The Charts: The Walking Dead Walks Tall in the Charts Again

By | October 23, 2014

the-walking-dead-s5In the second week of its fifth season, The Walking Dead continued to dominate in the charts as expected.  It topped the cable charts for total viewers and the General Sentiment charts tracking social network activity, and it slipped one notch in the Nielsen Twitter Ratings to the Number 2 slot.  And even a repeat of the season premiere which aired right before the show’s second episode landed in the Cable Top 25 at the Number 16 slot.  We can expect this one to hold at these levels throughout the rest of its fifth season and likely beyond.  Nipping at TWD‘s heals is FX’s The American Horror Story which came in not far behind that series on all the same charts.  Across the other charts, Once Upon A Time and Gotham remained in the broadcast network Top 25 based on the ratings, though that latter series is slipping closer to the edge of the list.  And Person of Interest remained in the broadcast net Top 25 based on total viewers, though also towards the bottom of that list.  Most of the same suspects showed up on the General Sentiment charts, though with their order shuffled.  The Originals dropped out of the GS chart tracking the broadcast net shows for the week, it was at Number 23 last week.  And Doctor Who dropped out of the GS cable list which is somewhat surprising because that one has been close to the top most weeks.  Maybe I missed a memo and the show ran a repeat for the week.   

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of October 13th thru 19th:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 2 1 Down
American Horror Story FX 3 2 Down
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Once Upon A Time ABC 15 13 Down 2.7 2.7
Gotham FOX 23 19 Down 2.4 2.5
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Person of Interest CBS 22 21 Down 9.7 9.6
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same 15.1 17.3
The Talking Dead AMC 4 3 Down 5.1 6.9
American Horror Story FX 7 5 Down 4.5 6.1
The Walking Dead (R) 8 PM AMC 16 4 Down 3.5 6.8
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Gotham FOX 5 8 Up
Once Upon A Time ABC 7 7 Same
Vampire Diaries CW 10 13 Up
Supernatural CW 11 3 Down
Agents of SHIELD ABC 12 12 Same
The Flash CW 13 4 Down
Sleepy Hollow FOX 14 16 Up
Arrow CW 20 11 Down
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same
American Horror Story FX 2 2 Same
The Talking Dead AMC 6 7 Up

Nielsen Twitter Ratings ranked based on the Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.  More info at this link.

General Sentiment tracks activity across the social networks for shows airing new episodes in Prime Time (start times between 8:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST Monday – Saturday and 7:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST on Sunday).  This data collected on seven (7) major broadcast networks and 43 cable television networks.  More info at this link.

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