Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' interview with President Obama scores big ratings

Big draw: Barack Obama has given Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" its first- and second-biggest audiences ever.
Big draw: Barack Obama has given Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" its first- and second-biggest audiences ever. (Charles Dharapak/associated Press)

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By Lisa de Moraes
Friday, October 29, 2010

Just under 3 million people watched "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart interview President Obama on Wednesday night -- the Comedy Central late-night show's third-biggest audience ever.

The two bigger episodes?

Both back in '08 -- when Stewart interviewed presidential candidate Obama (3.58 million viewers) and, separately, when he interviewed future first lady Michelle Obama (2.92 million).

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

"Groundbreaking how?"

We're glad you asked.

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

It was also the first time a sitting president was called "dude" during an interview -- which was discussed, dissected, analyzed and tsk-tsked.

But, wait, there's more!

We're all but certain that 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 that 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!


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