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Daily Show Debate Special Sets Record

10/01/2004 9:22 AM Eastern

Thursday night’s presidential debate spurred Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to its best ratings ever, the network said Friday.

Comedy’s "Indecision 2004" special, The Bush-Kerry Debate: The Squabble in Coral Gables, drew 2.4 million viewers, blowing away The Daily Show’s previous best of 1.9 million for an episode featuring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Jan. 21.

The network added that Thursday night’s post-debate fare also pushed The Daily Show to its best week in history, as the series posted an average of 1.5 million viewers.

The Daily Show won its time slot compared with all of cable among young adults (18-34), and it finished second behind Fox News Channel among total viewers (two-plus) and adults 18-49, Comedy said.

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