The Daily Show Sees Mixed Ratings Trend During Holiday-Shortened Week

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data for the week of June 17, 2024, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show averaged 526,000 total viewers with 111,000 P18-49. Relative to the prior week of first-run episodes (June 10-13, 2024), that’s up +2% in total viewers, but -1% in P18-49.

It’s worth keeping in mind that The Daily Show aired three new episodes this past week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday), as opposed to the usual four. The program was preempted on Wednesday, June 19 due to the Juneteenth holiday.

Jon Stewart’s Monday, June 17 episode, his 16th since returning to The Daily Show as weekly host, averaged 740,000 total viewers with 165,000 P18-49 at 11 p.m., per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. That’s -4% in total viewers, but +18% in P18-49 from the previous Monday episode. The same June 17 Daily Show averaged 1,399,000 total viewers with 258,000 P18-49 once Nielsen live-plus-three data arrived. When taking that data into account, Stewart’s June 17 episode is -10% in total viewers and -15% in P18-49 from his previous Monday episode (June 10).

The Daily Show correspondents Ronny Chieng and Desi Lydic co-hosted the program’s Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 20, 2024 installments. Those episodes averaged 420,000 total viewers with just 85,000 P18-49 at 11 p.m., per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. That’s -3% in total viewers, and -17% in P18-49 viewers relative to the most recent week of non-Stewart-led episodes (when Jordan Klepper was at the desk).

A good deal of Daily Show viewing is done more than 24 hours after the episode’s initial airing, and the aforementioned averages should grow exponentially once delayed viewing data becomes available.

Prior to the writers’ strike in May 2023, rotating Daily Show guest hosts averaged just 369,000 total live-plus-same-day viewers per show; when The Daily Show resumed in mid-October after writers’ strike concluded, that average fell to roughly 300,000 viewers.

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