Noah inks contract extension to 2022
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.