Oprah, Katie, Jen: TV's Favorite Fems
Oprah Winfrey has rebounded in the eyes of American viewers.
According to a new Harris Poll surveying Americans on their favorite TV stars of 2002, the daytime talk queen and full-time media mogul, 49, is once again No. 1, after having earned that title in 1998 and 2000. In 2001, she slipped to No. 3, behind Drew Carey and Regis Philbin — neither of which even made this year’s Top 10.
After Oprah, and in order, came: Ray Romano, David Letterman, Katie Couric, Bill O’Reilly, Jennifer Aniston, Dr. Phil McGraw, Tom Brokaw, Jay Leno and Dan Rather.
The poll surveyed 2,201 adults across the country from Jan. 21-27, the New York Post reports.
Romano, 45, climbed to the second spot from his former fifth-place perch. Letterman, 55, rose from fourth to third, and Couric, 46, leapt from No. 9 to No. 4.
Besides Carey and Philbin, other stars to fall off the list were Kelsey Grammer (previously No. 8) and Rosie O’Donnell (the former No. 10).
As noted by the Post, Oprah ranks first with women, people older than 40, Hispanics and African-Americans (with whom she actually ties with Bill Cosby, 65).
Although Conan O’Brien, 39, didn’t land in the Top 10, he still ranks No. 1 with those aged 18-24. Aniston, 34, is the fave of those 25-29, replacing that category’s former winner, Letterman.