'Daily Show' No. 1 late-night show among adults
November 4th, 2010
07:05 PM ET

'Daily Show' No. 1 late-night show among adults

It looks like Conan O’Brien will have some serious competition when “Conan” debuts at 11 p.m. on Monday.

The current king of late night is none other than “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, as the Comedy Central mock newscast closed out October as the No. 1 late night talk show among adults 18-49.

This makes the “Daily Show” the first program that wasn’t “The Tonight Show” or“The Late Show with David Letterman” to do so since at least 2000, according to a press release from Comedy Central.

But ratings website TVByTheNumbers.com offers a few grains of salt with this news, pointing out that during the week of October 18, all three of the late night programs mentioned were airing repeats. The site suggests that if that week had been included, “Daily Show” would’ve been behind both Letterman and Leno.

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  11. CouchTomato

    Saw a commercial about Building 7 on CNN last night. A friend said she saw the same commercial on Comedy Central the night before. Is this what Stewart is talking about? Didn't know family members were that concerned about the lingering questions. The website address given at the end of the commercial is htpp://buildingwhat.org Also read recently that Stewert's brother is the chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exhange. Pretty influential family ...

    November 7, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. drock2289

    So does everyone here agree that Jon's show has an openly liberal bias? As long as that's openly declared I (disclosure: conservative-leaning moderate) think his show is very funny. . . .except, I guess, when he just mocks people. Like making fun of Christine O'Donnell because she disapproved of masturbation–how does that make her unqualified to be a Senator? That's just an ad hominem attack. Don't get me wrong–she's said some off the wall stuff–but the fact is that Jon isn't any more unbiased than FOX is–he's just biased in the opposite direction. He just mocks people he disagrees with, calls them stupid–or, worse, calls them "competent and well-run" (@Jo) to fuel the idea that FOX is part of some masterfully executed "vast right-wing conspiracy" to dupe the "less-educated" segments of the American public into voting against their own best interests (i.e. by voting for Republicans). Now, of course, FOX is a big proponent of the "vast left-wing conspiracy" theories too–not saying some conservatives don't fight dirty, too–but, honestly, there are very few better ways to utterly invalidate and dismiss-out-of-hand a worldview which differs from your own than the assumption that anyone who professes to deeply and fundamentally differ with you is either a dupe and getting ripped off or a charlatan who dupes and rips off simpletons. You're basically saying that it's impossible for any intelligent person to truly disagree with your own perspective–either they know you're really right and are "in on" a conspiracy, or they're idiots who don't understand why you're right. This is the *height* of arrogance, self-importance, in general the opposite of the type of "sanity" which Jon Stewart professes to promote.
    But the man is hilarious, and I have not missed an episode in months–precisely BECAUSE I sometimes disagree with him so strongly.

    November 6, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • zzmook

      Excuse the pun, but Christine O'Donnell's stance on masturbation, and the very fact that she takes a stance on it at all, shows how out of touch she is with the electorate. We want someone to fight for job creation, and she can't get off the topics of hand job ethics and teaching creationism in our schools. She knew NOTHING about anything other than fundamentalist Christianity, and we Delaware voters called it like we saw it.

      I still can't believe Castle went on NPR and said he didn't think he could have won as a write in – most of us don't see how he could have lost.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Galileo's ghost

    Look, here's a litmus test from the book "Earth".... "secular mantis" ... if you get it, and break out in a grin without feeling offended, you're going to love the Daily Show, if you don't get it... then... "HELLO FOX and friends, I'm a blank tablet, write on me!!"

    In addition to the "FOX is funding the Mosque" piece, another good example of solid journalism would be the whole series of episodes roasting Jim Cramer, which were more informative about the economic meltdown and the unprecedented levels of sleeze behind it than any "real" news network came close to providing.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny Almore

    He called Obama "dude."

    November 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jo

    Why is Stewart heaping so much praise on Fox News now? I feel sucker-punched in the gut. What's his game?

    November 5, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  16. seri ously

    Check out Rachel Maddows commentary last night about the right wing closed circuit media making up rumors and confirming it within their own circle. Genious!

    November 5, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. mejazzbo

    I'm thinking Craig Ferguson is the "King of Late Night". Stewart and Colbert are certainly Kings of their time spots. All three are better than anybody in "the rut".

    November 5, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. ScottJ

    Colbert and Stewart are so great and popular because they appeal to the younger generations who were trained in critical thinking, something many older viewers of FOXNews, MSNBC, CNN, were not, and generally don't appreciate when processing information. And they employ some of the best comic writers and correspondents (look at how many former correspondents are now huge names in show business). The news is so hard to watch that taking it with comedy and a grain of salt is the way many prefer now.

    November 5, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. tidho

    Lets be fair, Stewart's ratings are always going to spike at election time. Politics is a consistent area of focus for him, and people are simply more interested then.

