Feb 14, 2024 - Business

Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" comeback is a huge ratings hit

Jon Stewart sits behind the Daily Show desk.

Jon Stewart returned to "The Daily Show" on Monday. Photo: Matt Wilson/Comedy Central

Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" comeback on Monday night drew the show's biggest audience since 2018.

Why it matters: The reunion — almost nine years after Stewart departed — marked a key moment for a show that has struggled to retain viewers since he left.

By the numbers: Stewart's roast of President Biden, former President Trump and himself drew 1.9 million total viewers on Comedy Central and simulcasts on other channels owned by Paramount, per The Wrap.

  • Of those viewers, 930,000 watched on Comedy Central.
  • The data comes from live and same day numbers as reported by Nielsen, Variety reported.

Context: "The Daily Show" under Trevor Noah averaged an audience of 385,000 in 2022 — the last year it had a full-time host.

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