Ellen loses a million viewers after toxic workplace claims
A 43% decline in US viewership for Ellen DeGeneres after blistering headlines.
According to a report in the New York Times, recent Nielsen data shows Ellen DeGeneres Show viewership has dropped by 1.1 million people this season, from 2.6 million viewers to 1.5 million viewers. Those numbers account for a 43% decline in viewership, and more specifically, a 38% decline in viewership from her core demographic of adult women under 54.
By comparison Dr. Phil averages 2.5 million followed by Live: With Kelly and Ryan (2.7 million). Ellen still edges ahead of Maury Povich (1.4 million), Kelly Clarkson (1.3 million), Rachael Ray (1.2 million), Tamron Hall (1.1 million) and Jerry Springer’s former security guard Steve Wilkos (1.1 million).
The decline follows allegations that the show was a toxic workplace behind the scenes, including accusations of racism and sexual misconduct against producers. Warner Bros. investigated the complaints and uncovered “deficiencies,” leading to the firing of three high-level producers.
DeGeneres, who contracted COVID-19 late last year, told her viewers she took responsibility for the matters.
“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. I realised that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she said.
DeGeneres is set to host her talk show until 2022 and has not indicated yet if it will be her last.
In Australia the show screens on both Nine, where it is also beaten by Dr. Phil, and FOX Arena through Warner Media.