    He does a nice job and it very funny. It would be a much better show if he aproached it as a centrist rather than a liberal though. He will attach stupidity on either side of the isle, but you can't watch his show and not know exactly which direction he leans, which is unfortunate.

    Conan is definately going to take a bite out of him. Hopefully they both top Leno.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  20. ALEXIA

    I love The Daily Show. Jon Stewart doesn't want to be considered a "Leader" of anything. From what I an see, most of New York is liberal and so what if he is. The best part of the show is when they show clips of the politicians showing what hypocrites and liars and how Fox news blows everyhing out of proportion like when they said that Obama said the Republicans had to get on the back of the bus when is said back seat of the CAR he was driving not BUS. They implied that he was being racist but then the daily show aired a clip of Michael Steele from this summer saying that Pelosi had to get on the back of the bus. The republicans made such a big deal about what Obama didn't say and they were being so hypocrital and that is what I love about that show. They show this.They do the same to the democrats. They show the truth but at the same time make it amusing. Just like when all the Republicans and Fox news kept saying that Obama was trying to shove,ram so on healthcare down everyones throats.... hysterical. I think you know where The Daily Show took that one. Whoever doesn't like The Daily Show has no sense of humor and doesn't want to see the truth.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. beyondthetech

    Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show are my favorite shows on TV. My only complaint about The Daily Show is that it's not an hour show. There's so much news to satirize and properly publicize, and we'd probably be working their writing staff into the ground, but double their salary and put in a full-time Starbucks inside their office!

    November 5, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. Dolce21

    This man is as lethal as Maher is with his mouth, always change channels when he is on, and Maher also. They try to interpret the ideas of the American people. ALL LIBERAL. And it is not.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. John

    Why do people assume that young (18-49) people get their news from Jon S? This does not say that the Daily Show is the # 1 NEWS PROGRAM, it's the number one late night show. It does show that Johnny Carson's format of late night T.V. is less popular. Keep it up Jon – Letterman and Leno shows will be sold as dvd sets on an infomercial @ 2 am before too long.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  24. BB

    Stewart is wonderful for comedy news. If you want to see great late night comedy better than all of the others, watch Craig Ferguson

    November 5, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. truthfulster

    Like a true liberal!

    November 5, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  26. DavidBDH

    People watch Jon Stewart because he actually examines what real "news" stations report. There are at least 4 examples of him showing full clips of an incident after new networks and politicians criticize a portion of a clip. He's done this to both republicans and democrats! Now, there's no denying he's pretty darn liberal but he also has no problem calling the left out on their outrageous behavior. That's why I enjoy his show as a left leaning independent. Smart, funny and factual. He doesn't pretend to be what he's not but still does better investigative journalism than many of our supposed reputable new stations.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. truthfulster

    Hey Mike, you should move to either CA or MA the way you think, I don't watch every Beck show like clock work only about 93% but I've never heard him lie, so give me an example. On the other hand I have gone to college and have heard many more lies then could ever be heard in the 7% of the Beck shows that I haven't watched.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • SamS

      Here are 10 Glen Beck lies for you, hopefuloy that is enough:
      Labor union president Andy Stern is “most frequent visitor” at the White House.
      Less than 10% of Obama’s Cabinet appointees “have any experience in the private sector.”
      “Mitt Romney … gave you government health care that is now bankrupting the state” of Massachusetts.
      Forty-five percent of doctors “say they’ll quit” if health care reform passes.
      “Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We’re the only country in the world that has it.”
      “In the health care bill, we’re now offering insurance for dogs.”
      John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.”
      Franklin Roosevelt never allocated more than 12 percent of GDP to federal spending, while the percentage for Barack Obama is not projected to drop below 22.8 percent.
      Chile ranks third internationally in economic freedom, while the U.S. ranks 17th.
      “You don’t know if this (the H1N1 vaccine) is gonna cause neurological damage like it did in the 1970s.”

      November 5, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  28. mydogsays

    As Jon Stewart continues to ridicule the 9/11 Truth Movement another chemist, Niels Harrit, comes forward who also found nanothermite in the WTC dust from 9/11.

    See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IL9Yrf4nxg

    November 5, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. Old Guy

    Poor deluded youngsters, getting what they see as REAL news from a comedian. It's like buying malt liqueur from an ice cream shop, it may say malt on the menu, but it isn't what you went in to buy.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in KC

      At 49 you might consider me an "Old Guy" too. It's not just "deluded youngsters" watching his show. The age group was 18 to 49 in the ratings so I barely make the cut since I do watch him for COMEDY not news. We all know it's comedy Old Guy. His biggest joke is that people take FOX as REAL news.....jokes on them.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Guy

      @Mike No, most people know that many of the shows of Fox, MSNBC, ABC, etc. are opinion shows. There is no real news on most channels anymore. Many of the people who watch Opinion shows don't take them at as 100% truth. It's rather conceded to think that the people who do watch are so ignorant not to realize it.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sharon

    Most people I know watch The Daily Show the next day at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. So, it's pretty great for the show that they're #1 at night. Great job, Jon Stewart.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  31. everyone

    Don't tell everyone for heaven's sake! There's only room in the boat of reason for just a few million of us. . . .

