The Daily Show has certainly gone through a metamorphosis in the last couple of years. The departure of Jon Stewart from the show had many shouting that this was the end of The Daily Show. And, after so many seasons with such a well-liked and charismatic host, after years of poking fun at politcs with the same, jolly face, who could blame them?
Well, the funny thing is, the show did survive, and, depending on who you ask, it’s done far more than merely scrape by. Trevor Noah stepped up to the plate in 2015, and while his audience is considerably smaller than Stewarts- 1 million viewers versus the 2 million that Stewart was getting at the end of his run- he’s seen a remarkable turnaround. Noah’s tenure has received high ratings across the board, and audience growth across viewers ages 18-49.
It’s for these reasons that Comedy Central has renewed Noah’s contract through the year 2022 – another 5 years in the limelight. Noah has been hosting the show for almost two years now, and with the show’s favorable ratings, it makes sense that Comedy Central would extend his contract well into the future – or what’s left of it.
“It’s really exciting to renew this contract for either five more years or until Kim Jong Un annihilates us all — whichever one comes first,” Noah said in a statement on Thursday.
Personally, I’m rooting for Noah. His show has never been an incredible display of his comedic chops, but it carries with it what made Stewarts Daily Show so watchable – heart. Hopefully Noah’s show can become a more rounded experience in the future.[via TVLine]