While most TV shows (even American Idol) aren't drawing the viewers they usually do during this strike-disrupted season, there's news this week of one big exception: Ratings for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have soared since the two shows returned Jan. 7 without their writers. Both shows are drawing their biggest audiences of this season, and they're also up significantly over last year. They're also the only late-night shows — writers or no — to be performing well.
Some are speculating that Colbert and Stewart are so darn funny on their own that writers are just a bonus, not a necessity. But couldn't their boost be attributed just as easily to election season and all the wonderful fodder for satire that we're getting from the campaign trail every day?
I'm curious what you Daily Show and Colbert fans make of this news. How do you think they've been doing without their writers? Have you found yourself tuning in more? And why do you think their ratings are up?
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