Comedy Central won't renew ventriloquist show

Comedy Central has confirmed that “The Jeff Dunham Show” will not return for a second season.

A year ago, Dunham’s Christmas special set a record for the cabler by drawing 6.6 million viewers, leading to an overall deal for the ventriloquist-comedian that included the series, a standup special and tour, DVDs and consumer products.

“The Jeff Dunham Show” premiered to strong numbers in October — 5.3 million for its initial airing (a Comedy Central series debut record), 7.9 million if a same-night rerun is included — but the audience declined over time.

The season finale Dec. 10 drew 1.3 million viewers.

While the network has no plans to produce a second season, a Comedy Central spokesman said that the web continues to move forward with the other aspects of Dunham’s deal.

Dunham, Ross McCall, Aaron Peters, Judi Brown-Marmel, Robert Hartmann and Stu Schreiberg exec produced “The Jeff Dunham Show.”

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