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November 04, 2003

"The Daily Show" Squashes "Fair And Balanced" -- Again

About a week ago, I had written that ratings for "The Daily Show" trounced those for the barking heads on prime time cable news shows. Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" walk home with awards. Atrios has linked to the declining ratings of those particular news shows. Well, this week's TV Guide drove my point home again.

TV Guide. November 8-14. The Robin's Report. On page 34. (emphasis mine)

"The Max Fact

More young American s get their news from Jon Stewart than anywhere else. Well, sort of. What can't be denied is that Comedy Centrals' "The Daily Show" (11 pm/ET), Stewart's nightly send-up of the news, draws an average 640,000 views among 18-to-49-year olds. That beats Fox News Channel's 527,000, CNN's 286,000, MSNCB's 162,000 and CNBC's 72,000."

It's okay to gloat. :)

Update: Thanks to a link to this post from Atrios, my stats have soared into the stratosphere again, just in time to catch a glimpse of the latest solar storms heading towards earth. Maybe this time I'll see Aurora Borealis.

Posted on November 4, 2003 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

Comments

They better watch what they say.

Posted by: budm at Nov 4, 2003 1:18:32 PM

Well, that's not surprising. I often find that the Daily Show covers things, like Tony Blair's struggle with Parliament, better than the news networks.

But at least that "target demographic" is getting better comedy than that supplied by Jay Leno. Sure, Daily SHow some times gets a little crass, but it's always clever and funny. And Jon Stewart has become an amazing interviewer, able to handle Madeline Albright one night and then a rap star pushing some movie the next. So, I believe, the success is warranted.

Posted by: Kurt at Nov 4, 2003 1:51:44 PM

Jon Stewart RULES!

He's on the short list of things that keep me sane in this increasingly psychotic country.

Posted by: David Ehrenstein at Nov 4, 2003 2:01:46 PM

Bless Craig Kilborn for getting the heck out of the way so Stewart could make this show what it was always supposed to be.

Posted by: phil at Nov 4, 2003 2:02:38 PM

where is the reality here? TDS has mostly idiotic faux interviews and send ups of hard news. Jon does roll his eyes when
he talks about bush. these numbers actually show that the demographic group dosen't really care about the news. stchik as
news is no gift to the masses. at least jon shows that he dosen't take himself too seriously. neither should anyone else.
being that the adminstration is a joke, except to the families and troops being shed to advance the rightwinger cause, a
light hearted response is a welcome reaction to the horrors.

Posted by: BigMike at Nov 4, 2003 2:17:34 PM

BigMike: it was established that watching news at most channels leads to somewhing worse than to uninformed citizens: they get actively mis-informed. Saddam toppling the Twin Towers and all that. And faux interviews? Hello! Where are those real interviews?

Clearly, a sane thing to do is to watch Steward for laughs and read print or www for the news.

Posted by: at Nov 4, 2003 4:17:08 PM

I take responsibility for "Posted by: at November 4, 2003 04:17 PM".

Posted by: Piotr Berman at Nov 4, 2003 4:18:13 PM

Faux-interviews and rolling his eyes, yes...but do you see the way he interviews people on the set? He asks a lot of the questions the REAL networks should be asking. The humor masks TDS, but look just below the surface and you see that TDS does a great job at jabbing both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: Roni at Nov 4, 2003 5:07:18 PM

Hey, Jon makes fun of the left as much as he does the right. Any segment from "Democrats: Race form the White House" will show you his position, firmly in the middle, where frankly all news should be.

Posted by: Steve at Nov 4, 2003 5:16:41 PM

Judging by Stewarts interviews of right-wing professional pundits, his interview skills are not as impressive as some would have you believe.

See the Anne Coulter interview for example.

TDS gets good guests though, and is consistantly funny where the other late night shows are just, well, just crap. My personal favorites sketches are the "Even Steven" parody political debates. Priceless, though I haven't seen one recently.

Posted by: atipamezole at Nov 4, 2003 5:50:59 PM

actually though i love stewart i think his current crop of faux interviewers are not half as good as the two stephens, nancy wall and beth littleford. not to mention two personal friends of mine, vance degeneres, and in the craig kilborn years, a. whitney brown. now that's comedy!

Posted by: skippy at Nov 4, 2003 9:49:30 PM

Yes, Skippy, A. Whitney Brown was the master of deadpan reportage. Now, with Dennis Miller ready to do a news show, the Right will get a direct competitor that Stewart can trounce completely.

