The Daily Show ratings hit new high since Trevor Noah replaced Jon Stewart


“The Daily Show” had its best quarter in the ratings since Trevor Noah debuted as host.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah had its most-watched quarter ever to start off 2017, becoming the only late-night series to grow in the ratings in the 18-49 demographic year-to-year. According to Comedy Central, the show not only drew the biggest crowd among total viewers and in the demo since Noah succeeded Jon Stewart, but it also overtook all other daily late-night shows to earn the title as the top-rated show among millennials, adults 18-24, in the category.

The Daily Show averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 0.72 ratings among adults 18-49 over the past three months, up 13% and 10%, respectively, compared to the same time period last year. The Wrap reports that the only other late-night talker to see an increase in total viewers over 2016 was The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, though late-night’s newest leader was down 2 percent in the demo. Both shows have clearly benefited from covering the Trump administration, along with the likes of Real Time with Bill Maher, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Saturday Night Live and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which has led the way in cable news for three weeks running as Bill O’Reilly of Fox News is mired in scandal.

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However, as the Wrap notes, not all politically focused talk shows are seeing a Trump bump, with NBC”s Late Night with Seth Meyers dropping 11 percent among adults 18-49, and remaining flat in total viewers, though the decrease may be attributed to the precipitous drop in the ratings for its lead-in, The Tonight Starring Jimmy Fallon, which fell a whopping 26 percent in the demo, and 19 percent in overall viewers.

The Daily Show is also doing exponentially better online compared to last year, as the show has improved its social media engagement, up 37 percent in digital views compared to a year ago, and 200 percent in video views on both Facebook and YouTube vs. the same quarter last season.

The ratings increase comes as the network is revamping its late-night lineup, adding the Trump-inspired The President Show on Thursdays starting this month, and announcing that Jordan Klepper of The Daily Show is getting his own nightly show this fall to air after the flagship series, as Comedy Central bets that political comedy will continue to reign supreme in the coming months thanks to the new administration.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.