    On second thought, go ahead welcome all the ill-informed and dull of wit. Probably best they get aboard too.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  32. jc4475

    Jon Stewart is a great talent and a pleasure to watch with the family on a Daily basis.

    November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  33. truthfulster

    I wish at least one of you socialists would type one lie that you've heard Glenn Beck say on television. So many state he lies and you NEVER give an example, even if he does occasionally tell a lie here or there it's nothing like the CHILDREN hear everyday in Kindergarten through 4 years of collage, if the children reach more then 4 years of university they get to tell their own lies trying to get a masters degree.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in KC

      Okay so you are defending Beck asking for an example of a lie and then you say "even if he does occasionally tell a lie here or there..." LOL..... so you are saying he does in fact tell lies. That's the type of comment (and intellect) one would expect from a Beck fan.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Myra

      An example is the story he totally made up about Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg when they took a train to Washington DC for an event. He then had the gall to appear on their show 2 weeks later, where he was nailed to the cross and had to admit the truth and that he had made up the entire story for the sake of entertainment. And, what about "God told me to have this rally." Do you really think God talks to him. He'll be asking for money next like the other evangelists do.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  34. Pjordan

    Jon Stewart for President!

    November 5, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  35. Jose

    It's satire. It makes sense that it is very watched, because some people enjoy statues and others like the cracks in the statues. It reminds us that the people being made fun of are just people, and not the statesmen they make themselves out to be.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  36. Glenn Beck

    Some people just don't realize the sad truth behind this:

    Young adults go to The Daily Show for their news, they go to Fox News for their comedy (and maybe a dose of rage).

    November 5, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jim

    One of the things that sets John Stewart apart from others in the News arena is that he isn't afraid to have people from both sides of an issue on, and he is able to have a civil debate with them, even if he disagrees with their point of view. Yeah, it's a comedy show, but it's better than the "real" news!

    November 5, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. expectopatronum

    The Daily Show should be required viewing.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  39. Anthony

    The Daily Show/Colbert shows were an idea waiting to happen - and it was a long time coming. They were born out of necessity. CNN, ABC, NBC, or CBS aren't about news, critical discussion, or journalistic endeavour. They're merely info-tainment which are owned, operated, directed, and controlled by big business interests - the very same big business interests which are responsible for politics being so corrupt in the first place. Stewart and Colbert are the ONLY places on TV where you can get straight information. Frankly, there should be more shows like these. Otherwise, Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Coulter, and FOX would have free reign to sput their poison unopposed. To the people who criticize Stewart and Colbert, let me remind you of one tiny little thing. These two shows are on for a total of ONE measley hour, Monday thru Friday. FOX, on the other hand is allowed to poison the airwaves 24/7 with their outright lies, bigotry, deception, and deceit.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Good points, all, but those two shows are actually on 4 days a week, Monday thru Thursday. Makes it even more amazing, eh?

      November 5, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • beachsounds

      FYI: Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, the same big business that owns CBS.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • You can't handle the truth

      Nicely said. That's the sad reality.....a comedy show is more news worthy that so called news programming. Twenty-four hour "news" only care about money. They report or create "news" that rile the masses who in turn tune in more often when riled . This allows them to sell more ads. The puppets never see the strings.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  40. morsecoder

    Stupid show for kids and weak-minded adults.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  41. Anthony

    I watch and enjoy The Daily show because it's bang on, and because it calls out the lunatic right wingers out there. Hey, somebody has to call out these lying vermin! However, I don't think that Stewart is funny at all. Now, Colbert, on the other hand...now he's a funny dude.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  42. russinmaine

    I wonder if any of the intellectuals on this thread claiming Stewart as the Messiah of journalism have noticed that this article is found under the entertainment tab? Journalist, yeh right! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!

    November 5, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • sara

      i wouldn't call him the "messiah" of journalism...but he does better journalistic work than most "journalists."

      November 5, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  43. Norah

    Wow- just read some of these comments- people calling others names because they like Jon. Doesn't seem like some got the message about sanity. Stewart and Colbert are great – love them- watch them every night. If you disagree fine- you have a right to your opinion, as do I. Oh- liberal is not a dirty word- remember the JFK quote- some should read it daily.

    November 5, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  44. rudedog

    The daily Show is the easiest show to produce, just record Faux Noise channel and wait for them to contradict themselves. Sometimes in the NEXT sentence.

    November 5, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bremen

    I started watching the The Daily Show back in 2000, back when Jon Stewart's hair was dark (i know, hard to imagine).
    Ive seen it previously but it was hosted by some other comedian not sure the name, and it was rather boring, Stewart came and man did it flip a 180.
    The show may lean left and liberal a bit, so since I'm more conservative I don't agree with Jon all the time, but he IS the most reliable news caster out there and yes he IS a news caster for all you haters, he just makes it enjoyable and since his show is on late and pre-recorded from the night before you get the news 1 day late but it's far worth the wait.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bremen

      My bad all, I'm so used to watching the internet Daily Show I forget it plays on cable TV which I don't have. Still worth the wait for one day late news even if it's on the web and it's free!

