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‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Loses 1 Million Viewers Following Toxic Workplace Scandal

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Concerns had run high on the hit daytime talker, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, following all the allegations and accusations that came to light last summer over the toxic environment created in the workplace and behind the scenes of the show.  That led to the dismissal of several key producers.

Now the New York Times is reporting that the talk show has now lost over 1 million viewers since the scandal, and following the 18th season return in September of 2020.

During the season premiere, where viewers were waiting to hear Ellen’s statement on what had transpired, the show scored its highest season opener episode in four years.  However, after that, viewers left in droves, where the show is averaging 1.5 million viewers over the last six months, and that is decline from 2.6 million from the same period last year.  More stark is that that the decline marks a 43% decrease, which is further decline than any of Ellen’s competition.

According to the NY Times, “The loss of viewers includes a 38 percent decline in her core audience, adult women under 54, according to Nielsen. And it appears to have put a dent in the show’s ad revenue.”

Ellen had confirmed that the show would run for its 19th season following her hiatus over the summer for the 2021-2022 TV season.

On the converse to the erosion, David McGuire, an executive vice president of programming at Telepictures shared that the Ellen Show, “remains one of the top three highest-rated syndicated talk shows this season.”  He suggested there are other reasons at play for the decline in viewership including the Coronavirus pandemic, adding, “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.”

So can ‘Ellen’ bounce back in the ratings? She has certainly come back from adversity before throughout her career? Comment below.

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Michael
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Michael

Karma is a bitch.

Timmm
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Timmm

So is Ellen!

Michael
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Michael

Yes she is!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

My first, snippy instinct is to say, “She can afford it”, both in terms of viewers and revenue. But there’s more to this issue that’s disturbing. Such as how long these toxic environments have existed EVERYWHERE and how long they would have continued without some brave folks coming forward. To me, they are heroes as well.

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Anne

I knew there was a good reason to rarely watch Ellen. The last time I watched an entire hour of Ellen was back in late 2019 when she had Dakota Johnson as her guest. Ellen started a public fight over a birthday invitation needlessly embarrassing Dakota in front of the whole world. So much for the “kindness” of Ellen.

Damien
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Damien

Ellen can go
The talk can go
The 7th hour of gma can go
The 20 judge shows can go
The 10 cheesy entertainment gossip shows can go
….
Can we bring a soap back instead?
Guiding light?
Atwt?
Santa Barbara?
Even in the half hour format?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

If only they’d had the common sense to just scale back to 30 minutes again. Most shows would still be around with healthy audiences and on fire. The best 30 minutes of TV in a day. And I guarantee if that was the case B&B wouldn’t be recycling triangle storylines over and over.

Jamesj75
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I can go…right along with you. Great points throughout, Damien!

Lainy
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Lainy

Oh I would love to watch Santa Barbara again! From the beginning to the end, just like I did in the 80’s. My favorite soap opera eva! ♥️♥️♥️

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The Bold and the Beautiful to Dedicate Episode to Betty White On What Would Have Been Her 100th Birthday

Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

White, passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve, and earlier this week it came to light that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

Pictured in this post are Alley Mills (Pam_, the late Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator B&B and Y&R), Betty White and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie).

So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Favorite Robert Newman is Y&R’s New Ashland Locke

Major casting news! The Young and the Restless has recast the role of Ashland Locke, previously played by Richard Burgi who has exited the CBS daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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