Nellie Andreeva

Possibly boosted by State of the Union coverage, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart posted its first weekly win over TBS’ Conan in adults 18-34, according to the network. Conan had a huge premiere in November, dominating the cable and broadcast late-night field for its first couple of weeks on the air, but The Daily Show has been steadily chipping away at Conan‘s ratings lead for the past two months. It has beaten Conan in total viewers every week since the beginning of December and in 18-49 every week since the beginning of January. For the month of January, The Daily Show is tops in viewers and 18-49, while Conan still has the edge in the 18-34 demo. However, Conan is hourlong and The Daily Show is a half-hour. If compared to the Daily Show/Colbert Report combo that airs in the same 11 PM-12AM slot, Conan is ahead in 18-34 and 18-49 while behind to the Comedy Central shows in total viewers. An interesting footnote – Versus January 2010, The Daily Show is up 9% in total viewers, while Conan is down 3% vs. the January 2010 performance of Lopez Tonight. Here are the standings of the cable late-night talk shows for January as released by Comedy Central (only original telecasts are included as Conan returned from the holiday a week later than most of the other shows, including The Daily Show):

TOTAL VIEWERS

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” 1.556 million

“Conan” 1.123 million

“The Colbert Report”  1.106

“Chelsea Lately”  878,000

“The Mo’Nique Show”   839,000

“Lopez Tonight”   566,000

PERSONS 18-49

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”   0.78 (rating)     867,000 (viewers)

“Conan”    0.72     811,000

“The Colbert Report”   0.60     660,000

“Chelsea Lately”          0.54     588,000

“The Mo’Nique Show” 0.44     450,000

“Lopez Tonight”          0.34     382,000

PERSONS 18-34

“Conan”  0.93 (rating)    543,000 (viewers)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”      0.88     499,000

“The Colbert Report”   0.69     393,000

“Chelsea Lately”          0.66     374,000

“Lopez Tonight”          0.42     243,000

“The Mo’Nique Show” 0.45     232,000

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