The Daily Show‘s substitute host got off to a solid start on Monday night.
The launch of John Oliver’s 12-week takeover for Jon Stewart delivered 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating in the national Nielsens. That pretty much exactly matches Stewart’s average in the chair this year.
“Let’s all acknowledge for a moment that this is weird,” Oliver said to kick things off (video below). “This looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” Oliver has been a corespondent on Daily Show for seven years. Stewart is taking a break to direct his first film, Rosewater.