Colbert audience drops 44% in Night 2

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3.7 million viewers for night two of Stephen Colbert, down 44% from debut.

Remember that gag from Tuesday’s premiere of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where CBS chairman Les Moonves was ready to switch to repeats of The Mentalist? Stephen Colbert revealed Wednesday on CBS’ “The Late Show” that his debut show almost didn’t make it to air Tuesday night due to technical difficulties. “I almost needed a heart transplant last night because a funny thing happened – and I’m telling you this is an absolutely true story I’m about to tell you – the show almost didn’t get on the air last night.Stephen Colbert’s first Late Show was full of surprises, memorable moments and so much footage he and his team couldn’t fit it into the show’s hour-long broadcast, posting bonus clips online the next morning.On last night’s episode, he shared a blanket with Scarlett Johansson for the first installment of a new segment, “Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars.” Colbert averaged 3.66 million viewers for his second CBS program, according to Nielsen, down 44% from the 6.55 million who watched his heavily promoted debut on Tuesday.

During Wednesday’s monologue, Colbert admitted that they suffered a major, panic attack-inducing technical snafu that nearly kept the show off the air entirely. It was a little long, it was a double-stuffed Oreo stuffed with other Oreos,” Colbert said, referencing his Donald Trump-Oreos bit. “You know, first show you want to do a lot.” Colbert said the “computers kept crashing” when they were trying to send it to the network after editing it down, and just minutes before the show was supposed to air at 11:35 p.m.

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” scored 1.85 million viewers and a .5 in the 18 to 49 category, bouncing back a bit after taking a hit Tuesday due to sampling for Colbert. Some of the best moments – like Bush’s thoughts on gun control and Clooney commenting on the Batman and Robin nipple controversy – were forced to online-only status. So you can imagine how exciting that was for all of us after CBS plastered my face on every flat surface on the planet.” “As I felt the oxygen begin to drain from my brain and all my organs began to shut down, I thought to myself, ‘if we get to air, this will be a pretty good story.’ And if it doesn’t, it’ll still be a pretty good story at the theater camp I will be running in Idaho.” Actress Scarlett Johansson was Colbert’s guest, the second straight night he featured a celebrity who also played a prominent role in predecessor David Letterman’s final run of shows.

I’m still not sure what the problem was but if you’re seeing this at home right now, it means we fixed it.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. The battle continues this week as Colbert has Vice President Joe Biden as his guest; Republican presidential nomination front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to appear with Fallon on Friday. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Lots of people wondered whether Colbert could be successful without his Comedy Central persona, as if the fact that he sustained that persona so effortlessly for so long wasn’t enough of a testament to his talents. It’s fashionable these days to mourn the supposed lost golden age of late night talk, when intellectuals sparred with each other and corruscating wit was the order of the day, so I won’t.

I’ll just say this: The “talk” part of the talk show has been somewhat devalued of late, and it will be good to have someone who can do both halves of the job description. To that end, I’m not looking forward to seeing him bantering with Jeb Bush tonight. (Then again, I was never exactly thrilled when he hung out with loveable war criminal Henry Kissinger on Comedy Central either.) Even so, the thing that made “The Colbert Report” so great wasn’t just the politics.

His initial guest list—with Broadway stars and Ban Ki-Moon nestled next to Bernie Sanders and George Clooney—suggests that he won’t be abandoning all of the elements of his old show.

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