James Corden churns out the buzzy bits, such as The Late Late Show‘s star-studded, always-viral Carpool Karaoke. Stephen Colbert, meanwhile… well, some might say he is right now hitting his stride with this week’s RNC coverage, a full 10 months into his Late Show tenure. (In fact, Monday’s live outing delivered the talker’s best overnight 18-49 rating in five months.)
Regardless, CBS will not be swapping the late-nighters’ time slots to give Corden the more plum real estate.
While conceding that The Late Show With Stephen Colbert‘s performance-to-date has been “uneven” (and thus triggered a showrunner change in April), CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have no plans to flip the two shows.”
“It’s really easy for people to pit the shows against each other. But they’re different kinds of shows, they’re different kinds of hosts,” the exec explained. “One was a known quantity to America, and the other was not. I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two….”
Offering his own take on the time-slot swap speculation, Colbert said as part of THR‘s cover story, “The implication of that question is that the show isn’t good enough in its present position. So of course that makes you feel bad. But it doesn’t jibe with what I know about our show, so you recover.”
Do you like CBS’ late-night shows right where they are, or would a swap make sense?