Trevor Noah’s “Every day Present” is averaging practically 1 million fewer viewers than Jon Stewart’s — however the present remains to be Comedy Central’s crown jewel.
When Trevor Noah introduced to his studio viewers on September 28 that he would step down from Comedy Central’s “The Every day Present,” it was a shock — to the viewers; to the staffers and Paramount International executives; and even to MTV Leisure CEO Chris McCarthy, who oversees Comedy Central and had lunch with Noah the day earlier than the announcement. And let’s not overlook the publicists; Noah’s to-camera announcement meant information broke on social media earlier than the episode aired.
An individual near manufacturing confirmed the lunch assembly, that Noah gave no indication of his impending exit, and nearly everybody on and across the present was “blindsided.” Comedy Central is presently constructing out a timeline for his departure, with Noah and his staff aiding within the transition. Regardless of hypothesis that the brand new “Every day Present” would go to streaming, the supply near manufacturing instructed IndieWire that the brand new program will stay on Comedy Central.
“We’re grateful to Trevor for our superb partnership over the previous seven years. With no timetable for his departure, we’re working collectively on subsequent steps,” a Comedy Central spokesperson mentioned within the official assertion offered to IndieWire. “As we glance forward, we’re excited for the following chapter within the 25+ 12 months historical past of ‘The Every day Present’ because it continues to redefine tradition via sharp and hilarious social commentary, serving to audiences make sense of the world round them.”
Whoever will get the desk gained’t get loads of Nielsen viewers. That’s definitely no fault of Noah’s; it’s true of just about each linear telecast. In Stewart’s remaining 2015 season, “The Every day Present” drew 1.309 million complete viewers per episode. Over the previous 12 months, Noah averaged 372,000 viewers — practically 1 million fewer, or 72 p.c. The present is down 81 p.c in scores in the important thing demographic of adults 18-49.
Unsurprisingly, Noah’s basic-cable present scores endure significantly compared to his community counterparts. Noah’s closest competitor, “Late Night time with Seth Meyers,” has greater than double the viewership with 804,000 complete viewers. Nevertheless, in a single space Noah dominates everybody: “The Every day Present” presently has probably the most engaged social viewers in late night time.
“The Every day Present” gained 31 million social followers since he took over from Stewart, for a complete of 45 million per Domo knowledge. Based on TubularLabs, Noah’s model has amassed greater than 15 billion views. It’s acquired probably the most mentions and publish feedback so far this 12 months, per ListenFirst. 12 months-to-date the sequence has greater than 1.8 billion views throughout social and greater than 31 billion minutes watched, per Domo.
So who is perhaps the following face for “the following part?” Perhaps Roy Wooden, Jr., a daily correspondent for this system since 2015 and the very first particular person Noah talked about in his announcement. Or Ronny Chieng, the second particular person Noah shouted out. Correspondent Desi Lydic didn’t get a reputation drop, however she’s one other chance (On hypothesis about Wooden, Jr., a Comedy Central spokesperson shared the next assertion: “In time, we’ll flip to the following chapter of ‘The Every day Present’ and all of our unimaginable correspondents will probably be on the high of that listing. Till then, we’re targeted on celebrating Trevor and thanking him for his many contributions.”)
Noah might be succeeded by contributor Jordan Klepper, however he’s carved out a pleasant area of interest supporting the present with longer-form work from the sector. Perhaps alum Samantha Bee, who just lately wrapped up a run at TBS, gained’t be out of the late-night recreation in any case. She might deliver husband and former fellow “Every day Present” correspondent Jason Jones, who additionally left for TBS, again along with her.
It nearly definitely won’t be Stewart, who’s underneath a multi-year deal at Apple TV+. An individual with information of the settlement instructed IndieWire that contract signed in 2020 nonetheless has a number of years remaining. Apple’s Emmy-nominated “The Downside With Jon Stewart” rolls out episodes each week or two — a a lot lighter workload for the man who hosted 2,584 “Every day Present” episodes. Per IMDb, Noah has hosted 1,060 episodes so far; O.G. host Craig Kilborn left after 380.
Or, perhaps the particular person to fill Noah’s sneakers will probably be somebody who is rather like he was: Though he was a well-known comic in his native South Africa, Noah was all however unknown stateside when he debuted on “The Every day Present” as its senior worldwide correspondent on December 4, 2014. Inside 4 months, he was named host.
Watch Noah’s Thursday night time announcement beneath. It’s already surpassed 1 million YouTube views. A rep for Noah didn’t instantly reply to IndieWire’s request for touch upon this story.
And for a visit down reminiscence lane, right here is Jon’s from seven years earlier:
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