Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and More Ride Midterms-Related Gains on Top TV Personalities Chart

6:55 AM 11/17/2018

by Eric Frankenberg, Billboard

The chart ranks the most popular TV personalities based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - November 6, 2018 live show  - Publicity 2-H 2018
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Jake Tapper maintains his foothold at No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart, leading the list dated Nov. 21.

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 Nov. 13.

Tapper is followed by Mike Huckabee at No. 2 and Jonathan Van Ness, who jumps five spots to No. 3, thanks to increased activity surrounding his support for the trans community on Twitter.

Elsewhere, the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections fueled surges in online engagement for late-night hosts Bill Maher (No. 6) and Stephen Colbert (No. 7).

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

  • 10. Antoni Porowski

    Last Week: 5

  • 9. Chelsea Handler

    Last Week: 2

  • 8. James Corden

    Last Week: -

  • 7. Stephen Colbert

    Last Week: -



    Stephen Colbert comes in at No. 7, due to an across-the-board uptick in activity on Twitter, mixing updates from The Late Show and his own musings, both political and personal. On Nov. 8, he tweeted, “Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right. Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters,” inspiring 36,000 re-tweets.

  • 6. Bill Maher

    Last Week: 10

  • 5. Chris Hayes

    Last Week: 7

  • 4. Steve Harvey

    Last Week: 9

  • 3. Jonathan Van Ness

    Last Week: 8



    Jonathan Van Ness flies to No. 3 on the Top TV Personalities chart. A close-up selfie with bold makeup encouraged high engagement with 5,406 comments, his most discussed photo in over a month. Van Ness’ social activity was diverse this week, as political dissension helped fuel a 223 percent increase in likes on Twitter.

  • 2. Mike Huckabee

    Last Week: 4

  • 1. Jake Tapper

    Last Week: 1