      November 5, 2010 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      It was Craig Kilborn. The show wasn't bad with him, but it definitely got a lot better once Stewart and the supporting cast of Colbert, Carell, etc got comfortable and made the show their own. It's been one of the smartest and funniest shows on TV pretty consistently ever since.

      November 5, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  46. Collin

    Stewart / Colbert or Colbert/Stewart 2012!!!!! I'd vote for them!

    November 5, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  47. Gimme-a-Break

    I just realized I caught myself defending Jon Stewart to some of these ppl who are cutting him down. WHY? I don't think it's that important. Like everyone is saying, "It's a comedy show." Seems like there's some awfully strong words both ways. Guess that proves to me that it is more than just a lame comedy. But for the people that want to argue Jon and Steven's "relevance", I simply refer to your passion in validate or invalidate it. Either way, it's either making and/or ruining your day and the irony in that just tickle me pink!

    November 5, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
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    November 5, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  49. Gimme-a-Break

    What's up with all the looney nutbags posting on here about Cat Stevens the terrorist and CNN and John Stewart supporting Sharia Law. JOHN IS JEWISH, get it? (I'm for "Moderate to the Exteme"!)

    November 5, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Pay no attention to those morons (conservative Republicans, no doubt). They probably watch Glenn Back and Faux News.

      November 5, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
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  51. beachsounds

    I am a conservative who can no longer identify as a republican.
    "Our show would not be valuable to people who didn't understand the news because it wouldn't make sense. We make assumptions about your level of knowledge that... if we were your only source of news, you would just watch our show and think, 'I don't know what's happening.'" -Jon Stewart

    You need to be informed to really 'get it'. Otherwise, you run the risk of viewing it as some sort of bias. Jon Stewart deserves to be the top-rated host on late night for all the reasons mentioned before my comment. He is far more entertaining than anyone else in the time-slot. He is better informed than most of the interviewers on TV. And, if you are smart enough to get it, he is funnier than anyone else on late night. Jon Stewart is the perfect storm for anyone who is not Jon Stewart.

    November 5, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  52. Cube

    Craig Ferguson is the best late night host BY FAR>>>>>>>

    November 5, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  53. Sarah

    As a fan of the daily Show, I say congrats to John and the gang.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  54. Eric

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert do a great service to our country and they do it with a comical slant which makes for great TV. Truth hurts and I trust them more than traditional news outlets. At least they not don't take themselves too seriously. Keep up the good work gentlemen.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  55. shoopy

    People who like both daily and report, generally find it funny because they're already aware of the stories..
    if you don't find the show funny.. it's probably because you don't get the references. If you don't get the jokes but are well aware of the references made in them, you may need to get a personality transplant. and even if you don't get the references when he makes the bush "he-heh-heh-heeeh" laugh, it's pretty funny.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  56. Stephen

    I'm a conservative, and I LOVE Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Colbert has unbelievable wit and humor, and Jon Stewart is, seriously, the best late-night guy out there. It's been said already by others in this thread, but Stewart is the only one who actually seems to have the guts to hold people from BOTH parties accountable, and I really admire that.

    And @Kenny Couch, yes, we are seriously comparing the journalistic integrity of comedy central, or at the very least, the journalistic integrity of Jon Stewart, to CNN and Fox....CNN and Fox (and MSNBC too) tossed integrity aside long ago when they decided to only showcase one point of view, whether it's from the left or the right. Jon Stewart has the common sense to watch these programs and realize how partisan and one-sided these networks have become.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  57. richardsrussell

    The Vanderbilt video archives are available to pretty much any reputable news source. ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, NBC, and PBS could all make use of them to put somebody's comments into context, comparing what they said yesterday to what they said last year, or 5 years ago, or 10. Who actually DOES this? "The Daily Show". The rest of them COULD, but they choose not to. This is why Stewart, Colbert, and Company deserve the accolades and Peabody Awards they're getting.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Paul

    Stewart just does a better job of pointing out the absolute stupidity and arrogance of the folks in congress. The Right tries to debase him buy saying things like he not funny or he cherry picks information. Recall how the Daily Show pulled together the New York Mosque funding story that pointed to a large shareholder at New Corp – while clowns FoxNews were telling anyone who would listen that this same person was sponsoring terrorists? When comedy shows have to do investigations that so-called "news" organizations won't or fail to do, you know we're in deep poo-poo.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Kenny Couch

    Are you guys seriously comparing the journalistic integrity of comedy central against cnn or fox?

    November 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Fox New and Journalistic integrity should never be in the same sentence unless the words "has no" is between them.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Journalistic integrity on Fox News????!!!! Get real!!!

