Young People Still Like Their News Funny

Last week, among young viewers, the Comedy Central “news” programs’ coverage of the Republican National Convention beat that of the legitimate news channels. From 11:00pm – midnight, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report got better ratings than Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN among adults 18-34. Comedy Central averaged about 450,000 viewers compared to Fox’s 329,000, MSNBC’s 158,000, and CNN’s 146,000. They also beat CNN and MSNBC in adults 18-49, but lost out to Fox News and their legions of 35-49 year-old viewers. The only concern here is that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were mostly covering the news from the previous night. As a result, all these kids were a day late making fun of their silly Republican fathers. That being said, if Romney loses, it will be funny to buy your old dad an empty chair for Christmas. It would be a great way to stick it to the guy that raised you and protected you when you were an incredibly fragile and incredibly oblivious monkey-like mini-person. [Via]

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