The birdlike folks at Twitter have released a handful of new data pertaining to the upcoming hell-soaked DVR massacre fall TV.
As premiere week draws near, 21 million tweets have been logged so far about fall TV debuts, up 34 percent from last year. Perhaps the first nugget of surprise in the data is that a lofty 90 percent of that conversation revolves solely around returning shows.
This year’s top spot goes to Grey’s Anatomy (which ranked 6th last year) with 2.2 million tweets. For a show entering its 12th season, that’s a pretty astounding feat, likely attributed to the resounding shock from Patrick Dempsey’s exit last spring and its effects on the new season.
Supernatural (2 million), last year’s trump The Walking Dead (1.9 million), The Vampire Diaries (1.6 million), and Once Upon a Time (1.1 million) round out the top five returning shows.
A few soon-to-be-sophomore shows have also demonstrated growth from this time last year. The Flash, Jane the Virgin, and How to Get Away with Murder have drummed up support and made fans shiver with antici…pation as they enter season two.
As for new shows, two of the top three entries belong to Ryan Murphy. Strong returner (and, let’s be honest, not technically “new” show) American Horror Story: Hotel is the top dog with 1.1 million tweets, while Stephen Colbert’s new late-night endeavor and Murphy’s other horror anthology Scream Queens rank second and third, respectively. NBC’s Heroes Reborn and CBS’s Supergirl complete the top ranks.
What’s missing? Empire, for one, although it’s likely that the show will roar back once it debuts; it had the highest average number of tweets (public, in the U.S. only) per new telecast last year with a whopping 1,092,000, which is more than double the activity for runner-up The Walking Dead, which clocked 440,000 average tweets per episode. Similarly, Grey’s and HTGAWM are on the list while Shondaland’s third entry, Scandal, was left off; that show pulled in 291,000 tweets per episode last year.
See the full infographic below.
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