CBS' "The Late Late Show With
The show scored an overnight rating of 1.4/5 in 56 metered markets, according to early Nielsen numbers. That is up 27% from the same night last year. It is also a 17% increase over "The Late Late Show" season average (1.2/4) when it was hosted by
Ferguson, the former Scottish-born host of CBS' late night show, told his studio audience in April 2014 that he would leave in December when his contract expired.
CBS announced in September that Corden would replace Ferguson. Popular overseas, the British writer, actor and comedian won a BAFTA for his performance in the sitcom "Gavin and Stacey," which he also co-wrote and co-produced, and took home a Tony in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Corden came in 17% ahead of NBC's "Late Night With
But the two Jimmys --
"What it is on March 23 is not what it will be, and we can't beat ourselves up too much about it," Corden told The Times in a recent interview. "Because the very nature of these shows is that they're bred on familiarity and they're bred on connection, and it's impossible to have that straightaway."
Detailed viewership numbers for the show will be released later Tuesday.