If the early numbers are any indication, The Daily Show will do fine with Jon Stewart on an 8 week hiatus.
Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver has taken over for Jon Stewart and the ratings stay about the same.
Monday's episode of The Daily Show, which featured guest Seth Rogen, averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49.
Not only are those numbers in line with the series' year-to-date performance, they mark a modest week-to-week improvement for the late-night flagship.
The initial returns are contrary to what the self-effacing Oliver recently told The Hollywood Reporter. "The ratings are going to go down," he said. "Ice is cold, and the ratings of this show are going to go down in the summer. Add to that the fact that I’m here, so you’ll have your regular summer decline and that will become a more elemental nosedive."
So far, that's not the case.