Everyone was delightfully surprised when 31-year-old South African comedian, Trevor Noah, was announced as the new host for the popular Comedy Central show, The Daily Show. Jon Stewart had occupied the host’s seat for nearly 20 years and was expected to step down this year, but it came as quite a surprise when it was announced that Trevor Noah would be taking over. Of course many people immediately starting doubting the abilities of this South African comedian, even going so far as to accuse him of racism and sexism and a whole bunch other crimes against humanity in general.
But now all the haters can just go home and shut up, as Variety reports that Noah’s debut as the new host of The Daily Show drew in 3.475 million viewers across 12 Viacom channels in the US on Monday night. To put this figure into perspective – the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart drew in less viewers at 3.471 when it aired on the same 12 Viacom channels on 06 August 2015.
Comedy Central reports that approximately 7.3 million people watched The Daily Show on Monday in the US and that it also drew in a younger crowd with an average age of 41.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah premiered last night on Comedy Central DStv channel 122 at 21:00, with MultiChoice opening the channel to DStv Compact subscribers for a week from 28 September 2015 to allow them to get a taste of the local comedian on this massive show.