Poll names Jay Leno top television personality

By Tim Surette

Jan 29, 2009

There's nothing like a good poll to both get the pulse of the nation and stir up some fun tête-à-tête. Harris Interactive, one of market research's big guns, sought to find out who was television's favorite personality and the results are in--number one goes to NBC's late-night pitchman Jay Leno.

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,388 adults and found that the man with the chin famous for such bits as "Headlines" was the top vote getter. Leno, who finished third overall in last year's Harris Poll, rated better with men than women, and better with people aged 44 and older than youngsters.

Second place went to Hugh Laurie, who plays Dr. House on Fox's hit House. Third on the list was Ellen DeGeneres, who was tops among women and hosts her own successful daytime talk show on NBC. Fourth went to Queen of Media Oprah Winfrey and fifth went to her best frenemy David Letterman. Rounding out the top 10 were (in order) Jon Stewart, Charlie Sheen, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Mark Harmon (tied with Colbert for ninth).

Ousted from the top 10 this year were Bill O'Reilly, Ray Romano, and Homer Simpson. O'Reilly finished eighth last year, while Romano and Homer tied for ninth.

Did your favorite make the list?

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  • Morg99 Mar 28, 2009

    Stephen Colbert dominates Mark Hamon

  • casabonita83 Feb 06, 2009

    I like both Jay and Letterman. It's funny on Letterman he still sometimes has go at Leno and Leno's chin is the subject of many jokes like that South Park spin-off special

  • ncisgirl101 Jan 29, 2009

    Go Mark Harmon!!! Good on him. He's such an amazing actor and it's awesome to see some NCIS actors finally getting some credit. I'm happy with the top ten; I would have voted much the same... except Ellen would have won!!!

  • Xaviersx Jan 29, 2009

    I rate Jay below Letterman, but wasn't in this poll. I'm glad Hugh Laurie was up there, I really appreciate his portrayal of Dr. House. On well, the chin put Jay on top . . . you can't stop the chin, it's got a show of its own.

  • staind47 Jan 29, 2009

    I agree, Leno is the best, the show never really feels repetitive even though its on 5days a week, which other talk shows are sometimes guilty of. Where is Conan though?

  • pgsuperfan Jan 29, 2009

    I am still a Letterman fan, Dave is way way funnier (and that is direct from the home office)

  • Nikkles Jan 29, 2009

    this is kind of a strange group of people

  • shariqk Jan 29, 2009

    hell no...i'm really bothered by the fact that genuinely talented, funny talkshow hosts like craig ferguson never make this list. That man deserves far more attention than he's getting.

  • LAURAMARIE63 Jan 29, 2009

    Be interesting to see the breakdown of who was polled.

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