The 10 Most Impressive Things About Stephen Colbert's Late Show Debut

Solid premiere attracts big advertisers—and Jon Stewart

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Of all CBS' fall premieres, none was as important to the network's future than last night's debut of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Not only does Colbert have to fill David Letterman's gargantuan shoes, but the network also needs him to keep Letterman's Late Show fans happy while also bringing over the much younger—and far more advertiser-friendly—audience from his longtime Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report. (The median age of a Letterman viewer this year was 60; The Colbert Report's last year was 42.)



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