Jake Tapper Rules Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking for Fourth Week

6:45 AM 8/4/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

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

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Jake Tapper retakes the lead of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart for the second time in three weeks (and fourth week overall), rising from second to first on the Aug. 8-dated list.

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 July 31.

Tapper takes over the top spot from Trevor Noah, who falls to No. 6 after spending his first week at No. 1 on the Aug. 1-dated tally.

Mike Huckabee and Stephen Colbert follow at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while Chris Hayes and James Corden round out 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. Joanna Gaines

    Last week: -

  • 9. Bill Maher

    Last week: 7

  • 8. Chelsea Handler

    Last week: 8

  • 7. Lawrence O'Donnell

    Last week: 5

  • 6. Trevor Noah

    Last week: 1

  • 5. James Corden

    Last week: -

    On the July 26 episode of The Late Late Show, Corden went skydiving with Tom Cruise. Posts about and clips of the experience helped the late night host to bumps in both Twitter and Facebook post likes – 4,683 and 36,446 percent to 36,000 and 81,000 likes overall, respectively

  • 4. Chris Hayes

    Last week: -

  • 3. Stephen Colbert

    Last week: 4

  • 2. Mike Huckabee

    Last week: 3

  • 1. Jake Tapper

    Last week: 2

    After The Huffington Post tweeted a video of Barack and Michelle Obama dancing at a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert in Maryland on July 28, writing that one fan had tweeted that the couple was “living their best life,” Tapper responded July 29 that, “The Democratic Party is the weakest it has been since the 1920s, but ¯\_(?)_/ ¯." Though the tweet had its share of critics, it nonetheless helped the CNN pundit to a 38 percent increase in Twitter mentions to 69,000 total