Posted by: Cowboy Kahlil at Nov 5, 2003 1:20:02 AM

Skippy, I never saw the show during the Craig Kilborn years. I sure miss Steve Correl, though. "Produce Pete" just isn't enough for me.

The beauty of "The Daily Show" is that it isn't real news, and all of them admit it. I get the biggest kick out of people who think it's real news or treat it as if it is (including awards shows). I remember Jon Stewart telling a guest, "We aren't the news. We just tell jokes," or something like that. I love the guests and segment interviewees who think the show is real news but get a "wtf" moment when blindsided by a bizarre question or comment.

That's a far cry from the Faux News crowd that is merely Bush-On-Tap but won't admit it.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Nov 5, 2003 6:41:40 AM

Love the Daily Show for it's guts, it's satire and it's humor. The classic "Bush vs Bush" segment should be aired daily.

Posted by: 14thVoter at Nov 6, 2003 7:19:05 AM

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Posted by: at Jan 27, 2004 4:35:42 PM

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Posted by: at Jan 27, 2004 4:41:35 PM

Interesting that "Daily show" wins its time slot, but here's some perspective against shows not in its time slot:

Leno 9.5
Letterman 7.4
O Reilly 1.9
Daily Show <1

Still a long, long way to go...

Posted by: AB at Feb 3, 2004 12:28:51 PM

yeah.. well daily show rules. it's brilliant almost always.. and when it's not, it's still ne never less than intelligent.

it's satire is great and i do think they do a pretty good job of making fun of the left and the right. and i agree completely with the person who said it's nice to have something that's not feeding the Faux News crowd it's regular supply of Bush on tap..

other news sources are such BS.. it's nice to see someone that reads between the lines, who is truly honest, and who has the audacity to be this way when watched by so many veiwers on air

Posted by: at Mar 31, 2004 1:47:56 AM

yeah.. well daily show rules. it's brilliant almost always.. and when it's not, it's still ne never less than intelligent.

it's satire is great and i do think they do a pretty good job of making fun of the left and the right. and i agree completely with the person who said it's nice to have something that's not feeding the Faux News crowd it's regular supply of Bush on tap..

other news sources are such BS.. it's nice to see someone that reads between the lines, who is truly honest, and who has the audacity to be this way when watched by so many veiwers on air

Posted by: Jason at Mar 31, 2004 1:58:51 AM

The Daily Show had great fun with the 9/11 Commission. Did you catch Jon Stewart's comment two nights ago? Soundbite of the year: "Robert Novak: Douchebag for liberty."

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Mar 31, 2004 4:56:42 AM

It is true in broadcasting that you are only as good as your latest ratings numbers. JOn's are currently down! (See Drudge Report) If you are not too liberal to hear the truth.

Posted by: Jay at Oct 18, 2004 11:55:43 AM

Oh, yes, because Matt Drudge is a real paragon of accuracy.

Yawn.

Posted by: Sheelzebub at Oct 18, 2004 2:06:11 PM

Im sure you will all be glad when bush is gone and you dont have anyone to blame for all that is wrong in the world.

Who will take care of the bad men? Kerry? LOL dont freaking kid yourselves. Funny, now that bush has somewhat straightened out the freaking mess of an administration of the clinton's , now you want to elect someone worse than bill. the stock market and jobs are back up and the gdp is at an all time high and all you want to do is tax and give it to the lazy asses. Careful what you wish for.

Posted by: "dave" at Oct 19, 2004 12:41:55 PM

"Oh, yes, because Matt Drudge is a real paragon of accuracy.Yawn."


Actually if you knew anything beelzebub you would know drudge only links stories written by legitimate sources. H just reports like good journalists do.

Just keep watching your dan rather newscasts, now theres integrity! bwhahahhahaa


Posted by: "dave" at Oct 19, 2004 12:51:35 PM

Yeah "dave" that surplus sure was a mess, wasn't it? I'm sure everyone missed the national debt. And Drudge certainly has been concerned about issues that matter--like a certain blue dress.

Besides, it's not like neo-cons had to give up their boogeymen when their bot was appointed--er, I mean, elected. You showed that just now by whining about Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Sheelzebub at Oct 19, 2004 1:45:04 PM

http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/opd/opdpenny.htm

If you can find where we EVER had a surplus...let me know! Smoke and mirrors smoke and mirrors. He fooled his wife...what makes you think he didnt fool the likes of you.