      November 5, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigben234

      HA HA HA HA HA... Fox News.... That's an oxymoron!

      November 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  60. Kenny Couch

    Are you guys seriously comparing the journalistic integrity of comedy central to cnn and foc?

    November 4, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  61. DannyBoy

    SWEEEEETTTT!!!!!!!!!! There is hope in the world for rational thinking and a sense of humor!

    November 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Matthew

    The Daily Show is a very funny show. Its use of satire is top notch, and there are consistently interesting segments and interviews. However, it is not a news show. Its a show that brilliantly plucks interesting tidbits of political and social news, and presents it in an entertaining fashion to show the absurdity of it all. But, I must say again, it should by no means be considered a "news source." Its opinion-based, and nothing else.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jack

    The funny part about half of these responses is that the article never compares The Daily Show with news shows. It's simply talking about the late night slot. It's comparing the Daily Show to Letterman and Leno for crying out loud! Are you insinuating with your comparisons that Letterman is NEWS? Good God!

    While Stewart and Colbert may pull clips from the media outlets, no one should use them as their main source of information (this coming from an avid Stewart and Colbert fan!) In fact, no one should use ONE news source as their sole provider of information.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DinVT

      Thank you. I keep trying to post almost the same thing but it won't show up!!!

      November 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Bert

    Humor tastes cover a wide swatch. I just don't find Stewart or Colbert funny, and I'm an independent, by the way.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Forget It

      Well said. I disagree with your tastes, but at least you aren't a d*ck about like a majority of the haters. I respect that.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Lauren

    To those saying that Jon isn't reputable- he at least tells you the sources, or the video has the source, so you can get the full context yourself.

    Love the man, he's funny, he gives both sides of the story, even if it is in satire, and I get more actual news than from both CNN and Fox.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jon

    The thing that I find immensely valuable about Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert is that they both somehow manage to find laughter in the darkest of times and in the most depressing of news. Call it dark humor, maybe, or call it a cheap laugh; but all in all, laughter goes a remarkable way towards keeping one sane.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Byron

    Remember when Foxnews came out with their version of the daily show? it lasted about 3 days and was the most unfunny late night show since the Chevy Chase Show. Don't be mad because you are the ones who are unintentionally hilarious. Satire requires real intelligence, a true sense of humor, and the ability to look at life from another perspective. No surprise that conservatives are incapable. But you shouldn't denigrate Stewart and Colbert because you can't do it.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZAZU

      But Fox news itself is a bad comedy. Can you imagine Jon Stewart without fox news? Don't mind Chris, without people like him Televangelists, infomercials and Republicans would be out of business! What is a conservative party without its useful idiots? Do you think Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck could earn a living without the sheep? So have mercy on them.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Marco555

    (sigh), Another sell out. This is where the funny stops and the money starts. The fall of Stewart, watch.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob jones

      ummm...jon stewart "sold out" a LONG time ago.

      But he is still awesome. It's not a bad thing.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Tory

    Tsk. Seriously people. Chill. EVERYONE knows Jon Stewart is entertaining, smart and kind of cute. But he's not A reliable source for news... the again, are news REALLY reliable nowadays? Stuck up conservatives who can't take a joke would disagree for sure. But who cares abut them? They've been stuck in the same place for YEARS and they can't even laugh it off. Jon Stewart is THE only source for news. End of Story, ohh and if you don't like him and/or his show... DON'T WATCH HIM. He doesn't care anyways... actually no one cares if you like him or not, apparently, he's managing pretty well so far!!
    RESTORE SANITY to our COUNTRY!!! ^_^

    November 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  70. joan

    LUV Craig Fergerson....seen him live too & right on the mark. He's sensitive when it's necessary; funny all the time! Gets a bit silly w/the Europeon humor in skits, but overall...he's my late nite entertainer! 😉

    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  71. bob

    i wonder why uninformed tree hugging bleeding heart liberals think this man is entertaining. oh thats right, he plays brief excerpts and quotes, warps the truth, tries so very very hard to be funny (fails miserably) AND ITS ON COMEDY CENTRAL. if i wanted to see slight of hand misdirection smoke and mirrors etc, i'd look for an obama speech. i wonder how many people tune in waiting south park and fart jokes.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davee Dave

      I agree bob – he's not funny at all. He just uses those old rehashed comedy routines that other people invented like sarcasm and irony. Sometimes all he does is play a clip of someone saying one thing and then totally contradicting themselves in another and Stewart doesn't even say anything at all, he just sits there – how is that funny?

      November 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicsnoop

      Sarcasm can only work if you are pointing out the truth, which is what he does. It's funny because you see the utter stupidity, hypocrisy and out and out lies that come from Washington. These people bury themselves daily with their crap and it doesn't need to be commented on. It just makes you laugh because the only other option would be to weep mightily and snuff it knowing how messed up our world is because of a very small group of people.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in KC

      Don't take yourself so seriously Bob.....his show is about comedy and satire that's all. Sorry if you just don't get it. As you said "he plays brief excerpts and quotes, warps the truth" you must be referring to Glen Beck....or any other pundit at FOX.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gimme-a-Break

      @Bob – Hey, you seem to view yourself as pretty informed. But on the other hand, you seem OVERLY EAGER to stick it to the liberals. That's not objective, that's one sided. Pot calling the kettle black, IMHO.

