Jon Stewart’s ‘super-woke’ Apple TV+ show a ‘flop’: Report
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Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s woke new series “The Problem with Jon Stewart” has been dubbed a flop, according to new reports.
Stewart’s Apple TV show, which debuted in September, averaged only about 180,000 U.S. homes within the first week. By the fifth episode in March, viewership went down 78% to only 40,000 U.S. homes within seven days, according to Bloomberg.
TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 22: Host Jon Stewart poses for a portrait prior to the opening ceremony of the 2019 Warrior Games at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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By comparison, Samba TV reported approximately 844,000 U.S. homes tuned in to a March episode of HBO Max’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” hosted by fellow comedian John Oliver.
Stewart’s latest show was previously panned by many news outlets after its initial release. The series has also been blasted by online viewers for offering “super-woke” and “anti-White” takes. In two episodes that aired in March Stewart implied that Andrew Sullivan, a British-American author, was racist by agreeing to a guest who accused Sullivan of perpetuating “racist dog-whistle tropes”. A separate episode featured Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., calling out Stewart for suggesting “White resentment” led to White people opposing financial aid to Black farmers.
Host Jon Stewart performs his intro at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 5, 2006. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
“No, no … When you say White farmers, if I’m a White farmer listening to this in Iowa I’m thinking to myself, ‘Jon Stewart’s calling me – Jon Stewart’s blaming me for stopping Booker’s legislation.’ That’s not true,” Booker said.
Apple TV has declined to release its viewership numbers, but reports from Parrot Analytics have shown that Stewart’s program is the eighth most in-demand talk show in the U.S., ahead of programs hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and James Corden and behind ones hosted by the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah.
Entertainment Weekly magazine also reported that the show is the number one unscripted series on Apple TV .
Jon Stewart holds his awards for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Talk Series for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File photo
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Stewart has yet to comment on the report, but Apple TV has remained supportive of the comedian.
” We are thrilled that ‘The Trouble with Jon Stewart’ resonated with viewers around the world,” Molly Thompson of Apple TV ‘s unscripted and documentary division, said to Bloomberg. “The series has sparked complex discussions about critical issues, so we are proud to partner with Jon for season 2 and beyond. “
Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.
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