This Fall’s New TV Shows: The Winners and Losers on Social Media
Social media activity and TV ratings have so far only been proven to have “casual” relationship, which, like a casual romantic relationship, sort of means they sleep together but aren’t exclusive. But what role does social activity play in predicting which shows will live long lives, and which are destined for the TV graveyard?
The answer will become clearer as TV ratings for returning and new fall shows begin to trickle out, following a slew of premieres next week. For now, here’s what one social media data cruncher, ViralHeat, predicts will happen:
A graphic from Viralheat shows the most and least anticipated new series of the fall, based on a sample of social media data.
Based on figures gathered during one week in August, the company narrowed down the field of winners and losers to six shows, with CW’s The Flash, Fox’s Gotham and NBC’s Constantine among the former group and CBS’s Scorpion joining ABC comedies Black-ish and Manhattan Love Story in the group of not-so-positive chatter. ViralHeat’s predictions were based on several factors, including Twitter conversation and the number of Facebook likes on the show’s official page.
Curious how this data would change in a larger span of time and with wider parameters, Mashable asked ViralHeat to examine an entire month of social action, and narrow it down to the 10 shows that saw the most general activity. The result? Still good news for comic-book-based shows:
A graphic that shows the new fall TV shows that are dominating the social media conversation.
For comparison’s sake, here’s the top ten most-talked-about TV shows — new and returning — in that same time period:
A graphic that shows the 10 shows getting the most social media activity, according to ViralHeat.
The aforementioned trio of super shows still cracked the top five, while Scorpion raised itself from the bottom to the fourth most-talked-about show in the period between Aug. 10 and Sept. 10. NBC’s A to Z, starring Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother alum Cristin Milioti, also climbed into the top 5.
Fall TV premieres launched this month, with New Girl and The Mindy Project kicking off the deluge of fresh programming on Tuesday night. Check out more dates, below, in an importable calendar:
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