The last half-hour episode of the politics, culture and sports program will air this Wednesday.
Simmons previously worked for Disney's (DIS) ESPN, where he was a popular columnist, podcaster and editor-in-chief of the Grantland website until the network fired him in 2015. HBO scooped Simmons up last summer for a multiyear contract.
Dropping Any Given Wednesday normally would not ring warning bells, but Time Warner is under intense scrutiny lately after the New York company said Oct. 22 that it had agreed to a sale to Dallas telecom AT&T for a whopping $85.4 billion.
Cancelling the HBO show so soon after its debut in June could raise questions about HBO's ability to take a popular sports personality like Simmons and create a slam-dunk program. Clearly, this time around, HBO's efforts to utilize a star such as Simmons failed: Any Given Wednesday pulled in only about 82,000 live viewers for its Oct. 26 broadcast, according to Sports TV Ratings.
The show's ratings peaked on June 29 with 362,000 live viewers, Sports TV Ratings reported. Its final show this week will be only the 17th aired.
Stifel Nicolaus analyst Ben Mogil said via email that the cancellation of "just one show" does little to impact Time Warner's deal with AT&T. Mogil added there are "lots of puts and takes" in a transaction of that size.