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Comedy Central extends The Jim Jefferies Show and The President Show

Great news for fans of this summer’s new late-night entries on Comedy Central, as the network announced during the summer TCAs that it has granted extensions to both The Jim Jefferies Show and The President Show through the end of 2017.

The Jim Jefferies Show, which has aired at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays ET/PT following Tosh.0, stars stand-up Jim Jefferies with his weekly take on the headlines and social commentary segments, plus recurring cameos from his “weatherman,” played by Brad Pitt!

It’ll get 10 more weeks of new episodes, starting Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

“Jim Jefferies continues to surprise me,” said Comedy Central President Kent Alterman.

The Jim Jefferies Show ranks as the #1 new comedy in 2017 among Men 18-34 among all ad-supported cable in prime and has had a great start on the digital front as one of Comedy Central’s most-viewed new series on its owned and operated platforms across the past two years.

Jefferies sat down with me in his office last month to talk about his adventures since coming to America from Australia and Great Britain.


The President Show, meanwhile, gets an additional seven episodes for a total of 22 episodes — starring Anthony Atamanuik as President Donald J. Trump. It airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, but beginning Thursday, September 28, The President Show will premiere at midnight, following new late-night series The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.

“When POTUS himself gets so direct and simplistic it’s hard to understand what he means, it’s valuable to have Anthony there to translate the nuances for us,” said Alterman.

“I’m very excited to continue to chronicle the rapid decline of Western Civilization,” said Atamanuik. “I want to thank Comedy Central and the fearless Kent Alterman for extending our show for an additional seven episodes with no end in sight!”

The President Show premiered on April 27 to 1 million viewers (L3), the biggest audience for a Comedy Central series premiere since Broad City. Across its inaugural season of making late night great again, the series is up +17% with total viewers in its timeslot versus year ago with its Adult 18-49 rating up +10%. Since its debut, The President Show has outperformed the previous time period occupant by +140% in total viewers and +46% among Adult 18-49 ratings across the prior four-week average. Full episode streams of The President Show are up over +225% compared to all other 2017 premieres on Comedy Central.

Atamanuik talked to me about playing Trump way back when we didn’t really believe this would actually happen, alongside James Adomian as Bernie Sanders.

Sean L. McCarthy

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