      November 5, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I am not a tree hugging liberal, but I am a moderate conservative. I watch the Daily Show because I find it funny, but I also get a good chance to see our beloved politicians to make rear ends of themselves. I don't watch Fox because I do not want to be told how to think, and I don't watch MSNBC for the same reason. As far as being a fake news show I am not sure I can follow that belief, while there are jokes that aren't to be considered serious; there are ones that are sadly true.
      I remember a story they did on Fox, which after investigated was entirely true. Fox was launching an attack on the mosque in Time Square, and called their investigation "Follow the Money." They found out that the key donor to the mosque was related to terrorist organizations, but what they did not say was that this donor also owned 7 percent of NewsCorp, which owns Fox news. So according to the logic of Fox, they themselves are supporting terrorism. I really fail to see how this is false, and honestly I really don't see how any one person could consider Fox or MSNBC credible.

      November 5, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  72. Debby

    Stupid loves stupid.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Nick

    Ummm.... the week before that The Daily Show was running repeats... so.....

    November 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Mark

    Wow, Chris, hard to believe you can even dress yourself. Uh, you do dress yourself, don't you?

    November 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  75. erc

    wow what a surprise. a news show on comedy central is the highest rated among young people. i did not see that one coming. i used to watch the daily show but then i grew up and watched an array of different news channels and online articles to make an unbiased view on factual news. watch the daily show for laughs but please dont actually refer to it as your daily news source. thats kind of embarrassing for all of america.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      Is your shift key broken or is using it just too much effort?

      November 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duncan

      Wow Erc! Are you truly serious? If you had to pick one of the "array of different news channels" to take to a desert island, which would it be? And yes, you're allowed to pick Fox if you like, technically they count as a news source. I shouldn't mock though, I also watch Fox sometimes as I keep mixing their channel up with another one. When this happens and I happen to catch Glenn Beck or Bill Orielly, sometimes I just can't look away – they're dazzling!

      November 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicsnoop

      You, are wrong.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Coq Cheney

    MORE BRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  77. jonds

    Best news on TV. He blasts both sides and doesn't pretend to be serious.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ed

    Even "thinking people" enjoy a little satire and stupidity now and then for comic relief purposes.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Matt

    It's because John Stewart and Colbert are the only two people on cable that GET IT. Comedy is irony, and lately, there has been a buttload. Comedy is one of the purest forms of truth we have. It challenges us to think, begs us to question, and helps us to laugh off the absurdities of everyday life. John Stewart/Colbert/Maher are about the only people you can trust to tell it like it is, and still keep you laughing.

    Stewart/Colbert 2012!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. NYSur4

    Well, let's see. He's funnier than the other late night hosts, his commentary is more intelligent and he has more interesting guests.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jim

    Wow – and I thought it took a brain to put together some of Stewart's stuff – I appreciate Chris letting me know I don't. Guess I'll go over to FOX – where Chris hangs out no doubt....

    November 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  82. The Dude

    Stewart's humor is smart. It may be liberal (I'm conservative), but it makes people think.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Chuck Gaffney

    The only reason why you guys at CNN and the other news networks call the Daily Show a "mock" newscast is because they mock the stupidity in all of the news broadcasts. Take a lesson from Stewart or watch as this show becomes the most watched newscast. Time for the news to report what is their, not what their sponsors are telling them is there or using a panel of "experts" to try to explain the obvious or dissect issues into absolute redundancy.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Gaffney

      "what is there", not "their"

      November 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Absolutely. Well put. CNN, MSNBC, and FOX are terrified of him. Did you see how fast 'Crossfire' was gone when Stewart pointed out how abhorrent that program was? And Colbert has BALLS OF STEEL for ripping Bush right in his face, and going to Congress to do a testimony in favor of immigrant laborers. These guys have what it takes to make Sanity the new Black.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon


      November 5, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  84. Rita Z

    What's even more impressive is that The Daily Show is only accessible to cable subscribers.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      True, but the online audience is growing. And at comedycentral.com you can watch last nights episodes (and more) for free. I wonder what their ratings online compared to CNN are.... hmm.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      Both shows are aired on network tv in Canada lucky us

      November 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      And on the internet Rita! 🙂

      November 5, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  85. SJB

    I can't imagine why any thinking person would enjoy Stewart's humor.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • dakoz

      you are obviously a tunnel vision republican who can't stand when others point out your flaws, mistakes and daily spewing of hate. It's because people like you that this country is so screwed up now.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      because he smart, witty and even a little handsome for the ladies. He's a more fun way to get your news rather than regular news cast because you can at least laugh at the sad, sad amount of rampant stupidity there is in the government at the moment (especially now that the republicans have taken the House!!!! *I'm guess your'e a republican, so no offense, but republicans are scary*). So, there's my two cents. I love John Stewart.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea Laird

      sorry, because he's* smart and witty!!! typo!!! XP

      November 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrea Laird

      and guessing* goodness gracious I made a few typos...haha.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie T

      SJB – Hmmmm, I can't imagine any thinking person NOT enjoying his humor/skewering, but I CAN imagine people who have been brainwashed/indoctrinated to follow like sheep and who have knee-jerk reactions not enjoying his humor.

