Comedy Central announced today that “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” finished the month of October as the top-rated late-night talk show in the adults 18-49 demo. It was the first time any show other than NBC’s “Tonight Show” or CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” has finished a month as the top late-night talk show in the coveted demo, dating back to at least 2000.
“The Daily Show,” presumably boosted by publicity surrounding Stewart’s recent “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, ended October with an average of 1.3 million viewers in 18-49, ahead of “Leno” and “Letterman,” both of which ended with 1.2 million.
Fourth on the list is Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” at 900,000. NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” rounds out the top 5 with 800,000 viewers in the 18-49 demo.
“The Daily Show” is traditionally dominant in younger demos, notably among adults 18-34 and men 18-34.