It took a little while, but The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah has finally come into his own this past year. In June, Comedy Central announced that the show, under Noah’s leadership, had earned some of its biggest viewer numbers since the host had taken over for Jon Stewart in 2015. Since then, those numbers have only continued to improve, with August turning out to be another career-high stat for the young host. Now, the network execs have made it clear just how committed to Noah they are, announcing today that they have extended the South African comic’s contract through 2022.
Part of the new contract states that Noah will produce and host a “year-end Daily Show special” each year, beginning at the end of 2017, in an effort to celebrate another year that humanity has avoided nuking itself into oblivion.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing this amazing journey with both fans of The Daily Show and Comedy Central,” said Noah of the news. “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.”
“Trevor makes us look smart on a daily basis, and for that we’re grateful,” said Comedy Central president Kent Alterman.
The fans clearly find Noah to be as smart and entertaining as Alterman does, as The Daily Show has experienced massive growth in viewership among both total viewers and adults aged 18-49, a key demographic. That puts him ahead of fellow late night vehicles like Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show with James Corden. What’s more, The Daily Show is on pace to surpass The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon as the most watched daily late-night show among millennials in the third quarter of the year, an impressive stat and proof positive that Noah has what it takes to carry the show for the long haul.