Daily Show No. 1, Beats Leno, Letterman
Big guns play second fiddle for first time in years
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2010 8:04 AM CDT
In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures during a commercial break as he talks with Jon Stewart in a taping of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – It’s been a good few weeks for Jon Stewart: The Daily Show was the top-rated late-night talk show in October—the first such show in at least a decade whose full month’s average beat Letterman’s and Leno’s, says the Hollywood Reporter. Stewart reeled in 1.3 million viewers, compared to 1.2 million each for the Late Show and Tonight Show.

But NBC and CBS aren’t happy with the claim, arguing that Comedy Central wasn’t counting repeats; eliminate those, and the networks are back on top, they argue. Meanwhile, Letterman beat out Leno in all key stats (overall viewership and among the 18-49 and 25-54 crowds) for the week ending Oct. 29—the first time since Leno returned to the Tonight Show.

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Nov 6, 2010 9:33 AM CDT
Congrat to Jon. He tells it like it is and jokes about it. Keep it up.
Nov 5, 2010 1:24 PM CDT
Just how frickin' anal do you have to be, NBC and CBS, to say "Sure your comedy show beat my comedy show, but not if you counted my repeats (or whatever)!?". Try *CONGRATULATIONS*, assholes.
Nov 5, 2010 10:05 AM CDT
Only Jon Stewart could handle being Jon Stewart. He is amazing, in that, he is politically astute AND very funny. Plus, he is a good businessman. His "shtick" is a mix of all the great comedians of the late 20th and 21st centuries. There is no one like Jon. And, he handles his fame very well.