The Ellen Show loses viewers after office misconduct apology in September 2020
Over the summer time, Ellen DeGeneres was hit with severe allegations of office misconduct on her present. Though she apologized and appeared to cost ahead together with her present as regular, new knowledge reveals that The Ellen Show has truly misplaced about 1,000,000 viewers within the wake of the allegations.
Per Nielsen, From September 2020 till March 2021, The Ellen Show averaged about 1.5 million viewers. During that very same interval final yr, the present averaged about 2.6 million eyeballs.
No one can level with certainty on the office misconduct scandal and declare that it’s the rationale for the dip, however Ellen battled the allegations for many of the summer time and in September 2020 after they present returned from its summer time hiatus, Ellen addressed the scandal head-on. It’s seemingly no coincidence that the interval after the misconduct investigation was when the viewership numbers dropped off.
Allegations towards The Ellen Show surfaced over the summer time with workers members saying that they had handled “racism, fear and intimidation” on the set.
Other stated high-level producers had sexually harassed them. An inside investigation led to 3 upper-level, and male, producers being fired. Additionally, a social media marketing campaign towards DeGeneres herself started in March 2020, with followers and Hollywood insiders sharing disagreeable tales in regards to the discuss present host.
When Ellen addressed the story in September 2020 on her present, she stated “I learned that things happen 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.” That “apology” episode had the very best scores for an “Ellen” premiere in 4 years, however after that season opener — the followers tuned out. Did her followers tune out after listening to in regards to the “toxic workplace” allegations? Or have been they simply uninterested in watching celeb interviews through Zoom screens? Warner Bros claims it’s the latter.
David McGuire, an government vice chairman of programming at Telepictures, a Warner Bros. subsidiary, instructed The New York Times in a press release that the decline in viewership might be blamed on “changing viewing habits during the pandemic.” He claims that Ellen and everybody on the present is wanting ahead to her upcoming nineteenth season, which is able to seemingly see the return of her full studio viewers, which — due to COVID — has been sparse and socially distanced.
COVID might be partly guilty, and different discuss reveals noticed viewership drop-offs throughout the pandemic as effectively, however none as extreme as The Ellen Show.
US Weekly reviews that Ellen’s viewership dropped 43% from September 2020 till now. For comparability, The Kelly Clarkson Show viewers solely dropped by 26% %, Dr. Phil went down 22%, and Live With Kelly and Ryan solely went down three proportion factors.
Ellen is certainly returning for an additional season of her present however has but to say what she’ll do after the 2021-2022 season.