Jimmy Kimmel Shoots to No. 1 On Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

10:30 AM 9/30/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” earns his first week atop the chart, which is based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, following social media posts and conversation concerning the Graham-Cassidy bill in the U.S. Senate.

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Jimmy Kimmel leads The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart for the first time, re-entering the chart at No. 1 on the ranking dated Oct. 4.

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 Sept. 26.

Kimmel bows at No. 1 (after previously rising as high as No. 2) chiefly due to posts surrounding his opposition of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate (more on that below). He’s followed by Chris Hayes, Jimmy Fallon, Joanna Gaines and Tyra Banks (last week’s No. 1) 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. Jeremy Clarkson

    The Grand Tour

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    Last week: -

    The British TV host re-enters the Top TV Personalities chart at No. 10 (his fourth week on the chart) with a 253 percent boost in all social media engagement, led most prominently by 337,000 Instagram favorites (up 342 percent), according to MVPindex. Clarkson returned to the set of The Grand Tour, posting multiple behind-the-scenes photos, following a bout with pneumonia in August.

  • 9. Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show

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    Last week: 5

  • 8. Gordon Ramsay

    The F Word

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    Last week: 3

  • 7. Bill Maher

    Real Time with Bill Maher

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    Last week: 8

  • 6. Stephen Colbert

    Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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    Last week: 6

  • 5. Tyra Banks

    America's Got Talent

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    Last week: 1

  • 4. Joanna Gaines

    Fixer Upper

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    Last week: 2

  • 3. Jimmy Fallon

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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    Last week: 4

  • 2. Chris Hayes

    All In with Chris Hayes

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    Last week: 7

  • 1. Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel Live

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    Last week: -

    The death of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill in the U.S. Senate was celebrated by the TV host, who has declared his opposition of the bill on his show and on social media (partially due to his own son's medical condition). A 2,083 percent jump in social engagement as a result helps him to his first No. 1.