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Af­ter leav­ing South Africa for his Com­edy Cen­tral show in the US, Trevor Noah (pic­tured) faced a bar­rage of crit­i­cism and was be­ing com­pared to the for­mer host, Jon Ste­wart. Kent Al­ter­man, net­work pres­i­dent, con­tin­ued to de­fend the de­ci­sion to hire Noah, who cel­e­brated the first an­niver­sary of his ten­ure at Com­edy Cen­tral’s The Daily Show in spite of its nightly view­er­ship go­ing down 35%, ac­cord­ing to Nielsen, since Noah took over. Al­ter­man pointed out that it took time even for Ste­wart to mould the show in his image af­ter re­plac­ing Craig Kil­born, and said it was un­fair to com­pare Noah to Ste­wart.

Al­ter­man re­port­edly told the As­so­ci­ated Press: “We hired him for his tal­ent. We al­ways knew it would be a long game, and it would take him a while to find his way, find his voice, find his rhythm. If we take a step back and look at how he’s grow­ing, we’re very happy.”

But Noah’s lat­est au­di­ence data are re­veal­ing a dif­fer­ent suc­cess story for the fran­chise un­der his stew­ard­ship. The me­dian age of view­ers has dropped by six years, mak­ing him the host of the num­ber one show among mil­len­ni­als. – Staff re­porter

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