'The Daily Show' Beats The Tonight Show' in Ratings


We don’t normally pay attention to this kind of thing, but in this case, we’ll make an exception: For the first time in ten years, The Tonight Show failed to come out on top in the quarterly late-night ratings race among viewers 18 to 49. Instead, that honor went to The Daily Show. Sure, the margin was slim (1.295 million viewers vs. 1.292 million viewers), but we’re sure that this has the suits over at NBC wondering if they made the right decision bringing back Jay Leno. In other happy news for Comedy Central, the Daily Show/Colbert Report programming block finished the quarter as the top-rated late-night shows among younger viewers 18 to 34. What can we say? Young people love their fake news shows. Meanwhile, things are not looking so good for Conan O’Brien as of late; for the first time since his show’s premiere in November, monthly viewership dipped below the 1 million viewer mark, putting him behind E!’s late-night offering, Chelsea Lately… [via THR]