Mike Rowe Hits No. 1 on Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

6:15 AM 8/11/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

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

Mike Rowe attends the Discovery Upfront 2018  -  Getty-H 2018
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An Internet meme scores Mike Rowe his first week at No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter's Top TV Personalities chart, ruling the ranking dated Aug. 15.

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. 7.

Rowe, currently the host of Someone's Gotta Do It on TBN, leads fellow TBN host Mike Huckabee on the chart, followed by James Corden, previous No. 1 Jake Tapper and Bill Maher 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. Jonathan Van Ness

    Last week: -

  • 9. Jeremy Clarkson

    Last week: -

    Clarkson returns to Top TV Personalities for the first time in 10 months, previously reaching the tally in October 2017. The former Top Gear star took his turn at the "In My Feelings" challenge, set to Drake's song of the same name, on Aug. 6, garnering a 611 percent boost in Twitter likes (213,000 overall).

  • 8. Chris Hayes

    Last week: 4

  • 7. Chelsea Handler

    Last week: 8

  • 6. Lawrence O'Donnell

    Last week: 7

  • 5. Bill Maher

    Last week: 9

  • 4. Jake Tapper

    Last week: 1

  • 3. James Corden

    Last week: 5

  • 2. Mike Huckabee

    Last week: 2

  • 1. Mike Rowe

    Last week: -

    The TV personality and narrator, who currently hosts TBN's Somebody's Gotta Do It, scores his first No. 1 ranking mainly due to a widely-shared meme showing a young girl with a plastic straw running away from a policeman, referencing multiple companies' ban on the objects. "I'm not looking to make trouble," he wrote, "but this is funny."