Trevor Noah Rides Stand-Up Special Hype to No. 1 on Top TV Personalities Social Media Ranking

6:55 AM 12/8/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

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

Trevor Noah - Publicity - H 2018
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Trevor Noah is the No. 1 personality on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Personalities chart for the first time since August and second time ever, rising from No. 2 to No. 1 on the tally dated Dec. 12.

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 Dec. 4.

Noah takes over the top spot from Jonathan Van Ness, who falls to No. 3. Meanwhile, Tyra Banks rises from No. 6 to No. 2, with Van Ness, Mike Huckabee and Jake Tapper rounding 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. Lawrence O'Donnell

    Last week: -

  • 9. James Corden

    Last week: -

  • 8. Steve Harvey

    Last week: 3

  • 7. Antoni Porowski

    Last week: 8

  • 6. Chris Hayes

    Last week: 10

  • 5. Jake Tapper

    Last week: 5

  • 4. Mike Huckabee

    Last week: 4

  • 3. Jonathan Van Ness

    Last week: 1

  • 2. Tyra Banks

    Last week: 6

    Banks earns social media gains following the Dec. 2 release of Life-Size 2, the follow-up to 2000's Life-Size, on Freeform.

  • 1. Trevor Noah

    Last week: 2

    “Can someone just add ‘had his own taco truck’ to my Wikipedia page already?” asked Noah on Instagram captioning a photo of a food truck featuring baby photos of himself on the side meant to promote his new Netflix stand-up special Son of Patricia. The post earned 209,000 likes.