Once again, The Harris Poll has asked U.S. adults "Who is your favorite TV personality?" and for the fifth year in a row, Oprah Winfrey
lands in the number-one position as America's favorite television personality. Jon Stewart
is in second place for the second year, while Bill O'Reilly
moves up one notch to third place.
Next is a newcomer to the list -- Hugh Laurie
(star of the television show House
), who debuts in fourth place, while veteran late night host David Letterman
drops from number three to fifth place. Letterman's rival, Jay Leno
, is number six on the list (dropping from 2005 when he was tied for fourth place).
Besides Hugh Laurie, there are two other new TV personalities who make it into the top 10 list, one for the first time and one from previous years. Ray Romano
returns at number seven while 24's Kiefer Sutherland
, who plays Jack Bauer on that show, makes his debut on the list, tied for eighth place. Rounding out the top 10 are two repeats -- Ellen DeGeneres
and Conan O'Brien
, who are also tied for eighth place on this list. DeGeneres dropped from number six while O'Brien dropped from number seven.
These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 1,162 U.S. adults surveyed online between December 12 and 18, 2006 by Harris Interactive.