Gutfeld!, which debuted April 5, is hosted by the long-time television personality and Fox News host who previously unleashed some scathing criticism of his comedic competitors.
‘If you cannot tell the other late night shows apart, join the club,’ Gutfeld said when announcing the launch of his weekday show.
‘They’re as bland as string cheese and not nearly as appetizing. It’s the same jokes, the same assumptions, probably the same writers, all reading the same columns from the same hacks in the New York Times.’
In Tuesday night’s monologue Gutfeld fired off jokes about the Taliban’s promise of taking a gentler approach to the Afghans.
‘They aren’t an enlightened bunch,’ he said of the Taliban. ‘Not only are not only stuck in the dark ages. They prefer everyone else join them there.
‘Their idea of women’s rights is letting her air out her burka once a year. However, we’ve been told by the press this is a “kinder, gentler Taliban.” What does that mean? They only partially behead you? They only throw gays out an eight-story window, not a 12-story one?’
His guests included former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, Townhall.com political editor Guy Benson, Fox News contributor Kat Timpf, and Washington Times opinion editor Charlie Hurt, who Gutfeld quipped ‘has been a guest more often than Hunter Biden on a crack pipe’.
NBC’s the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which also airs at 11.35pm, attracted about 1.22 million people, including 354,000 in the aforementioned age group.
Late night shake-up: The night Gutfeld unseated Colbert
Below are the late-night rankings for August 17, when Greg Gutfeld’s Gutfeld! unseated Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show:
Gutfeld!: 2.12 million viewers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: 1.9 million viewers
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Falon: 1.22 million viewers
The Eleventh Hour With Brian Williams: 1.12 million viewers
Don Lemon Tonight: 570,000