Afternoon emergency: Ellen DeGeneres daytime talk show drops to all-time high, down 11% in one week


Home Television Afternoon emergency: Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show drops to its lowest …

Ellen DeGeneres really has a serious problem now. Maybe that’s why she keeps knocking over $ 40 million homes.

For the week of April 4, Ellen’s afternoon talk show hit an all-time low – just 800,000 viewers on average for those five days. That’s an 11% drop from the previous week and around 300,000 viewers since the start of the season.

In contrast, “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which airs earlier today, averages 1.8 million. Ellen is now beaten by shoddy shows like Wendy Williams and Maury Povich.

At the same time, his weekly nighttime NBC show, “Game of Games,” has lost half of its audience this season, falling to around 1.5 million viewers per week.

Much of this can be attributed to reports of behind-the-scenes chaos and a toxic work environment, with laid-off producers and celebrities complaining about their treatment.

A portion can be attributed to a low overall audience for the shows subscribed to in the last two weeks. Constant interruptions for newsletters and hearings, press conferences, etc. are a big deal for afternoon shows.

Still, Ellen continues to attract A-List stars. But they have less and less to promote due to the pandemic reducing movie releases etc. All of this does not bode well ahead of the May sweep.

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Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and wrote for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, The New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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