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Jon Stewart Leads The Daily Show to 1.5 Million Viewers in Much-Anticipated Return

Jon Stewart continues to host The Daily Show on Monday nights during this election year. The show’s other correspondents host the program the rest of the week through Thursdays.

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The saying goes “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” And that was certainly true in the case for Comedy Central this past Monday, Feb. 12 with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

A combined total of 1.557 million viewers across five Paramount Global-owned networks, according to Nielsen Media Research, watched Stewart’s highly anticipated return to the multiple Emmy-winning program he had hosted from 1999-2015.

The largest bulk of that figure, of course, came from Comedy Central, which was 930,000 viewers – the most for an original Daily Show 11 PM telecast airing on the network since a Trevor Noah-hosted episode back on March 28, 2018 (943,000).

It also delivered a 0.617 rating in the key 25-54 demographic. (Note: a 1.0 rating among 25-54 equates to 1.21 million viewers within the aforementioned age range, meaning approximately 747,000 in the demo on Comedy Central.) This marked the show’s best demo performance since Aug. 28, 2017.

Its share — the percentage of U.S. TV sets in usage at 11-11:51 p.m. that were tuned in to Daily Show – was a 4.21; the largest for the program since Stewart’s farewell back on Aug. 6, 2015.

TV Land (292,000 viewers), Paramount Network (133,000), Pop TV (105,000), MTV (97,000), MTV2, CMT, and Logo offered Daily Show simulcasts from 11:00–11:51 PM as well.

The 8-network simulcast plus Comedy Central’s late-night rerun at 1:25 AM brought the viewer total to 1.85 million overall. 

The current cable TV landscape is much different than in 2015. Jon Stewart’s exit (3.47 million on Aug. 6, 2015) and Trevor Noah’s hosting debut (3.42 million combined from multiple Viacom-owned cable networks on Sep. 28, 2015) drew far bigger audiences at a time when there were approximately 100 million U.S. homes subscribed to cable. Nine years later, the amount of cable homes is now about two-thirds of that figure, with younger audiences more preferring cord-cutting or never subscribing to cable TV in the first place.

Within the past year, while Daily Show still attracts decent demos compared to other programs on cable news outlets, it had previously last reached the 500,000-viewer threshold back in Nov. 17, 2022 when former President Barack Obama was a guest with Noah (501;000).

That is, until Feb. 12, 2024.

Trevor Noah’s last episode on Dec. 8, 2022 posted 443,000 viewers. 

Of the guest hosts in 2023 who filled in for the departed Noah, former U.S. senator Al Franken had the show’s most-watched week (Mar. 20-23, 2023: 438,000 average) while former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj (Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 2023: 0.11, A25-54 rating) delivered its best weekly demo of the year.

Stewart has not been technically absent since leaving Daily Show in 2015. He’s an outspoken advocate for 9/11 first responders and war veterans’ health benefits. He also had a brief stint helming The Problem with Jon Stewart for Apple TV+ but to little fanfare on the scarcely-seen streaming service.

Jon Stewart continues to host The Daily Show on Monday nights during this election year. The show’s other correspondents host the program the rest of the week through Thursdays.

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Popular CNN Podcast and Newsletter ‘5 Things’ Gets Weekday Morning Slot on Max

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

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CNN has announced plans to create a streaming TV news program based on its popular podcast and newsletter 5 Things on Max.

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

“It’s the five essential stories of the morning in five minutes or less,” Bolduan said in a video promoting the launch of the show.

The show was set to be a tentpole of the shuttered CNN+ streaming service when it launched before Warner Bros. Discovery ended the platform mere weeks after its introduction.

A launch of a new program from CNN on the Max platform is latest expansion of the news brand’s digital focus under new CEO Mark Thompson.

In the March 2024 rankings from Podtrac, 5 Things was the 20th most listened-to podcast in the country, falling one spot from its previous month’s ranking.

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Leland Vittert: Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud of Tucker Carlson

“He’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews.”

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In an interview for his digital video show, Tucker Carlson interviewed a Palestinian Christian Pastor — Dr. Munther Isaac — who claimed the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are killing members of his faith in Bethlehem. NewsNation host Leland Vittert couldn’t hold in his criticism of his former Fox News colleague after seeing the interaction.

In his takedown of Carlson, Vittert argued that the pastor he sat down with has lived and worked in an area controlled by Palesinians for “almost two decades,” so his insinuation that it is actually Israel doing the damage in his area is preposterous.

“If you wake up in the morning and decide that your Christian faith requires you to support a foreign government blowing up churches and killing Christians, I think you’ve lost the thread,” Carlson said while speaking with the reverend on his Tucker on X program published Tuesday.

Leland Vittert — after juxtaposing Carlson’s opinions with those of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart — took the opportunity to compare Tucker Carlson to one of the more prominent Nazi figures.

“Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi propaganda chief — would be proud,” said Vittert. “Tucker’s a smart guy. Yet, he’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews. Twenty years ago, we all remember, Stewart exposed Tucker for what he is. That ended Carlson’s tenure on CNN’s Crossfire.

“But there’s a larger lesson to take now six months since Hamas attacked Israel, since the hostages were taken. Hamas has been exposed for what they are. Stewart has been exposed for caving to his liberal viewers. Carlson’s been exposed for siding with terrorists. And now in America – and this is the sad part – hating Jews, calling for their destruction, celebrating their rape? It’s now ok. It’s hard to have peace with people who think that is ok.”

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CBS News to Rebrand Streaming Network

The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

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CBS News has announced an upcoming rebrand of its streaming network and will double the amount of live hours in the process.

On Monday, April 22nd, CBS News Streaming Network will become CBS News 24/7. The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

“CBS News 24/7 is a decidedly ambitious evolution of our streaming efforts,” said McMahon. “Data backs up our bet on a fresh, timely, and distinctive approach to breaking news and live coverage. Our audiences crave it, and we’re in the best position to deliver it.”

The network will add a show with John Dickerson called The Daily Report, as well as an extended edition of America Decides on the date of the rebranding. CBS News Roundup and CBS News Confirmed will each be added later this year.

Several “hub” cities will help contribute content to the streaming network. Those hubs will include Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tampa.

“These news hubs will help us overall respond to stories faster during breaking news simply because we will have people there,” Senior Vice President of Domestic Newsgathering Terri Stewart told CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “Our national movement of community journalism is in response to population shifts across the country, and it’s an extension of what we did at CBS Stations to turn neighborhoods into newsrooms.”

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