Joining Corden for his premiere were Oscar winner Tom Hanks and actress Mila Kunis--but many stars of stage and screen made cameo appearances as well.
Corden succeeded Craig Ferguson, the critically acclaimed host of the CBS late-night series for the past 10 years. Ferguson signed off Dec. 19, 2014.
According to Deadline.com, Corden's debut show earned a 1.4/5 rating, an increase of 27 percent from the same night in 2014. That rating also was higher than NBC's Seth Meyers, who drew a 1.2/4 rating. However, ABC's "Nightline" fared better than Corden, earning a 1.4/5 rating during the show's first half-hour. In the clip that follows, Corden "shows how he became the host of 'The Late Late Show' over the likes of Simon Cowell, Chris Rock and Lena Dunham in a fashion fit for Willy Wonka, and with a lot of help from Jay Leno." Watch for appearances by Corden's Into the Woods co-star Meryl Streep, plus Allison Janney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more.
"The Late Late Show" airs weeknights at 12:37 AM ET.