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Ellen DeGeneres' Season 18 Premiere Amid Controversy - The Ratings Are In!

Ellen DeGeneres' Season 18 Premiere Amid Controversy - The Ratings Are In!

Ellen DeGeneres returned to her studio for The Ellen DeGeneres Show amid much controversy and accusations of a toxic workplace culture, as well as accusations of being unfriendly off-camera.

The TV ratings are now in for the premiere episode, which aired on Monday (September 21) and featured her 6-minute apology.

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“One would have perhaps expected the premiere to draw bigger ratings than usual due to the controversy. However, that turned out not to be the case, as the premiere came in even on last season’s debut. The Ellen DeGeneres Show season premiere scored a 1.9 household rating, the same number as last year. In terms of the key syndication talk show demographic of people aged 25-54, Ellen ticked up fractionally to a 0.9 from a 0.8 in 2019. The View was comfortably the winner on Monday night with a 2.7 rating,” Variety reported Tuesday (September 22).

“On the other hand, the lack of a spike isn’t all that surprising, as changing viewing habits due to COVID-19 have meant linear ratings have fallen on the whole, as viewers opt for streaming even more than ever.”

Here is what Ellen said in her apology…

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