September 04, 2013 1:13pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Jon Stewart Lifts 'Daily Show' Audience Upon Return
John Oliver may have kept ratings steady while pinch-hitting for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this summer, but there's no denying the regular host's appeal among viewers.
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, with Stewart back at the anchor desk for the first time in more than two months, averaged 2.02 million viewers on Tuesday night. That's a 24 percent improvement over the year-to-date average -- and a 21 percent boost from last September's average.
It was a similar story with the key demographics, including Comedy Central's sought-after men 18-34. The broadcast brought in a 1.5 rating with that group, up 15 percent from the year-to-date average and an impressive 30 percent from last September.
The past two months saw Daily Show correspondent Oliver sitting at the desk, averaging a 0.97 rating with men and adults 18-34 and netting an average 1.299 million viewers.