Jon Stewart’s Live Post-Debate Daily Show Delivers Strong Ratings

Jon Stewart hosted a live post-CNN presidential debate episode of The Daily Show last night, and viewers were apparently quite interested in what the veteran host had to say, especially those under the age of 50.

The Thursday, June 27 Daily Show episode averaged 174,000 P18-49 viewers at 11 p.m., per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. That number will likely increase dramatically once Nielsen live-plus-three and live-plus-seven data arrive in the coming days.

The 174,000 average in P18-49 represents The Daily Show’s largest live-plus-same-day delivery in the measurement in three-and-a-half months––since March 11 (176,000). Out of the 67 Daily Show episodes that have aired in 2024 to-date, last night’s episode was the sixth highest-rated in the P18-49 demo.

While viewers 18-49 flocked to Stewart’s live Daily Show, many over 50 apparently stuck with TV news for post-debate analysis; or perhaps they just went to bed. Last night’s episode averaged 685,000 total live-plus-same-day viewers, ranked No. 15 for the year to-date. That’s down substantially from Stewart’s most-recent stint hosting The Daily Show (740,000 on Monday, June 17), but still represents the show’s most-watched non-Monday episode of the year to-date.

The Daily Show is headed into a week-long holiday break. Jon Stewart will be back at the anchor desk Monday July 8th.

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