The Daily Show Sees Mixed Ratings Trend During Week of March 25, 2024

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data for the week of March 25, 2024 (live-plus three isn’t available through Thursday yet), Comedy Central’s late-night talk program averaged 540,000 total viewers and 109,000 P18-49. That’s a -1% drop-off in total viewers, and a -3% decline in P18-49 viewers from the show’s most-recent week of original episodes (week of March 11, 2024).

Jon Stewart’s Monday, March 25 episode, his sixth as The Daily Show Monday host, averaged 1,774,000 total viewers and 309,000 P18-49 viewers per Nielsen live-plus-three data. That’s -11% in total viewers and -8% in P18-49 viewers from Stewart’s March 11 episode, and his smallest Monday audience since returning to The Daily Show on a weekly basis.

After Stewart’s Monday episode, The Daily Show appointed contributor Jordan Klepper as host of its Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, March 28, 2024 episodes. They averaged 446,000 total viewers and 91,000 P18-49 viewers, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. That’s up +8% in total viewers, but -1% in P18-49 viewers from the show’s most recent Tuesday-Thursday original episodes, when TDS correspondents Desi Lydic and Michael Kosta served as co-hosts.

Despite this mixed viewership trend, numbers remain relatively strong for The Daily Show in the Jon Stewart Monday era. For reference, prior to the writers’ strike in May, rotating Daily Show guest hosts averaged 369,000 total viewers per show; when The Daily Show resumed in mid-October after writers’ strike concluded, that average fell to roughly 300,000 viewers on average.

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