Jimmy Fallon Leads Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking After BTS Comes to ‘Tonight Show’

6:55 AM 10/6/2018

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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Jimmy Fallon’s hosting of BTS on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon helps him to retain the No. 1 rank on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart dated Oct. 10.

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 Oct. 2.

Fallon leads Lawrence O’Donnell for the second straight week, while Chris Hayes vaults 10-3.

Jake Tapper and Jonathan Van Ness 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. Stephen Colbert

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    Last week: 9

  • 9. Bill Maher

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    Last week: -

  • 8. Antoni Porowski

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    Last week: 5

  • 7. Chelsea Handler

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    Last week: 8

  • 6. Mike Huckabee

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    Last week: 6

  • 5. Jonathan Van Ness

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    Last week: 3

  • 4. Jake Tapper

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    Last week: 4

  • 3. Chris Hayes

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    Last week: 10

    Hayes launches 286 percent in all social media metrics, led by 1.1 million Twitter likes in the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 tracking week and 203,000 retweets. The All In with Chris Hayes host tweeted often about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, leading to much of his social engagement.

  • 2. Lawrence O'Donnell

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    Last week: 2

  • 1. Jimmy Fallon

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    Last week: 1

    A week after leading the chart due to his viral Tonight Show clip with Robert Irwin and Kevin Hart, Fallon increases even more in social metrics after the visit of K-pop boyband BTS to the show on Sept. 25. Fallon scored an additional boost of 301 percent in Twitter likes to 993,000 overall, plus 359,000 retweets.