'The Ellen Show' Ratings Drop Nearly 30% from Last Year Amid Workplace Controversy

Saturday October 10, 2020

"The Ellen Show" returned last month for Season 18 but things are a bit different for the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show and its host Ellen DeGeneres. The show debuted to lower ratings compared to its 2019 premiere amid reports of workplace toxicity.

Variety writes:

For the week of Sept. 21, "Ellen" averaged 1.2 Live+Same Day household ratings according to Nielsen, which represents a 29% drop from last season's premiere week. In terms of total viewership, DeGeneres drew 1.7 million average viewers per episode, down roughly 37% from the equivalent week in 2019.

The outlet also goes on to add, however, that the dip in viewers isn't just happening to "Ellen," writing that "syndicated talk shows were down almost across the board for premiere week, even if 'Ellen''s decline was steeper than most."

In her first episode back to the show, DeGeneres apologized to her staff and fans in a seven-minute opening monologue. Nevertheless, former and current employees of "Ellen" took issue with the comedian's apology.

Of course, DeGeneres has made headline over the summer after several former workers of the talk show came forward to allege a toxic workplace environment. After an internal investigation, three top executives were fired.