Stewart/Colbert rally brings in big ratings
November 2nd, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Stewart/Colbert rally brings in big ratings

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear drew about 250,000 people to the National Mall this past Saturday, but there were hundreds of thousands more who were there in spirit via live stream, according to a release from Comedy Central.

The network, which airs Stewart’s “Daily Show” and the “Colbert Report,” reports that there were 570,000 live streams happening via or an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

This turned Saturday’s rally into one of the largest live-streamed events for MTV Networks, and it was the largest single event ever for Foursquare. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was an “Epic Swarm,” with more than 50,000 check-ins between the two locations and more than 25,000 badge unlocks, according to the statement.

To top it off, the rally also pulled in 2 million viewers during Comedy Central’s live coverage from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Late Night comedy • television

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  1. Johnson

    Beck initiates, others try to imitate, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    November 6, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kell

    I was there as well, in the area directly behind the Press. The permit was for 100,000 people, and they, the Park Service, closed the event to entry at 11 am.

    Dann, FOX was there, but they were more interested in the crowd and the few protesters that appeared, than what was actually happening on the stage itself.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ?Sane?

    It was packed the worst FOX could come up with was the pot signs

    November 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dann

      That is of course, if Fox would have actually been there, being that they didn't feel it was in good taste to be present, since it was supposedly a "political" event, and they are too quote/unquote "fair and balance', that they wouldn't want to show up and show any political leaning. Give me a break!

      November 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LoJenk

    November 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda

    It also doesn't count the CNN live stream that I wanted on.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superhiro

    Stewart/Colbert 2012?

    November 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dave

    Way way WAY better than Beck boys little deal. More entertaining, more informative. Better, accross the board.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 1

    I was there, but still don't understand what it was about. Who should I vote for today?

    November 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob Sarto

    As one of the people in attendance on Saturday, I can assure you the numbers seem accurate. I have never seen that many people assembled in one location. There were crowds on the mall all the way back to the sides of the reflecting pond. In front of all of the museums along the mall there were people sitting on steps, ledges, etc. All of the side streets leading to the mall were also closed to traffic and filled with people.

    It was an amazing day and made me proud that so many others felt that rational and productive discourse has seemingly left media coverage simply because it doesn't garner ratings. I'm glad to see that the web and TV showed very encouraging numbers of additional support.

    November 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    This is further proof that we are not alone in our frustrations. A wonderful byproduct of the rally was that it got people talking. We are noticing that the disgust with the direction politics has taken extends far past our dinner tables, and even past our neighborhoods. It is nationwide. In fact I applaud CNN, because following the rally I can see a visible difference in the reporting. Keep the conversation going! I have posted comments on The Daily Show's forum to attempt to do just that. Please read (link below) and comment, positive or negative it doesn't matter as long as we keep the conversation going.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Emily

    Or the thousands of people who were still trying to get on the metro to go to the mall.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    And that doesn't count CSPAN's streaming or live broadcast.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |

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