‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ loses 1 Million Viewers after Toxic Workplace Claims
Once famous as the queen of comedy talk shows, Ellen DeGeneres is now struggling to regain her viewership. According to reports, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has seen a sharp decline in its ratings since the show returned last September.
Ellen loses 1 Million viewers!
The New York Times reported that recent Neilsen data suggests The Ellen DeGeneres Show lost around 1.1 million viewers this season. This is a massive decline from 2.6 million last season to 1.5 million in the current season 18, which is a 43% decline in viewership. What’s even more concerning is that Ellen Degeneres suffered a 38-percent decline in viewership from her core demographic of adult women under 54.
Furthermore, this decline coincides with the toxic workplace allegations her show faced last summer. The allegations included racism and sexual harassment claims against top producers. There was an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, but they couldn’t find any evidence of systemic racism. But, it did lead to the firing of three top executives on the show. As a result, Ellen DeGeneres apologized to her staff privately and to the audience publicly after returning for season 18. She said at the time:
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.
However, many people found Ellen’s apology distasteful because of the humor and the jokes. That said, according to Warner Bros., the decline in viewership is because of America changing its viewing habits, and not the toxic workplace claims. As of right now, Ellen will return to host the show until 2022. However, she hasn’t specified if it will be her last season on the iconic talk show.