TODAY South Africans will be glued to their screens for their second dose of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (DStv 122).
According to a report by television writer Thinus Ferreira, last week his debut is said to have pulled 352 855 DStv viewers, with a the 2.6 rating which is reported to be the highest viewership ever achieved by Comedy Central in South Africa since the channel launched in Africa on DStv in December 2011.
The show is said to have surpassed Comedy Central’s previous viewership record which also featured the The Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr where Noah was the Roast master in 2012 and scored a 2.0 rating.
According to Deadline.com Noah’s second night hosting The Daily Show clocked a Live+Same Day audience of 1.231 million viewers in the show’s 11 PM ET Comedy Central time slot on September 30. That included 672K viewers in the 18-49 demo. One day earlier, making his debut as host, he’d logged 1.086 million viewers at 11 PM ET, but nabbed many more viewers in a major Viacom-wide simulcast across an additional 11 networks.
Comedy Central, which, like many cable networks these days typically does not issue numbers until Live+3 stats are available, made an exception for Noah’s premiere and put his Day 1 initial haul at 3.7M. That figure also included a repeat on the mothership. Other ratings sources put the number at 3.4M to 3.5M.
And, of course, all the numbers are subject to substantial change as the debut episode, and last night’s No. 2, will collect a substantial number of additional views in replays on Comedy Central and via other viewing platforms. More to come…
On his second night as host of the influential late-night series, Noah skewered presidential candidates’ romance with Lena Dunham and Kanye West as they wooed millennial voters. New The Daily Show host dipped a toe into American presidential cycle skewering, calling the White House race the ultimate contest to find the “toughest leader, sharpest thinker, and … old person who is best at pretending to like young-people things.” He dubbed it “Panderdemic.”
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is broadcast Tuesdays to Fridays in Africa on Comedy Central at 21:00. - report by Channel 24 and Deadline