‘Daily Show With Trevor Noah’ Enjoys Most-Watched Week Ever as Trump Bombshells Mount

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Donald Trump’s loss is proving to be Trevor Noah’s gain.

During the week of May 15, which saw multiple bombshell reports rock the Trump White House, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” recorded its most-watched week since Noah took over the Comedy Central late-night show from Jon Stewart. The show averaged 1.05 million total viewers per episode, surpassing Noah’s premiere week as host in September 2015 (1.02 million). The show also just recorded its most-watched and highest-rated quarter since Noah’s premiere, up 36% year-over-year in total viewers and up 18% with in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

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Noah’s ratings run this week is most likely due in no small part to the problems plaguing Trump. First came the report on Tuesday that now former FBI Director James Comey had written in a memo that Trump personally asked him to drop the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. That report was followed closely by another claiming Trump gave away classified information to Russian diplomats during a meeting in the Oval Office. Finally, on Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that they would appoint former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz and Jill Katz are the executive producers of “The Daily Show,” with Eric Davies, Pam DePace, Ramin Hedayati, Justin Melkmann and Elise Terrell as supervising producers. Zhubin Parang is the head writer, with Daniel Radosh serving as senior writer. The series is directed by Chuck O’Neil. Sarah Babineau is the executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.

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  1. Charlene Brenda Johnston says:

    Where was the Daily Show May 19, 2017

  2. Moose says:

    1 million viewers is a high? His show must suck.

  3. monica says:

    I like him! I never watch the show live. Always catch it on the web. Noah is funny as hell.

  4. Kaboom! says:

    There are 324 million people in the USA. Approximately 37 million of them are black. He only gets 1.05 million viewers? Why would advertisers pay for such poor viewership?

    • Marc Smith says:

      Bill O’Reilly was the top guy on cable news. He had 4 million viewers. There are about 140 million white people in America. So comparatively… They have the EXACT same ratings. That’s if I buy into your racist premise that only black people watch Trevor Noah and assume only white people watch Bill O’Reilly.

  5. How the mighty have fallen. Stewart averaged 2.5m per episode and now they’re acting like Noah getting a million is a big deal. They really messed up by not hiring a better host. Noah has an awful comedic delivery.

    • dana says:

      People can diss his ratings all they want, but he’s no Stewart and it is Comedy Central.

      The more interesting takeaway is the Noah and Colbert- possibly others- have taken an aggressive stance to covering trump and seen their ratings go up.

      iirc, MSNBC and some newspapers are seeing increases too.

      …conservatives have been ranting for years that Obama was our most divisive president [because he sympathized with black people who were shot, go figure], and I would point out trump was so much more divisive that he split his own party in two.
      But now its’ looking like he’s uniting most of the country- against him.

  6. Vic Nardozza says:

    Trevor Noah is such a lightweight it makes The Daily Show impossible to watch.

  7. Adam Poole says:

    i can’t stand the racist, untalented, unfunny host of the John Stewart’s the daily show that took over after the funny, interesting host john stewart left

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