John Oliver Wrapping Up His Run on 'Daily Show' -- so How Did He Do? THR
John Oliver wraps up his eight-week tenure this week as fill-in for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Oliver kept the ratings steady during Stewart's hiatus.
The show's ratings remained unchanged in the young, male demographics, the story notes. With men 18-34 and adults 18-34, the series kept its .97 rating.
The report adds: "Yes, there were modest slips from summer 2012. The average viewership dropped 13 percent from 1.492 million viewers to 1.299 million viewers in Live+Same Day returns, while posting even smaller losses in adults 18-49."
But it's difficult to compare this summer with last, given that the shows were a few weeks out of the Republican and Democratic national conventions and running up to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the piece notes.
The story adds: "So where does this leave Oliver? While few would argue that the correspondent didn't perform as host -- his tenure has been met, by and large, with a warm critical response -- he also benefited a great deal from the apparently robust 'Daily Show' brand. And nearly 15 years after that brand became synonymous with Jon Stewart, it seems like it might be capable of performing just as well without him."