Updated: Jon Stewart's Daily Show Adults 18-49 Ratings Top Leno and Letterman for the First Time

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November 4th, 2010

note the numbers below are Nielsen's "most current" ratings that are Live+7 days DVR through 10/18, and Live+Same Day DVR for the rest of the month.

Update: the numbers below exclude the week of 10/18 where Daily Show, Tonight Show and Late Show were all in repeats.  Had that week been included Stewart would have trailed both Letterman and Leno.

via press release:

"THE Daily Show WITH JON STEWART" BECOMES FIRST LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW

OTHER THAN "THE Tonight Show" OR "LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN"

TO FINISH A FULL MONTH AS NUMBER ONE AMONG ADULTS 18-49

Historically dominant among young men and young adults, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” finished the month of October as the #1 late night talk show among Adults 18-49.  This extraordinary achievement marked the first time that any late night talk show other than “The Tonight Show” or “Late Night with David Letterman” has claimed the top spot in this key demographic, dating back to at least 2000.

Late Night Talk Shows – October 2010 (ranked on A18-49 Delivery, most current data*)

1. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" - 1.3 million viewers

2. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" - 1.2 million viewers

3. "Late Show with David Letterman" - 1.2 million viewers

4. "The Colbert Report" - 900,000 viewers

5. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" - 800,000 viewers

6. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" - 700,000

7. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" - 700,000

8. "Chelsea Lately" - 650,000

9. "Lopez Tonight" - 450,000

*(L+7D thru 10/18, L+SD for the rest of the month)

In addition:

  • "The Daily Show" attracts more Adults 18-34 than any other late night talk show on air now.
  • "The Daily Show" attracts more Men 18-34 than any other late night talk show for 5 years running.
  • "The Daily Show" attracts more Adults 18-24 than any other late night talk show and has since 2007.
  • "The Daily Show" attracts more Men 18-24 than any other late night talk show and has since 2004.
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