After seven years as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central,Trevor Noah is stepping down due to the decline in ratings for late night shows.
The premiere episode of The Daily Show hosted by Noah drew 3.47 million viewers, which was the same as the last episode of Jon Stewart.
The Daily Show had an average of 1.1 million viewers that year, which was behind broadcast shows like NBC's The Tonight Show and CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The ratings for late-night shows went down in 2015, with Stephen Colbert taking over for David Letterman on CBS and Noah replacing Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.
By August of this year, The Daily Show had just 383,000 viewers, a 65% drop from last year's ratings and a far lower figure than any network late-night program.
Last month, Gutfield!, a conservative show that launched last year, averaged 2.19 million viewers, followed by Colbert with 2.16 million, and a portion of the month was off.
A total of 10 million. As late-night shows draw large online audiences, The Daily Show has a large subscriber base. The segment has over one million views. Stephen Colbert has 8.97 million viewers and Late Night With Stephen Colbert has 4.37 million.
It is not known when Noah will leave The Daily Show or who will replace him.
In 1995 Jay Leno's Tonight Show drew 5.8 million viewers, while David Letterman's Late Show drew over 4 million. The decline in late-night TV ratings is a symptom of viewers abandoning linear programming in favor of streaming, as cable subscribers cut the cord in favor of cheaper alternatives. In July of this year, streaming overtook cable as the most watched TV program in the world, and in the next five years, nearly 5 million people will get rid of their cable or satellite subscription. With so much to watch, viewers probably don't care as much about the late-night wars as they have in the past. The late-night TV field has shrunk. The last 11 of O'Brien's shows were on the cable network. James Corden will be leaving The Late Late Show next year, and Full Frontal WithSamantha Bee was canceled by TBS in June.
Even as the field contracts are in place, the futures of just a few big name shows are secure. Jimmy Kimmel extended his contract with ABC last week, despite rumors that he would leave Live! The Tonight Show was renewed for five years last year, but the Wall Street Journal reports NBC is considering moving the show to later in the evening. Colbert has a contract with CBS.
The White House Correspondents Dinner was hosted by Noah, who has hosted the Grammys for the last two years. He's going to return to stand-up comedy once he leaves The Daily Show.
The show made late-night television nearly all male again.
The Tonight Show just hit 30 million subscribers.