More young adults watched "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" for coverage of the Republican national convention than any cable news network, it was announced Wednesday.
The convention ran from Tuesday to Thursday last week. "The Daily Show" covered the events from Tampa, while "The Colbert Report" did special coverage from New York. Comedy Central came out of the week with some very favorable numbers.
The network's 11pm-12am hour was the most-viewed among adults ages 18-34. It drew 450,000 viewers in that demo, and was trailed by Fox News with 329,000 viewers. It was especially popular with young men ages 18-34, drawing 277,000 viewers (the next closest was Fox News with 173,000 viewers).
It also beat MSNBC and CNN in the coveted 18-49 demo during that time slot. 824,000 viewers tuned in to Comedy Central, compared to 430,000 for MSNBC and 415,000 for CNN.
The ratings were announced after some other disappointing news for the cable news networks. TV viewership for the RNC this year is down sharply from 2008. TLC's "Honey Boo Boo" show also topped RNC coverage last Thursday.