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Jon Stewart returns to 'Daily Show' with ratings boost

Jon StewartThe Daily Show (tv program)EntertainmentComedy Central (tv network)Stephen ColbertTime Warner Cable Inc.John Oliver

Did you miss him? 

Comedian Jon Stewart is back from his summer-long hiatus from "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, and his return Tuesday night generated a ratings boost.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" drew 2.02 million viewers Tuesday in its 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m. time slot, an increase of 24% compared with the series' average audience for the year so far for episodes Stewart hosted. 

About 1.04 million of those viewers were in the advertiser-coveted category of adults aged 18-49 for a rating of 1.0, up 15% compared with the rest of the year. The show brought in 637,613 viewers in the 18-34 demographic for a 1.1 rating, up 22%. 

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Ratings increased compared with last year, as well. Total viewership was 21% more than the average for September 2012. 

Stewart took the summer off from the satirical fake news show to film a movie in the Middle East, leaving heir apparent John Oliver in the hosting chair. Oliver hosted from June 10 to Aug. 15. 

The episode opened with a skit in which Stewart emerged from his dressing room transformed, with a full-beard and speaking in a foreign accent.

Oliver, correspondent Jessica Williams and Stephen Colbert eventually brought Stewart back to normal, but not after failing to do so using a defibrillator made out of two Big Macs. 

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