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'Daily Show With Jon Stewart' Tops 'Conan' in January

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is the most-watched late-night cable series, while TBS’ Conan still pulls more viewers in the 18-34 demo.

In total viewers, The Daily Show averaged 1.56 million while Conan placed second with 1.12 million. The Colbert Report (1.1 million) and Chelsea Lately (878,000) followed.

In the key 18-49 demo for January, The Daily Show placed first with a 0.78 rating (867,000). Conan O’Brien’s late-night talker was a close second with a 0.72 rating (811,000). However, in the 18-34 category, O’Brien proved victorious, earning a 0.93 rating (543,000), while Stewart drew a 0.88 (499,000).

Though Conan placed first in January for the 18-34 demo, The Daily Show was up 8 percent vs. Conan for the week of Jan. 24, averaging 1.74 million vs. 1.22 million.

The Daily Show was again tops for January in men 18-34 (1.18; 335,000) and men 18-24 (1.31; 156,000).

Comedy Central touts that The Daily Show has beaten Conan in total viewers and men 18-24 every week since the week of Nov. 29 and has been the top-rated late-night cable show in the key demo since the new year.

Compared with last January, The Daily Show is up 9 percent in viewership (1.56 million vs. 1.42 million) while Conan is down a tad compared with last year’s Lopez Tonight numbers (1.15 million vs. 1.12 million).