TREVOR NOAH scores BIG IN THE US
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