Jake Tapper Lands First No. 1 on Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

10:10 AM 12/23/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

The CNN host leads the chart, which ranks the most popular TV personalities based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, for the first time.

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Jake Tapper ascends to No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart for the first time, rising 3-1 on the ranking dated Dec. 27.

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 Dec. 19.

Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, reaches the chart’s peak for the first time after previously ranking as high as No. 2 once (Nov. 1).

Chelsea Handler, the preceding chart’s No. 1, drops to No. 2, followed by Jimmy Kimmel, Joanna Gaines and Tamera Mowry in the top five.

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

  • 10. Jimmy Fallon

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    Last week: 4

  • 9. Steve Harvey

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    Last week: 8

  • 8. Mike Huckabee

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    Last week: 9

  • 7. Chris Hayes

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    Last week: 10

  • 6. James Corden

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    Last week: -

    The host of CBS’ The Late Late Show jumped 458 percent in Twitter likes in the Dec. 13-19 tracking week, with his top-performing tweets including a post about the Dec. 19 trailer for Ocean’s 8 (in which he has a supporting role) and a Dec. 17 tweet where he expressed happiness about the birth of his newborn daughter, writing, “everything is just so lovely.”

  • 5. Tamera Mowry

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    Last week: 5

  • 4. Joanna Gaines

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    Last week: 2

  • 3. Jimmy Kimmel

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    Last week: -

  • 2. Chelsea Handler

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    Last week: 1

  • 1. Jake Tapper

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    Last week: 3

    In his first week at No. 1, Tapper accumulated a total of 635,000 likes on Twitter, a boost of 36 percent. The prolific tweeter was assisted by a clip from his Dec. 12 show in which he informed a spokesman for Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore that members of Congress were not legally obligated to swear on the Bible.

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