Late Show Premiere almost didn’t make it to Air says Colbert

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Colbert Comes Down to Earth In Second ‘Late Show’ Episode.

Long before Stephen Colbert kicked off his highly touted debut on CBS this week, Broadway shows were jockeying to be the first to perform on the new “Late Show.” Colbert, a graduate of Northwestern University’s drama department, has put out the word that he wants Broadway to be part of his New York-based program. Donald Trump will take the stage at CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” just ten days after making a similar appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” a signal of how coveted the current crop of candidates for U.S.According to Nielsen, Stephen Colbert’s second broadcast as host of CBS ’s “The Late Show” drew 3.7 million viewers, a 44% drop from the 6.6 million that watched his debut show on Tuesday.Colbert, opening his second program on Wednesday night, said that a combination of an overstuffed show that needed to be edited and a technical glitch temporarily prevented producers from sending the finished product to the network. “At 11:20 — and this actually happened — no one in the building could give me a guarantee that the show was going to be on the air,” he said.

Elizabeth Warren), actors with something to promote (Kerry Washington, Hugh Jackman), and a healthy dose of intellectuals of the type who would have appeared on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report (Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, author Andrew Sullivan). EDT. “As I felt the oxygen begin to drain from my brain and all of my organs shutting down, I thought if we actually made it to air, this will be a pretty good story,” he said. “And if we don’t, it will still be a good story at the theater camp I will be running in Idaho.” Good thing for CBS that it was fixed, because viewers were curious. Colbert’s debut averaged 6.6 million viewers, more than double what Jimmy Fallon had on NBC’s “Tonight” show, according to the Nielsen company. “Tonight” returned to the top spot Wednesday, with the help of one of Fallon’s rap duets with Justin Timberlake. “Tonight” had 4.1 million viewers and Colbert had 3.7 million, Nielsen said. Fallon, whose Wednesday show show featured Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres, also had a 50% advantage among young-adult viewers. (Thursday’s Tonight Show will likely be delayed by the opening game of the NFL season.) It’s not uncommon for new shows to get big samplings and then decline sharply. After a rollicking debut show in which Colbert spent a full five minutes trashing the real estate magnate, it should be interesting to watch the two go head-to-head in an interview.

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. The program, which launched this week, is attempting to differentiate itself from competitors like “Tonight” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by booking politicians, government officials and other guests who don’t necessarily hail from Hollywood and the world of entertainment.

Appearances on the late-night shows are valued not because they sell tons of tickets — they don’t — but because they “raise awareness,” says a press agent. “It lodges the title in the minds of tourists, and it can help if you’re planning a national tour.” Fallon, who moved “The Tonight Show” to New York from Los Angeles, is a big Broadway booster. James Corden, of “The Late Late Show,” is a Broadway baby who won a Tony for “One Man, Two Guvnors.” But he’s in Los Angeles, so it makes no financial sense to send a bunch of cast members out there for a performance. Colbert’s arrival from Comedy Central where he hosted “The Colbert Report” to CBS where he is succeeding David Letterman had been heavily hyped and there was a curiosity factor around his first broadcast.

He did give a long plug one night to a revival of “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” when it played LA, but it had no effect on the anemic box office. Letterman moved from 12:35 a.m. on NBC to CBS at 11:35 p.m., he won the ratings race against then “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno for almost two years.

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