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President Obama attracts slightly fewer 'Daily Show' viewers than candidate Obama

[This blog entry has been updated with ratings]

Just under 3 million people watched "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart interview President Barack Obama Wednesday night -- 2.84 million, to be exact.

That's the Comedy Central late-night show's third biggest audience ever.

The show's two most watched episodes?

Both back in '08 -- when Stewart interviewed presidential candidate Obama and, separately, when he interviewed Michelle Obama.

On Oct. 8, 2008, 2.92 million people sat in on Stewart's interview with future First Lady Michelle Obama. On Oct. 28, 2008, a hefty crowd of 3.58 million watched the comic chat with candidate Barack Obama.

Stewart conducted this week's groundbreaking interview with President Obama in Washington -- he's here all week, getting ready for Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday.

"Groundbreaking how?"

We're glad you asked.

The White House says 'The Daily Show' says it was the first time in the history of the Comedy Central that an episode consisted of a guest interview for the whole show.

It's also the first time a sitting president has been called "dude" during an interview - which is sure to be discussed, dissected, analyzed and tsk-tsked over by network news on-air talent today - and The Ladies of "The View," of course.

But, there's more!

We're all but certain it's the first time a sitting president has had to wade through two long commercial breaks in the course of being interviewed. Two very long ad breaks.

And we're absolutely positive it's the first time a network has put a sitting president in the position of immediately following a promo for its show "Pretend Time," in which two cherubic children see a "vomiting" bald-headed tiny man's "head" pop out from the zipper of a man's pants causing the children to shout happily, "Mr. Creepy!"

Nicely played, Comedy Central!

WaPo Team TV critic Hank Stuever has reviewed Stewart's first three shows from Washington this week. And The Post's Dan Zak has been embedded with "The Daily Show" all week.

Full coverage: the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally on the Mall.


Here's Stewart's interview with President Obama, in three parts, followed by the show's traditional Moment of Zen, in which White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is asked during a briefing whether President Obama is going to participate in Stewart's Saturday rally.

"The Daily Show" Part 1

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity


"The Daily Show" Part 2

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity


"The Daily Show" Part 3

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity


Moment of Zen

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen - Obama Will Not Be at the Rally
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 28, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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Comments

Much ado about nothing....Stewart merely gave Obama another chance to make "excuses" and repeat the same old rhetoric.

Posted by: ohioan | October 28, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart is a card carrying member of the 'Liberal Class' --- those in the Democratic Party, media, academia, entertainment, etc. who have totally lost their bearing and sense of justice and have been co-opted by the ruling-elite empire by taking its money and comfort while kicking (actively or by their inaction) the vast working, middle, and under-classes of average Americans.

Recently (OCT 28) a NYT Caucus blog headline topic asked, "Is Obama Being Too Timid for Liberal Democrats?"


If Stewart had any real progressive conviction and empathy for our people, our country, and our stolen democracy he would have confronted this Vichy pawn of Empire, Obama, with the following retort to NYT's question:

Is Obama Being Too Timid for Liberal Democrats?

Does Howdy Doody have a wooden ass?

Obama is accurately described to a tee by Chris Hedges new and incomparable "Death of the Liberal Class" ---- as is the NYT and all of the co-opted, complicit and deceitful sell-outs in the second string Vichy team (the Democratic Party) playing ball for the ruling-elite's global corporate/financial/militarist EMPIRE.

The hell with "Obama Being Too Timid for Liberal Democrats" --- Obama is too gutless and COMPLICIT WITH EMPIRE for democracy and the people!

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

Posted by: alanmd | October 28, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"We're all but certain it's the first time a sitting president has had to wade through two long commercial breaks in the course of being interviewed. Two very long ad breaks."

Uh. Only YOU had to sit through commercial breaks. This wasn't a 1950's Howdy Doody live production, it was taped. The (second hand) studio the breaks were momentary cutaways.

Posted by: kolbkl | October 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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