The Charts: As Expected, Game of Thrones Reigns High on the Charts with its Return

By | April 17, 2015

game-of-thrones-season-5HBO’s Game of Thrones had its Season 5 debut on Sunday and not only did it pull record ratings for the broadcast, it also topped almost all the the charts that it appeared on for the week of April 6th to 13th.  It was the Number 1 most watched show on cable for the the week and it topped the General Sentiment chart that tracks social network activity for cable shows.  And it almost topped the Nielsen Twitter Ratings for the week, coming in at the Number 2 slot.  And if you were to put together a combined chart for the cable channels and the broadcast networks based on the ratings in the 18-49 demo, GoT would come in at Number 2 on that list behind only the NCAA Basketball Championship.  So Game of Thrones has returned strong and I expect it to continue to perform well throughout the rest of its fifth season (and it was already renewed through a sixth season last year).  There’s not much other activity on the charts because of the preponderance of repeats and preemptions for the broadcast nets the last couple of weeks.  Of interest, though, the 12 Monkeys season finale managed to place at Number 5 in the Daily Nielsen Twitter Ratings for Friday even though it did not make it into the General Sentiment chart for the week.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of April 6th thru 12th:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Game of Thrones HBO 2 n/a Up
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Rating Prior Week
Once Upon A Time ABC 25 n/a Up 1.6 n/a
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Person of Interest CBS 18 n/a Up 8.7 n/a
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
Game of Thrones HBO 1 n/a Up 8.0 n/a
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Once Upon A Time ABC 7 n/a Up
Agents of SHIELD ABC 8 9 Up
Forever ABC 15 17 Up
Person of Interest CBS 25 n/a Up
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Game of Thrones HBO 1 n/a Up
Outlander STARZ 20 20 Same
Prior Week Live+3:
Broadcast Networks Top 25 Live+3 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Rating Prior Week
Agents of SHIELD ABC 25 23 Down 2.2 2.4
Broadcast Networks Top 25 Live+3 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
No Genre Entries
Cable Networks Top 25 Live+3 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Rating Prior Week
No Genre Entries
Cable Networks Top 25 Live+3 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
No Genre Entries

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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