Jon Stewart’s place among the kings of late night

February 11, 2015

Jon Stewart’s surprise announcement that he will leave The Daily Show left an adoring audience with a list of questions. The A.V. Club mulled a few of them: “No word yet on when exactly he’s leaving, whether this means he’s ending his time in the anchor chair to focus on being a Serious Movie Director now, or just how much this is Brian Williams’ fault.”

As this Reuters graphic shows, Stewart’s 17 years on the job make him one of the most consistent fixtures in a fickle late-night TV world. To date, his show has garnered 56 Emmy nominations and 20 winsA 2008 New York Times article asked, “Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?” and indeed Stewart and his show regularly earned favorable mention in polls of such things; 21 percent of respondents aged 18 to 29 cited “The Daily Show” as a regular source of political news in a 2004 Pew poll and Stewart was listed as the 4th most admired journalist—tied with Williams—in a 2007 Pew poll. Today’s New York Times article announcing his departure described the impact he had on his audience:

Mr. Stewart spoke for audience members who became jaded about electoral democracy (some before they were old enough to vote) and was often cited as a primary source of information for a viewership that had given up on the staid evening-news programs of the broadcast networks and the shouting-match arenas of cable television.

As 52, Stewart still presumably has plenty of incisive wit left in reserve.


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You left out The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, whose show won a Peabody Award. He was on CBS from 2005 to 2014.

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