Mike Huckabee, Jake Tapper Go 1-2 on Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

6:55 AM 8/18/2018

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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Mike Huckabee retakes the No. 1 spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart, with Jake Tapper and James Corden at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, after the TBN personality on the ranking dated Aug. 22.

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 Aug. 14.

Huckabee takes over at No. 1 for fellow TBN personality Mike Rowe.

Stephen Colbert in fourth place and Chris Hayes round out the chart’s 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. Gordon Ramsay

    Last week: -

  • 9. Chelsea Handler

    Last week: 7

  • 8. Jimmy Kimmel

    Last week: -


    After inviting Kanye West onto his TV show for an interview on Aug. 9, Kimmel earned gains of 134 percent in Twitter mentions, 1,060 percent in Facebook post shares and 117,000 total Twitter likes. On Facebook, he posted the full interview, which made news after Kimmel asked West about his views of President Donald Trump.

  • 7. Bill Maher

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  • 6. Lawrence O'Donnell

    Last week: 6

  • 5. Chris Hayes

    Last week: 8

  • 4. Stephen Colbert

    Last week: -

  • 3. James Corden

    Last week: 3

  • 2. Jake Tapper

    Last week: 4

  • 1. Mike Huckabee

    Last week: 2

    Like Mike Rowe before him, Huckabee ascends to No. 1 thanks in part to his ribbing of the plastic straw ban in multiple cities, including many in California, where he was traveling on Aug. 14. “Since it’s become a foreign country I have my passport and stashed some plastic straws in lining of suitcase,” he tweeted. “If caught I will ask for sanctuary status!” Huckabee’s Twitter follower count grew by 7 percent in the tracking week.