Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ratings: Ellen DeGeneres Drives Numbers Up 20% with Giveaway Days as Summer Scandal Recedes


Ellen DeGeneres is starting to show signs that her summer scandal is receding.

Ellen’s talk show was up 18% in total numbers and 20% in the key demo for the week of November 29th. “The Ellen Show” is paddling away from all the talk of toxic backstage behavior moving up to 1.3 million. That’s still 35% below its ratings a year ago, but at least things are improving. What’s helping? “12 Days Of Giveaways” seems to hit the spot. When you’re giving gifts to the audience, toxicity disappears!

Meanwhile, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” continues to be the number 1 talk show in syndication, beating “Dr. Phil.” Their pull is 1.9 million.

Drew Barrymore’s show, meantime, continues to scrape along with 500,000 average viewers a week.

And what are the real hits? “Judge Judy” is number 1 in the whole syndication market with 6 million daily viewers. And Judy’s spin off “Hot Bench” grows and grows with 1.8 million.

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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