Noah inks con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2022

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NEW YORK — In a strong vote of con­fi­dence for its latenight cor­ner­stone, Com­edy Cen­tral said Thurs­day it has agreed to a con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep Trevor Noah as host of “The Daily Show” through 2022.

The net­work also said Noah would pro­duce and host spe­cials comed­i­cally wrap­ping up each year, start­ing in a few months.

The lit­tle-known South African comic was a leap of faith for Com­edy Cen­tral when he was se­lected to suc­ceed Jon Stew­art at “The Daily Show” two years ago. He started slowly but has made in­roads both crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially.

His show has av­er­aged 1.57 mil­lion view­ers so far this quar­ter, up 28 per­cent from the same pe­riod a year ago, ac­cord­ing to the Nielsen com­pany. That’s not at Stew­art’s level, but Noah is the most pop­u­lar late-night comic among view­ers aged 18-to-34, and he’s a par­tic­u­lar hit among peo­ple who stream high­lights on­line.

“It’s very sat­is­fy­ing to see our be­lief in him come to fruition,” said Kent Al­ter­man, Com­edy Cen­tral pres­i­dent.

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