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By Paul J. Gough
NEW YORK — Count Comedy Central as one of the networks getting aratings boost from the Democratic and Republican nationalconventions.
As it has for years, the network’s “The Daily Show With JonStewart” shifted from its New York base to the DNC (staged inDenver this year) and the RNC (St. Paul, Minn.).
For the past two weeks’ worth of Tuesday-Friday telecasts, “DailyShow” averaged 1.7 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research saidThursday. That’s up 37% compared with the “Indecision 2004″convention coverage from Boston and New York in 2004. Viewers 18-49jumped 42% to 1.1 million compared with four years ago, and men18-24 rose 46% to 186,000.
For the DNC, “Daily Show” was up 23% to 1.5 million viewers and sawdouble-digit increases in all the major demos. For the RNC, itaveraged 1.8 million viewers, up 32% from four years ago.
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