DeGeneres found success after the peak of daily television popularity, led by cultural sensation Oprah Winfrey. But those days may be a thing of the past, because tracking habits have changed and streaming has changed, well, everything.
“[Ellen] “One of the major stores in the daytime shopping mall,” said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University for CNN Business.
Thompson added that this does not mean that “day television is over” because many shows are still reaching big numbers, but things are not what they used to be.
“He represents the generation where daytime television was still a television phenomenon,” he said.
So the question may not be, “Who’s the next Ellen?” but rather “can there be another Ellen?”
The Kelly Clarkson Show was a hit when it debuted in 2019 and is still popular. His viewership this season is just behind “Ellen”, an average of 1.3 million viewers.
“Kelly Clarkson is doing pretty well,” Thompson said. “I think she could be what you would call the Crown Prince.”
Its rise makes sense. Clarkson has created a live daily talk show that mixes interviews and Clarkson’s singing, making the clips viral and courting the audience.
So Clarkson and other newcomers Tamron Hall and Drew Barrymore – each with an average of 700,000 to a million viewers this season – have the job saved if they want to have the impact – and the money – that Ellen has made.
What will be next?
“Ellen “‘s successor plans are further complicated by the fact that today’s viewers can watch anything, anytime, so it’s harder to really stand out.
Nevertheless, Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein – co-chairs of Debmar-Mercury in Lionsgate, which distributes and produces syndicated shows – told CNN Business that despite all the changes in the television industry, the day is still important.
“Production during the day can still be profitable for us, even though there are fewer viewers on the whole television due to the fragmentation of the audience,” Bernstein said in an e-mail. “Our main buyers are television stations and it is essential for them to have strong daily programs that lead to their highly profitable reports in the late afternoon.”
Marcus reiterated his colleague and said in an e-mail that the future of daily television is “not so simple”, but the key to its profitability is to “gather eyeballs wherever they are – be it broadcast, digital networks, YouTube, Facebook and others. platforms. ”
And of course to find the right person to lead the show.
“The most important thing is to find the precious diamond that the viewers want to watch during the day,” Marcus said.
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