      Guess that's why I love Bill Maher, too. Should I guess that you hate him??

      November 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SirWilliam

      Maybe that's because you don't know any "thinking people."

      November 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Debbie T and Andrea – totally agree with both you ladies. Jon is brilliant – besides wickedly funny, he's a great, and truly fair interviewer. Even with someone he disagrees with he's respectfully but asks great probing questions. Better than many "real" news sources.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Probably because you are not a thinking person. Why so serious?

      November 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      That as much proof as anyone needs of your lack of imagination.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You, sir, need to work on the thinking part of the equation. They ridicule left and right–rightly so.

      Time to go watch Dumb and Dumber repeats for you.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cosmicsnoop

      Why would any thinking person not like it? Perhaps he thinks too much of himself and really isn't a thinker.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mangravy

      I'll bet minstrel shows and performers in black-face crack you up, though.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Because you're only doing one thing at a time. If you train yourself, you can both think AND process at the same time.

      Take a half day off, try it for yourself. It's extremely liberating, you know, when you can act like most functioning adults.

      November 5, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jitters

      Perhaps most telling is that you began your statement with an "I," whille you just as easily might have written "No thinking person... etc." No one cares what you can imagine or cannot imagine. Take your profound sense of self out of things and you might open up that imagination you're apparently relying on.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  86. Brandon

    I like how the TVByTheNumbers website notes that Leno and Letterman both had a week of reruns. They conveniently dismiss the fact that Stewart did as well, the week they were setting up the rally in Washington.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's what CNN calls 'factiness' (Stephen Colbert, I own that term!).

      November 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      I would much rather watch a rerun of "The Daily Show" or "The Colbert Report" than any installment of Leno or Letterman. Letterman is running out of steam and should pack it in. Leno has never been funny at any point in his career and should go back to basement clubs. Now is the time for Stewart, Colbert and Fergusson to shine.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joanne

      Brandon....incorrect. No reruns for The Daily Show that week. The week they were setting up the Sanity Rally in D.C. is the week that Jon Stewart did his show from D.C. Pres. Obama was on it that Weds. It was the week before they had reruns, both Stewart & Colbert which I REALLY dislike.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  87. alittletotheleft

    he is sensible and uses peoples own words against them.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Yes... the worst thing is that some people who watch Fox News often says that if Colbert and Stewart can do it, why are people complaining about Fox? They just don't get it... Fox News... Comedy Central.... Comedy versus News..... and I trust a comedy show better....

      November 5, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  88. Josh S

    Why is this the case? Because Stewart just isn't entertainment. He's the most reputable news source there is. Period.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weak Tenacity


      November 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      And Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and the like don't "do the thinking" for their viewers? Have you ever seen Glenn Beck on air? The man blatantly lies to his audience, under the guise of 'journalism'. Stewart and Colbert host self-admittedly fake news programs. If they want to want to take video clips out of context in order to ridicule politicians, then so be it... they're on Comedy Central. Come on.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      To Chris – I think you are referring to FOX when you mention thinking for you. Also, Stewart doesn't take clips out of context. Like when he showed Repubs chastising Dems when Bush was pres for critizing the pres when there was a war going on. Yet, as the war continued those same repubs had no problem criticizing the current pres.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Chris – you've obviously never seen the Daily Show.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      not like fox news and their viewers, right chris?

      November 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • David


      Really.... Sounds alot like FOX News. You do realize that The Daily Show saterizes daily events and does not claim to report them.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      100% true. I'm glad that he's getting the respect that he deserves and so is his audience. Daily Show watchers have been unfairly categorized as potheads and not worth the ratings to matter for far too long. Stewart may be considered a comedian first, news anchor second, but what everyone else is starting to realize is that he's the only person on TV with the balls to ask politicians REAL questions and hold them to their words.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiery Buddha

      while i agree with your post – isn't that scary? i mean, bone-chilling, butt-curdling scary?

