In contrast, during the same period in the previous season, she averaged about 2.6 million viewers.
The show is being outperformed by other competing daytime programs including Dr. Phil (2.5 million) and Live: With Kelly and Ryan (2.7 million).
It’s currently in line with a handful of other celebrity-hosted programs like Maury (1.4 million), The Kelly Clarkson Show (1.3 million), Rachael Ray (1.2 million), Tamron Hall (1.1 million) and The Steve Wilkos Show (1.1 million), per the outlet.
Some other daytime talk shows have also dropped in viewership this past year, but none as high as DeGeneres’ 43 per cent decline.
The drop in DeGeneres’ viewership includes a 38 per cent decline in female viewers under 54, her core audience.
Additionally, the show’s ad revenue has been affected by the decline as well.
From September to January of the 2019-2020 season, the show earned $A172 million from advertisers, the Times reports, citing research firm Kantar. This time around, in the same time period, Ellen has only earned $A138 million – a drop of about 20 per cent.
Furthermore, DeGeneres’ prime time game show Ellen’s Game of Games has also lost 32 per cent of its viewers this season, according to the Times, including 35 per cent in the advertiser-friendly adult demographic.
Fox News has reached out to representatives for DeGeneres, her show and Warner Bros.
In a statement to the Times, David McGuire, an executive with Warner Bros.’ Telepictures which produces the show, said: “The Ellen DeGeneres Show remains one of the top three highest-rated syndicated talk shows this season.”
He said that the decline in viewership could be a result of factors outside of the show’s controversy, including changes in television ratings during the pandemic.
“While broadcast is down across the board and COVID has been challenging for production, we are looking forward to bringing back our live audiences and a 19th season filled with all of the hilarious and heartwarming moments that have made Ellen one of the longest running and most successful talk shows in history,” the exec said.
Scandal arose last year when employees anonymously reported enduring “racism, fear and intimidation” on the set while DeGeneres herself faced accusations of rude behaviour.
The report was followed by accusations of sexual misconduct and fostering a poor work environment against higher-ups. Writer Kevin Leman and producers Ed Glavin and Jonathan Norman all “parted ways” with the show in the wake of such accusations.
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