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Oprah Named Favorite TV Personality; Glenn Beck Is No. 2

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jan 25th 2010 8:01PM
Characters Welcome.

That's not just the slogan for the USA Network but an apt description of TV as a whole -- character and personality driven. And to drive that point home again -- lest we forget it in this era of reality TV (which, admittedly, is also character/ personality driven -- what would 'Jersey Shore' be without Snooki and The Situation?), the folks at Harris Interactive have released the results of their latest poll listing the top TV personalities for 2009.Characters Welcome.

That's not just the slogan for the USA Network but an apt description of TV as a whole -- character and personality driven. And to drive that point home again -- lest we forget it in this era of reality TV (which, admittedly, is also character/ personality driven -- what would 'Jersey Shore' be without Snooki and The Situation?), the folks at Harris Interactive have released the results of their latest poll listing the top TV personalities for 2009.

Topping the list is Oprah Winfrey, who has consistently been in the top five since 1993 and has been No. 1 for five years (2002-06), dropping to No. 2 in 2007 and No. 4 in 2008. Harris TV cites the announcement that she will be discontinuing her show in September 2011 as the reason for her return to the top perch.

New to the list and debuting at number 2 is Fox News' personality, Glenn Beck, whose rabble-rousing ways have endeared him to Republicans, conservatives,and independents, according to the Harris results. Dropping to No. 3 from No. 1 last year is Jay Leno, whose descent in the poll predated the NBC-'Tonight Show'-Leno-Conan O'Brien debacle. We'd like to see where he ranks now.

The rest of the list, in descending order:
Ellen DeGeneres
Hugh Laurie
Jon Stewart
Charlie Sheen
Mark Harmon
David Letterman
Bill O'Reilly

It's interesting to note that in the top 10, seven personalities are hosts of talk shows, making "truth" certainly stranger than fiction.

According to Harris, "There are different number ones for different groups. Men say Jay Leno is their favorite, while for women it is Oprah. Generations also have their favorites. Echo Boomers (those aged 18-32) are about to be disappointed as Conan O'Brien is their favorite, while for both Gen Xers (aged 33-44) and Baby Boomers (aged 45-63) it is Oprah. Another talk show personality is tops for Matures (aged 64 and older: Glenn Beck."

Another interesting note: Sheen, who was No. 7 last year, didn't lose any standing despite his run in with the law in early December.

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,276 adults online between Dec. 7 and 14, 2009, with the data weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population.

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