      November 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DianD

      Stewart and Colbert's show have really nailed what the viewers want. They are the media's toughest critics, fact-checkers and manage to plug much-needed political comic relief. No wonder the news media and late-night talk media perceive them as major threats. These shows come on much later than morning and prime-time news, so viewers are already primed with information...The Daily Show and Colbert Report don't make the news, they make the news better.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeNe G

      Give me reliable and funny any time. Hands down the best.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      People who spell Salman Rushdie with a "Salmon" should not talk about sanity, common sense and general world knowledge.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle Moe

      Joe, Yusuf Islam is not anything like a terrorist. Where did you read that he said he would Kill Salmon Rushdie? Can you name a source? Sharia law varies dramatically from region to region, just as religious laws do within Christianity. Don't be ignorant by lumping all Muslims into one group.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle Moe

      I seem to have made a typo that has resulted in an unintended rebuke of Jane. Yay me =D.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I listened to the recording of it. The Terrorist formally known Cat Stevens said this on more then one occasion. Because he must follow Sharia law he stated if he were in a country where Sharia law was practiced his would kill Salman Rushdie if he had the chance. He was asked on more then one occassion if he truly believed this and he stated he did. On February 21, 1989, Yusuf Islam addressed students at Kingston University in London about his conversion to Islam and was asked about the controversy in the Muslim world and the fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie's execution. He replied, "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear – if someone defames the prophet, then he must die.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOE

      Would you be part of that protest, Yusuf Islam, would you go to a demonstration where you knew that an effigy was going to be burned?
      Y. Islam: (the terrorist formally known as Cat Stephens) I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing

      November 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Yes. Cat Stephens did say that and the POS John Steward supports this sick man who degrades women by supporting Sharia Law. Women should be outraged. I am surprised that CNN has not brought this controversy up.

      November 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      Kelly why would you be surprised that CNN does not publish anything about it. CNN is in bed with all liberals including those who make excuses for Islam and Terrorist organizations. They many times support Muslims and their belief that Sharia law should be practiced here in the USA even though it completely degrades of women. On the one hand Liberals get all bent out of shape when Christians want to pray in a public place, but they have no problem with Sharia law being practiced here. It's pretty sad..

      November 5, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The Koran, Bible, and Torah all clearly state that the penalty for blasphemy is death. Are you saying that all Muslims, Christians, and Jews that believe in a literal interpretation of their books are terrorists? When asked 20 years ago, Cat Stevens just told people what the Koran said should be done to Rushdie. I think religion is horrible but I don't think John Stewart should ban all religious people from his show.

      November 5, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan Smith

      "The most reputable news source there is?"........

      Wake up! Stewart is an unapologetic liberal who openly acknowledges that his show is slanted to the left and that it shouldn't be an adults only source of information. Not exactly the makings of a reputable news show....a comedy show, definitely.... a news show...no way.

      WOW....no wonder so many people think and vote the way they do.

      November 5, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate D

      @Joe and Becky

      You are inventing a controversy where none exists. Not only that, you are missing the whole point!

      Yusef played opposite Ozzie! The very idea that an intolerant Muslim could share the stage with someone who has been repeatedly accused of promoting satanism and even holds the nickname "Prince of Darkness" was the whole point of the rally. We don't have to stop at our differences, we can get past them and work together.

      And seriously, all he did was play the guitar and sing.

      November 5, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Robin

      He is just a television comedian.. And a good one.. (but hear me out for a second please) Why people run to him as some kind of leadership role model scares the hell out of most people very deeply, or in my opinion it should matter. Why? It's like a dystopian nightmare.. These make-believe people on TV mean more to you than your actual leaders do in reality. If you are truly interested in restoring sanity, stop watching too much TV, and start reading more books.. Delete your facebook and start hanging around real people again. Put down those pork snacks, and get some exercise. There wasn't a single thing that he said at that rally that you couldn't have told yourselves quite easily if you weren't so stupid and dumbed down today. I sat there and watched it, and I was like, wow.. some music.. and an intro, and some common-sense sounding advice... and a see you later.. I was left thinking, ok where is the message? Am I missing something here? Yes, indeed.. It wasn't a "real" rally.. It was a PR stunt. It was just for ratings.. If you read more into than just that, you need to go hang out with another big fan on his show Rick Sanhez... who is also know for delusions..

      November 5, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric G


      Here is the actual comments made by Islam on tape. He had been given a hypothetical...

      Long live Stewart & Colbert...

      November 5, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • mwolve

      The notion that it is a news show is laughable. What's funnier is the fact that so called news networks, notice Stewart is on Comedy Central, compare their shows to his. I want Jon Stewart to keep doing what he does, but it would be nice if we had a real news network again.

      November 5, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Wastedyrs

      Jon Stewart is perfect for people that thing everything is just black and white. If you're looking for simple answers that don't deal with the details the Jon Stewart sounds like he's a genius and everything is so simple.

      But that's not how it is. It's easy to make a joke about something when you don't have to tell the whole story. And no one is ever going to get on Jon Stewart because he doesn't. If they did, he can just claim that he's comedy, not news. Meanwhile, millions of people take him as their news.

      The truth is much more painful, and complex, than what Jon Stewart delivers.

      November 5, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I'm not sure what to think about Stewart's praise of Fox News now; he can't say enough wonderful things about it. That's scary. What is his game?

      November 5, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |

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