2:22pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Jon Stewart's Exit Announcement Gooses 'Daily Show' Ratings
The Daily Show got a ratings lift on Tuesday night. With Jon Stewart using the telecast to announce his retirement, and news spreading hours before broadcast, viewership rose 30 percent from the previous episode.
Like plenty of daily series, The Daily Show's live-plus-same-day ratings tend to vacillate — but it was also up 40 percent from the prior Tuesday telecast, averaging 1.65 million viewers. With an average 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, it also served as cable's highest-rated original telecast in the 11 p.m. half-hour.
Stewart sees a significant portion of his audience added in with time-shifting. Still, Tuesday saw the telecast earn some of its highest live numbers since the entire block was boosted back in December with Stephen Colbert's record-breaking sign-off.
Whoever Comedy Central taps to replace Stewart has some very big shoes to fill. His has been one of the most consistent reigns in late-night as many of his contemporaries have come and gone or lost ratings steam.