"And Drudge certainly has been concerned about issues that matter--like a certain blue dress. "

I wasnt arguing his content..only his style. and well the blue dress proved true did it not???

you people sure like the word neo...well just put neo in front of anything and it makes your point seem alot more significant. keep drinking your koolaide!


Posted by: "dave" at Oct 19, 2004 5:03:11 PM

I don't know if I like it that such an influential group of citizens is getting all or most of their news from a comedy show. Life is a serious business and the position that the United States occupies right now is (as much as WE all hate to admit it) as the functioning world leader for practically everyone else no matter their country (as much as THEY might hate to admit it)...

The people we elect have enormous influence and ability to control the lives of citizens of other countries, as well as our own and as much as I like Jon Stewart, is he the person who should be influencing these decisions?

I wouldn't want O'Reilly to have that much influence either, of course, or Jerry Falwell or a number of other people, but I'm guess what I'm saying is that maybe we need a real news alternative to the O'Reilly show that is really fair and balanced and people won't NEED to get their news from a comedy show...which for what it is it's pretty funny...still I have problems with so many people getting their view of the news and thus maybe their view of the world from a comedy show...I mean this guy Stewart makes fun of EVERYTHING and I happen to think that there are some important issues that are worth a serious discussion and some of these issues could possibly be serious enough to fight for...

Just my opinion...

Posted by: NYMOM at Oct 19, 2004 6:10:14 PM

"Im sure you will all be glad WHEN bush is gone and you dont have anyone to blame for all that is wrong in the world."

So Bush is going then? That's a bit of good news. Ta.

Posted by: Sigmund Bjornstein at Oct 20, 2004 4:04:07 AM

2008. Ta!

Posted by: at Oct 20, 2004 11:18:55 AM

Please explain yourself. What are you thanking me for, exactly? And if you meant 2008 from the start, then what was all that in aid of, about 'you will all be glad' and 'who will take care of the bad men?' If Bush isn't going, then surely he will take care of the 'bad men' for you; entire populations, no doubt.

So explain; what are you talking about? And really, what are you thanking me for? (Although you're welcome, I suppose).

Posted by: Sigmund Bjornstein at Oct 20, 2004 12:59:09 PM

huh?

Posted by: at Oct 20, 2004 6:48:08 PM

Dave: we don't ALL blame Bush Jr. for everything that is wrong with the world, after all there is Bush Sr. as well who did his share to mess things up...

Posted by: NYMOM at Oct 20, 2004 7:22:39 PM

'huh?'

Oh, you *are* a Bush fan. Spoken like W himself.

See, wee dave, '2008. Ta!' means '2008. Thanks!'. I was curious as to what you were thanking me for, but I suspect you simply used the word without knowing what you were saying.

You get extra Bush points for that. I congratulate you, vociferously.

Posted by: Sigmund Bjornstein at Oct 20, 2004 10:33:08 PM

ta

Posted by: at Oct 21, 2004 12:35:48 PM

A recent study found viewers of the TDS were far better informed politically and in current events, than those who regularly watch cable news.
Maybe that's the clue to their success, having viewers intelligent enough to distinguish satire from reality.

Posted by: Hoosier at Nov 1, 2004 6:30:51 PM

Unfortunately, Level headed people like Jon Stewart don't want to run for office. It's the veinglorious and greedy that end up there. If only a satirist were President, we might see some sanity around here.

Posted by: JonAve at Feb 8, 2005 10:55:52 PM

Haven't you figured it out yet? Even your DNC leaders haven't figured it out yet. They are too busy saying what is wrong about the GOP instead of what is right about their own party. And although Jon Stewart has a great thing going, atleast I admit he pulls his punches on fellow democrats. Before you call me a Bush-ite and tell 'me' that I only watch Fox News, why don't you listen to what Jon Stewart thinks of modern cable news as a whole. He did a 90 minute interview on C-SPAN right after the 3rd presidential debate.

Posted by: Captain Howdy at Jun 24, 2005 12:16:05 AM

Are you guys BS artists? Or are you really Stewart fans with a terrible understanding of the Daily Show?

Posted by: Marcos Gonzalez at Aug 16, 2005 2:43:54 AM