Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” Tuesday night after a summer hiatus directing his first feature film, “Rosewater,” and brought higher ratings with him.
Ratings jumped double digits by two yardsticks: They rose 14 percent in the advertiser-coveted 18 to 49 demographic compared to last September. And they jumped 15 percent year-to-date, counting only Stewart’s episodes and not the ones with interim host John Oliver.
Tuesday’s episode received a 1.0 rating and 1 million viewers in the demo. September, 2012’s episode earned a 0.9, as have Stewart’s episodes year-to-date.
More broadly, Tuesday’s total viewers eclipsed 2 million, a growth of 21 percent versus last year and 24 percent from 2013 Stewart-helmed episodes.