4 OF TOP 5 ARE TALK SHOW HOSTS
Mark Harmon, star of NCIS on CBS, has displaced Ellen DeGeneres as Americans’ favorite television personality in the annual survey by The Harris Poll. NCIS also won as the favorite current TV show.
Although DeGeneres saw her three-year reign atop the poll come to an end, the syndicated talk show host was still second and one of four talk show hosts in the top five. Jimmy Fallon, of The Tonight Show on NBC, repeated as #3 after entering the list for the first time last year. Steve Harvey, who hosts two shows in syndication—his own talk show and the Family Feud game show—claimed the #4 spot again and Stephen Colbert—who moved from Comedy Central to host The Late Show on CBS—moved up two spots to #5.
The rest of the Top 10 are: Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Tom Selleck of Blue Bloods, CBS; Jon Stewart, who left The Daily Show, Comedy Central; Tim Allen of Last Man Standing, ABC; Jerry Seinfield, whose Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an OTT streaming video show; and Oprah Winfrey, who appears in various capacities on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
After NCIS, the other top shows—not surprisingly—were The Big Bang Theory on CBS and The Walking Dead on AMC. Rounding out the Top 5 were Scandal on ABC and Game of Thrones on HBO.