Obama’s Daily Show as President Among Most Watched Ever

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DC is Jon Stewart’s world this week. We’re just living in it.

Proof? There were roughly 550 brave souls rewarded for spending nearly all of their Wednesday waiting outside the Harman Center for the Arts and granted admission into the taping of The Daily Show that featured President Barack Obama as a guest. And, joining the laugh track those hundreds provided were millions more at home when the show aired Wednesday night at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central. From TV by the Numbers:

The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reports that Wednesday night’s Daily Show on Comedy Central where Jon Stewart interviewed President Barack Obama averaged just under three million viewers and was the third most-watched Daily Show ever.

The two shows ahead of it were also Obama-related.  The most-watched episode of all time was in 2008  and drew 3.58 million when Stewart interviewed then presidential candidate Obama.  The second most-watched episode was also in 2008 when Stewart interviewed future first lady Michelle Obama.

Any guesses for television audience size of Saturday’s rally?

Dave Levy is a PR guy by day, a media researcher on the side and a self-proclaimed geek. He blogs often about how traditional media adapts – or tries to adapt – to the growing digital media world at State of the Fourth Estate. You can follow Dave on Twitter for various updates about everything from sports from his previous home in Boston to eccentric and obscure pop culture references. Read why Dave loves D.C.

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