Bill Maher Debuts at No. 1 on Top TV Personalities Chart Following Controversy

5:00 PM 6/14/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

Maher later apologized after using the N-word on his HBO show June 2.

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Following controversy surrounding his use of a racial slur on his Real Time with Bill Maher program June 2, increased social media attention slots Bill Maher at No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart.

The Top TV Personalities chart is a ranking of the most popular TV personalities on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart’s methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. TV personalities are defined here as performers primarily known for their appearances on their own TV series, including hosts of entertainment/news shows. The latest tracking week ended June 6.

The inaugural chart’s No. 1 personality, Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, ranks at No. 2, while the tally hosts debuts from from Tyra Banks, Mike Rowe, Martha Stewart and Bill Nye.

See the full top 10 below, and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter check out the Top Actors and Top Comedians charts.

  • 10. Bill Nye

    Bill Nye Saves the World

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    Last week: n/a

  • 9. Martha Stewart

    Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party

    Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

    Last week: n/a

  • 8. Chris Hayes

    All In with Chris Hayes

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    Last week: 3

  • 7. Jimmy Fallon

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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    Last week: 2

  • 6. Anderson Cooper

    Anderson Cooper 360

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    Last week: 9

    It was a week of birthdays for the CNN anchor. In addition to wishing friend and TV host Andy Cohen a happy birthday June 2 on Instagram (“Hope this next year is your best yet!” he wrote), it was also Cooper’s 50th birthday on June 3, which spurred the sharing of an old photograph of him from 1993. His posts earned him 109,000 Instagram favorites and 50,000 Twitter likes, along with 46,000 Twitter mentions.

  • 5. Mike Rowe

    Deadliest Catch

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    Last week: n/a

  • 4. James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

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    Last week: 6

  • 3. Tyra Banks

    America's Got Talent

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    Last week: n/a

  • 2. Joanna Gaines

    Fixer Upper

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    Last week: 1

  • 1. Bill Maher

    Real Time with Bill Maher

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    Last week: n/a

    Maher came under fire after using a racial slur on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher on June 2, later issuing an apology in a statement, saying, “…I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” Maher’s week in the news drove 669,000 new Facebook likes and 62,000 Twitter mentions to his profiles. (Maher also debuts at No. 2 on The Hollywood Reporter’s latest Top Comedians chart.)

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