Does that post title sound familiar? Well that’s because you saw it last year right around this time. Super Bowl XLV attracted 111 million viewers last night, besting last year’s viewership of 106.5 million people to become the most-watched program in TV history. In case you were wondering, the M*A*S*H series finale had already been dethroned by Super Bowl XLIV since it attracted a slightly smaller audience in 1983 (106 million). Super Bowl viewership has climbed every year since 2005 and this year’s marks the fourth consecutive “big game” to set a viewership record. And as Deadline points out, last night FOX became the first network to exceed 100 million viewers (100.9 million) for a night of primetime. Impressive stuff.
And how did the post-Super Bowl Glee episode fare in ratings? Compared to previous years, not that great. Glee garnered 26.8 million viewers, significantly less than what the series premiere of Undercover Boss received last year on CBS (38.7 million). However it did manage to best NBC’s The Office from two years ago (22.9 million). Comparisons aside, this was unmistakably the highest rated Glee episode to date and the most watched scripted series since 2005′s post-Bowl House episode (29 million viewers). Taking a look at the big picture, Glee attracted the third largest audience for a post-Super Bowl scripted series in the past twelve years after a 2006 Grey’s Anatomy (37.9 million) and the aforementioned House ep.
Too bad the commercials and half-time show were nothing to call home about. Needless to say, history was made last night…again.
Ah 2010, what a year it has been. What’s the best way to find out what was on everyone’s minds over the course of the past year? By looking at the top Google searches, top Twitter trends, and most watched YouTube videos, duh! The search giant has gone all out this year with their public Google Zeitgeist 2010. What were this year’s hottest search terms? Well, just look in the bar graph above! The creepy video chat service Chatroulette took the top prize as the fastest rising query, and the rest of the list includes celebrities Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Apple’s iPad, game portals Friv and GameZer, ringtone maker Myxer, and social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. Click here to browse the entire Google Zeitgeist report. Search terms are categorized subject matter and region, and Google also put together some snazzy interactive maps to support the data analytics.
Look after the break to learn about the most popular Twitter trends and the most watched YouTube videos of 2010. (Click here for more…)
Typing that post title makes me feel so happy. Anticipation was high before AMC debuted The Walking Dead on Halloween, and creatives Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and special effects artist Greg Nicotero knew they had to perform well enough to at least appease the rabid Dead comics fanbase if they were to succeed in the TV format. They succeeded and then some. 5.3 million people tuned into the series premiere and AMC renewed the show after only two episodes had aired. It was by all means an instant success. The season finale managed to top the premiere numbers across the board and crowned Dead the most watched drama series in basic cable history in the coveted 18-49 demo. Over 6 million viewers tuned into the finale making it the most watched episode of the season–it gained viewers over the course of one month. Not many network freshman dramas can say they did that. More stats: 4 million viewers in the 18-49 demo watched the finale (boom, new record for cable!); and on top of the 6 million viewer total, an additional 2.1 million people watched the finale during its 11PM and 1AM encore airings.
The show looked great (Nicotero’s zombies were fantastic), the writing and acting were impeccable, and I can’t wait for season two to premiere. Though it hasn’t been confirmed, most speculate that it won’t return until Halloween 2011 so it can help promote AMC’s Fearfest week again.
On Sunday Super Bowl XLIV was crowned the most-watched show in U.S. history. Averaging 106.5 million viewers, this year’s Super Bowl dethrones M*A*S*H, the previous record holder that garnered 106 million viewers during its two-hour series finale in 1983. M*A*S*H star Alan Alda has this to say about the loss of such a coveted record: “I’m happy for New Orleans. I want to see that city come out first in every way that it can, even if it means giving up a record that M*A*S*H held for a long time.” With M*A*S*H out of the way, TV viewers and analysts now have Super Bowl XLVI as a new comparison to look at when discussing most-watched television programs.
In related Super Bowl news…want to know which ad people liked most? According to the USA TODAY ad meter, Snickers’ ad with Betty White and Abe Vigoda getting pushed around in the mud playing football earned the top spot. The ad meter panel gave the Snickers commercial a rating of 8.68 out of 10. Lesson learned? People like watching old people playing rough sports. Missed out on the commercials? Check out a bunch of ‘em here.