If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or The Bachelor, it’s likely that you do your fair share of tweeting while you watch your favorite show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both shows top the list of the most tweeted shows ever, with The Walking Dead taking first place, and the Bachelor taking a respectable second place.
A study done by Nielsen and Twitter revealed which shows made Twitter history between September 1 and May 24 of this year. AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead had a season average of 4.3 million tweets. ABC’s popular reality show, The Bachelor pulled in 3.6 million tweets, with host Chris Harrison doing his fair share of tweeting during the show. Coming in third and fourth place are American Horror Story: Freak Show with 2.8 million, and Fox’s popular series, Empire with 2.6 million.
Even more impressive? WetPaint reports that during Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor, fans of the show sent out an average of 32 million tweets on Twitter every time an episode aired. There is no doubt that the current season of the Bachelorette will come close, or beat that number — Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season is only entering its fourth week and it’s already very controversial.
What other shows or specials create a tweeting frenzy when they air? Here are some highlights of the survey, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.
The Grammys on CBS had a Twitter TV audience of 13.3 million people viewing 13.4 million tweets, followed by the Oscars (13 million), and the Golden Globes (10.4 million).
Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special is the television episode that hold the record for the biggest Twitter audience. (9.1 million viewing 1.3 million total tweets).
It won’t come as a surprise to find out the Super Bowl was ranked the biggest television event of the year on Twitter. A total of of 25.1 million tweets were sent about the New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.
The runner-up in sports-related tweets was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight — there were 5.8 million tweets on Twitter on the night of the fight in Las Vegas.
Twitter has been around since 2006, but over the years, it has become the most popular way to connect during big television events. Tweets aren’t always complimentary, but when it comes to popular shows like The Walking Dead and the Bachelor, they are almost always entertaining.
Do you tweet during your favorite TV shows or special events, or do you stay off line and enjoy the show?