In recent years, the TV industry has faced significant challenges. The rise of streaming services like Netflix and social media platforms such as YouTube and TikTok has led to a decline in linear TV viewership. According to data from Nielsen, multiple generations have stopped paying for TV altogether, leaving a shrinking and aging group of viewers.
In 2015, “The Daily Show” attracted 103 million people a night, but that number has since decreased to 57 million. The median age of TV viewers has also jumped from 51 to 62, indicating that the younger generation is moving away from traditional TV viewing habits.
Nielsen’s data also shows a decline in average viewership across both prime-time and late-night TV since 2015, particularly among the youngest adult viewers. The median age of remaining TV viewers continues to rise as well.
Despite these trends, it remains to be seen how Stewart and his fans will fare against this backdrop. It’s clear that the TV industry is facing significant challenges in attracting new viewers and keeping existing ones engaged.