The 19th and final season of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded on a high note during the week of May 23-27, 2022, attracting its best weekly household average of the 2021-2022 television season with a 1.3 rating, up +18% from one week earlier, reports TVNewsCheck. The final episode which aired on Thursday, May 26 attracted a 1.8 household rating, a 30% improvement over the same period one year ago and a 64% increase from the previous Thursday.
Despite the improved numbers, “Ellen” remained in third place among all daytime syndicated talk shows in households, behind perennial leaders “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.6 rating) and “Dr. Phil” (1.5 rating). Among Women 25-54, the primary sales demo for daytime syndicated programming, “Ellen” had a 0.4 rating, the same as one week earlier, and also placing it in third place behind “Live with Kelly and Ryan” which ranked first with a 0.6 rating and “Dr. Phil” which ranked second with a 0.5 rating. “Ellen” was flat week to week, same with “Dr. Phil.” Meanwhile, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” was up 20% week to week.
Having been designated as the heir apparent to “Ellen” on most NBC stations beginning this fall with her moving to the later afternoon time slot DeGeneres had held for years, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” ranked fourth for the week among daytime syndicated talkers with a 0.8 rating, flat week to week. Meanwhile, the now-canceled “Maury” and “The Wendy Williams Show” tied for fifth place with “Rachael Ray” and “Tamron Hall,” each with a 0.7 household rating. With the exception of “Wendy Williams,” which was up +17% week to week, the aforementioned three shows were flat compared to one week earlier.
For more on how daytime syndication programming performed during the week of May 23-27, 2022, the most current week in which ratings are available for the daypart, click here.
Fun Fact: Since “Ellen” stopped airing originals in May, the NBC Owned Television Stations, particularly WNBC in New York, have already gotten a jumpstart on Clarkson’s move by swapping the two shows. The former “American Idol” alum’s talk show is now airing at 3:00 p.m. on the station while “Ellen” will wrap her rerun-filled season at 2:00 p.m., airing through at least the first week of September.