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The Daily Beast and Trendrr find TV’s MVPs, from ‘Jersey Shore’ to ‘Mad Men’

It’s almost time again for Game of Thrones to take over the watercooler conversation, but does George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world cut it when it comes to Internet hype? The Daily Beast teams up with Trendrr to crunch the numbers to find TV’s Top 15 Social-Media MVPs.

The Internet chatter around the April 1 season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones has been fierce, but how does it stack up to other eagerly anticipated shows, like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and American Idol?

The Daily Beast partnered with social-media tracking firm Trendrr to find which shows with season or series premieres since 2011 lived up to the buzz and hype.

For our final ranking, we took into account Trendrr’s overall social-media score for each show across Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue, and Miso—for the day of each show’s season premiere and the day of the following episode, to see if the social-media hype continued past the premiere. The television shows with the top 15 scores for the premiere and the next episode made our MVP list.

One final note: for each program across these social-media platforms Trendrr counts not simply mentions of the show’s name, for instance, “Jersey Shore,” but also other key terms, like “Gym Tan Laundry,” or “Snooki.” For each program, Trendrr looks at from 20 to 50 relevant phrases.

-Clark Merrefield

CBS

15. <em>How I Met Your Mother</em>

Premiere Episode
September 19, 2011
CBS

Total activity (mentions including relevant phrases across all platforms):
122,690

Twitter (mentions including relevant phrases on Twitter):
55,075

Facebook (mentions including relevant phrases on Facebook):
56,431

GetGlue (mentions including relevant phrases on GetGlue):
9,862

Miso (mentions including relevant phrases on Miso):
1,322

Following episode

Total activity: 75,348
Twitter: 18,170
Facebook: 49,200
GetGlue: 6,924
Miso: 1,054

ABC

14. <em>Modern Family</em>

Premiere Episode
September 27, 2011
ABC

Total activity: 125,368
Twitter: 53,114
Facebook: 54,377
GetGlue: 17,083
Miso: 794

Following Episode

Total activity: 67,619
Twitter: 21,743
Facebook: 26,602
GetGlue: 18,705
Miso: 569

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13. <em>Beavis and Butthead</em>

Premiere Episode
October 27, 2011
MTV

Total activity: 132,902
Twitter: 100,572
Facebook: 24,078
GetGlue: 8,005
Miso: 247

Following Episode

Total activity: 69,196
Twitter: 27,399
Facebook: 37,908
GetGlue: 3,785
Miso: 104

CBS

12. <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>

Premiere Episode
September 22, 2011
CBS

Total activity: 139,691
Twitter: 49,356
Facebook: 56,310
GetGlue: 32,567
Miso: 1,458

Following Episode

Total activity: 98,873
Twitter: 18,294
Facebook: 57,144
GetGlue: 23,280
Miso: 155

11. <em>Basketball Wives</em>

Premiere Episode
February 20, 2012
VH1

Total activity: 148,350
Twitter: 138,668
Facebook: 7,811
GetGlue: 1,854
Miso: 17

Following Episode

Total activity: 105,560
Twitter: 100,842
Facebook: 3,715
GetGlue: 996
Miso: 7

CBS

10. <em>Two and a Half Men</em>

Premiere Episode
September 19, 2011
CBS

Total activity: 212,968
Twitter: 130,647
Facebook: 70,760
GetGlue: 10,733
Miso: 828

Following Episode

Total activity: 76,585
Twitter: 22,350
Facebook: 48,928
GetGlue: 4,879
Miso: 428

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9. <em>Dancing With the Stars</em>

Premiere Episode
September 19, 2011
ABC

Total activity: 238,992
Twitter: 136,676
Facebook: 82,369
GetGlue: 19,815
Miso: 132

Following Episode

Total activity: 93,987
Twitter: 74,940
Facebook: 10,301
GetGlue: 8,659
Miso: 87

Michael Yarish / AMC

8. <em>Mad Men</em>

Premiere Episode
March 25, 2012
AMC

Total activity: 243,258
Twitter: 181,189
Facebook
: 16,142
GetGlue
: 45,370
Miso
: 557

Following Episode

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7. <em>The Voice</em>

Premiere Episode
February 5, 2012
NBC

Total activity: 304,877
Twitter: 241,318
Facebook: 14,896
GetGlue: 48,389
Miso: 274

Following Episode

Total activity: 321,224
Twitter: 251,429
Facebook: 41,404
GetGlue: 28,040
Miso: 351

Andrew Eccles / ABC Family

6. <em>Pretty Little Liars</em>

Premiere Episode
June 14, 2011
ABC Family

Total activity: 316,313
Twitter: 299,146
Facebook: 8,526
GetGlue: 8,424
Miso: 217

Following Episode

Total activity: 110,566
Twitter: 100,442
Facebook: 3,139
GetGlue: 6,833
Miso: 152

Gene Page / AMC

5. <em>The Walking Dead</em>

Premiere Episode
October 16, 2011
AMC

Total activity: 345,075
Twitter: 165,014
Facebook: 135,588
GetGlue: 42,931
Miso: 1,542

Following Episode

Total activity: 365,010
Twitter: 163,207
Facebook: 170,282
GetGlue: 30,304
Miso: 1,217

Fox

4. <em>Glee</em>

Premiere Episode
September 20, 2011
Fox

Total activity: 368,515
Twitter
: 292,308
Facebook
: 48,349
GetGlue
: 27,068
Miso
: 790

Following Episode

Total activity: 190,836
Twitter
: 134,293
Facebook
: 35,189
GetGlue: 20,788
Miso: 566

3. <em>Bad Girls Club</em>

Premiere Episode
January 23, 2012
Oxygen

Total activity: 423,550
Twitter: 393,258
Facebook: 21,412
GetGlue: 8,865
Miso: 15

Following Episode

Total activity: 237,219
Twitter: 230,745
Facebook: 4,693
GetGlue: 1,771
Miso: 10

Aaron M. Sprecher / FOX

2. <em>American Idol</em>

Premiere Episode
January 18, 2012
Fox

Total activity: 483,012
Twitter: 392,286
Facebook: 30,007
GetGlue: 60,560
Miso: 159

Following Episode

Total activity: 105,467
Twitter: 74,905
Facebook: 25,966
GetGlue: 4,484
Miso: 112

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1. <em>Jersey Shore</em>

Premiere Episode
January 5, 2012
MTV

Total activity: 784,893
Twitter: 733,192
Facebook: 45,756
GetGlue: 5,744
Miso: 201

Following Episode

Total activity: 311,785
Twitter: 276,307
Facebook: 31,948
GetGlue: 3,421
Miso: 109