Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" Stomps Slumping Fox News

 Could it be that Americans are finally realizing that news spoof shows on Comedy Central are more "fair and balanced" than Fox? May Nielsen ratings show that Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" soared past its time slot competitors across all channels, reports Raw Story; just last month, viewership increased by a whopping 19 percent. 

Contrast this with Fox News' declining viewership, which slipped by 10 percent among 25- to 54-year-olds. Beck, Van Susteren, O'Reilly and Hannity all saw significant decreases in viewership, with Beck topping the losers by 17 percent.

More interestingly, Stewart trounced every Fox News program except O'Reilly in viewership, and even then he was pulling up close. In May, Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers, to O'Reilly's 2.8 million. Along with "The Colbert Report," Stewart also trounced on all other shows in secondary categories, such as having the most active websites and most affluent viewers, according to Raw Story. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 6, 2011, 5:26am

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