'Daily Show's Stewart Rates As October's Late-Night King Among Adults 18-49

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For the first time in a decade, the king of late-night TV among Madison Avenue's most-coveted demo group was not named Jay or Dave, but rather Jon.
Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart toppled The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman from their familiar perches among persons 18 to 49 during the month of October. According to Nielsen, The Daily Show averaged 1.3 million of those sought-after watchers, out-delivering its NBC and CBS competitors, both of which garnered 1.2 million of those viewers last month. That marked the first time either Leno or Letterman didn't wear that crown for a full month since at least 2000, according to Comedy Central officials.
The Daily Show evidently benefited from its politically themed shows that saw it set up shop in Washington, D.C. for a week leading into the mid-term elections. Stewart's follies, included an interview with President Obama and ended with his and the Stephen Colbert-led "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on Oct. 30.
Comedy's The Colbert Report also scored, ranking fourth with 900,000 adults 18-to-49 watchers on average in October, followed by 800,000 for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 700,000 for CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 650,000 for E!'s Chelsea Lately and 450,00 for TBS's Lopez Tonight.

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