Poll names Jay Leno top television personality

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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Mar 28, 2009
Stephen Colbert dominates Mark Hamon
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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
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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!!!
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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.
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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?
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Jan 29, 2009
I am still a Letterman fan, Dave is way way funnier (and that is direct from the home office)
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Jan 29, 2009
this is kind of a strange group of people
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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.
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Jan 29, 2009
Be interesting to see the breakdown of who was polled.
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Jan 29, 2009
I have never seen Jay Leno but I suppose congratulations are in order.
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Jan 29, 2009
Yay! Mark Harmon got in there! :D Even though he definitely should have got higher than ninth. Oh well. I'm glad Hugh Laurie, Ellen, David Letterman, Charlie Sheen and Steve Carell got in there too. I love them all :)
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Jan 29, 2009
Good for Mark Harmon, even though I feel he deserves higher than a tie for ninth with Colbert.
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Jan 29, 2009
Whoa. Someone is hateful here, but it isn't me. Cool, though, that you have psychic abilities and can know who I like or don't like, and why. Thanks for the insight! Jay Leno seems like a good guy, he's just not at the TOP of my list. One out of every 20 jokes he tells is pretty funny, and his celebrity guests have usually only told their same humorous anecdote on four other shows earlier that week. But he is good-natured, just not 'appointment television.' I'm personally not a big fan of Letterman either . . . or of Olbermann for that matter. And I kinda like NCIS, too. -- By the way, you don't get more "Main Stream Media" than NCIS and Jay Leno.
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Jan 29, 2009
Mark Harmon does a great job on NCIS also.You never hear of him making an ass out of himself or causing trouble for others,so I guess many would not like him much.
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Jan 29, 2009
It is easy to see Jay Leno at tops on the list..BEckaleck and bersds don't think logically at all.Joh Stewart is a biased Politcal stooge hack that preaches to the masses of the young and sheepish.David Letterman and Oprah pretty much are the same,if you don't think exactly like them and Are controlled by the Media Elite,you are lessthen nothing.I see these 2 jokers Live for whatever they dish out.Amazes me Beck doesn't like O'Reilly because he is biased but has no problems with the Main Stream Medias extreme bias.Sounds like hypocrisy to me.What woud you figure from sheep.J

ay Leno is very Moderate(which so many aren't)So he gets the nod from those of us that think for Ourselves.You might not like Jay because he doesn't spew out hatred for others as David Letterman does or tries to brainwash people like Oprah has done for years,but you can never honestly say he is anything but fair and equla to all.Something Stewart and Opie and Letterman could never say.Beck should have just said ok you got me Im a hard core Olbermann fan.I HATE EVERYONE...LOL
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Jan 29, 2009
Clearly this survey was conducted asking people well into their seventies. Only someone over 50 would consider naming Jay Leno their top television personality. The nominations of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell seem to have canceled each other out. Combine the three of them, and DAILY SHOW VETERANS would surely have been #1. At least they displaced Bill O'Reilly, though.
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Jan 29, 2009
Jay Leno? I think that's a bit crazy. Jay would be in a Top 10, but I think some of the other folks would be bigger -- especially in 2008, the year of the Presidential Election. Could someone say either Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
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Jan 29, 2009
At first glance this seemed so ridiculous, but then thinking about it there really isn't a single person who is both as popular and talented as him. Most TV shows right now are ensemble deals.
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