March 14, 2009 at 04:02 AM EDT

Thursday night’s anticipated appearance by CNBC financial guru Jim Cramer on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart netted big ratings, the cable network announced on Friday. The program drew a crowd of some 2.3 million viewers, making it the year’s second-most-watched Daily Show installment, after the episode that aired on Inauguration Day (which garnered 2.6 million pairs of eyeballs). Overall, it was among the top 10 shows in the 12 1/2-year history of the fake news program.

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