Jon Stewart can breathe easy — if he decides to take time off to make another movie, he has an able replacement to hold down the fort.
With "The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver's guest-hosting stint coming to a close, it looks like the late-night Comedy Central show has stayed on an even keel in the ratings department.
Data ranging from June 10 — when Oliver assumed the anchor desk on "The Daily Show" — until this Tuesday indicates that Oliver has mostly held steady with Stewart. During that period, "The Daily Show" averaged a .65 rating among the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, and 1.3 million total viewers.
Compared to year-ago numbers when Stewart presided over the show, that's an 8 percent downtick in the demo and a 13 percent dip in total viewers. Fairly insignificant dips — particularly given that the nation was ramping up for a presidential election last summer, which no doubt benefited the politically-charged "Daily Show."
Stewart took a time-out to make his directorial debut with the film "Rosewater."