Sunday, June 16, 2024

Toxic: “The Ellen Show” Ratings Dropped 25 Percent in Key Demos First Week Back, Off 11 Percent Overall


Ellen DeGeneres has a problem.

The ratings for her first week, in metered markets, were down 25% from last year. According to, “The Ellen Show” scored only 800,00 viewers in its return week. Just 300,000 were in the desired 25-54 age group.  DeGeneres’s show was 25% down in the key demo and 11% off over all.

More numbers will be in soon, but “The Ellen Show” finished 5th among all syndicated talk shows. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” was number 1 with 1.9 million viewers.

DeGeneres should be concerned that she lost the young and younger women advertisers depend on. They were obviously aware of her “toxic backstage” scandal. It’s taken a big bite of her audience.

“Judge Judy,” on the other hand, returned up 6% with 5.7 million viewers. This is her 25th and last season but she’ll go out with the banging of a gavel.

Drew Barrymore’s show came in tied for 9th place with Wendy Williams. Drew had 700,000 viewers. The show she replaced in New York, “Hot Bench,” carried on in other time slots and channels with 1.7 million viewers. I know a lot of people miss “Hot Bench” in New York at 9am on CBS 2. And “Live with Kelly and Ryan” is probably happy it’s gone from direct competition.

Elsewhere, among magazine shows, everyone’s watching “Entertainment Tonight” and “Inside Edition.” But “Extra” with Billy Bush is down 14%. That’s a huge drop. I don’t know what’s happening there  but it’s not good.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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