Monday, June 17, 2024

Ellen DeGeneres’s Daytime Show Fell to Season Low Over Holidays, “Game of Games” Show Suffering Audience Drop Off, Too


Ellen DeGeneres’s ratings woes are still plaguing her.

For the week ending December 27th, “The Ellen Show” fell to a season low, just 900,000 viewers. That was a drop of 10% from the previous week, down from 1.3 million people at the beginning of December when she was giving stuff away on air.

Even then, “The Ellen Show” was down 35% from last year at this time.

By comparison, the number 1 talk show, “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” maintained an audience of 2.1 million for the same holiday week.

Meanwhile, on Monday night, Ellen’s “Game of Game Shows” averaged about 3 million viewers. Last season, “Game of Games” had a season average of 4.6 million. She had two episodes in October, and two Monday night, to give her current season an average of 3 million. At least 1.6 million fans have wandered off elsewhere.

DeGeneres could the victim of viewer fatigue, she’s on so much. She’s also had a ton of bad publicity that at first didn’t seem to be harming her. But the whole “toxic backstage” thing, with producers leaving and celebrities complaining may have caught up with her. Plus, DeGeneres was photographed over the holiday shopping in L.A. maskless after testing positive for the corona virus. Not funny.

Also off by 20% over the holidays, the “Drew Barrymore Show.” At an all time low with just 400,000 viewers, Drew has none of the traction of second year hits “Tamron Hall” and “Kelly Clarkson.” And Drew’s numbers are anemic compared to the show it replaced, “Hot Bench,” which is still hitting 1.6 million even on bad days.


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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