Inaugural 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Almost Didn't Air

Greg DeMarco

Stephen Colbert separated from his Colbert Report persona to provide his rendition of The Late Show on CBS this past Tuesday night. Despite the success of the debut episode, the show nearly didn't make it to air.

According to a report in Variety, Colbert started his second-ever edition of The Late Show by discussing the first. By his own admission, it was far from guaranteed that the show would make it to viewers' television sets (or streaming devices) even 15 minutes before the scheduled 11:35 p.m. airtime.

"The computers kept crashing... At 11:20 (p.m.) no one in the building could give me any certainty that the show was going to go on the air last night."

The show was a ratings success, scoring 6.6 million viewers in its first run. According to a CBS News report, that is a 206 percent increase over the same night in 2015, when The Late Show featured long-time host David Letterman at the helm.

Colbert's inaugural edition was full of surprises, including an appearance by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart at the end of "The Star Spangled Banner."

The show was also a general success on social media, with celebrities like Michael Moore, Amy Shumer, and even NBC Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon providing praise for Stephen Colbert on Twitter.

After a successful first show, it's easy to assume The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will be providing us with many newsworthy moments for years to come.

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