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Jon Stewart becomes No. 1 late-night TV host among young adults

Jonstewart11.10 Maybe he should do this rally thing more often.

For the first time, Jon Stewart -- whose "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" drew hundreds of thousands to Washington on Saturday -- has become the top late-night host among viewers aged 18 to 49, according to the Nielsen Co.

For October, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was the No. 1 show in that demographic, the first time since at least 2000 that the victory has not gone to either NBC's "The Tonight Show" or CBS' "Late Show."

Stewart drew 1.3 million viewers aged 18 to 49, compared with 1.2 million apiece for both Leno and Letterman.

The move is another sign that the late-night battle is increasingly tilting toward cable. Conan O'Brien, the former host of "Tonight," is headed to a new TBS talk show that starts Monday.

-- Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Jon Stewart; credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/Comedy Central

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I find him not comedic in the least. He is smug and full of himself. When that kind of sarcasm enters the bloodstream of America it is not funny. Young adults you say? Well, I stand on the other side of the spectrum. Give me Letterman anyday. Stewart is too pompous in his delivery.

So, bettye198, how does Jon Stewart's sarcasm differ from David Letterman's sarcasm? Oh, and I'm 69 years old, and have found Letterman mostly boring.

Betty you are irrelevant.

funny how jon is becoming a serious newsman and the new people are becoming a laughing joke eg beck, orielly, ko. cant wait for conan, but ill just dvr them both.

You too for that matter patdmelt.

I can understand someone finding Jon Stewart smug, though I disagree. Yet how can someone find Jon Stewart smug and like Letterman? That just boggles the mind.


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