Digital Audience Ratings: #LHHWedding Pops; ‘Ballers’ Trailer Touches Down

Ballers Trailer Dwayne Johnson
Courtesy of HBO

Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind DAR – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – TV
Broadcast Monday May 25, 2015 – Sunday May 31, 2015

1 1 The Voice 14,855
2 2 America’s Got Talent 10,790
3 4 Glee 3,610
4 8 Empire 2,555
5 6 American Idol 2,297
6 9 The Simpsons 2,058
7 5 America’s Funniest Home Videos 1,842
8 3 Dancing With The Stars 1,738
9 7 Supergirl 1,477
10 American Ninja Warrior 1,438

Cable/Streaming Monday May 25, 2015 – Sunday May 31, 2015

1 1 Lip Sync Battle 6,653
2 7 Inside Amy Schumer 5,075
3 4 Pretty Little Liars 4,987
4 2 Game of Thrones 4,304
5 3 Top Gear 3,379
6 6 Key and Peele 2,942
7 9 Dance Moms 1,914
8 Keeping Up With the Kardashians 1,913
9 5 WWE Raw 1,715
10 Love & Hip Hop 1,691

Late Night Monday May 25, 2015 – Sunday May 31, 2015

1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 29,334
2 2 The Late Late Show With James Corden 16,510
3 4 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 11,300
4 5 Conan 8,501
5 Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 5,546

Trending Monday May 25, 2015 – Sunday May 31, 2015

Evil Dead 514 +75,032%
Ballers 903 +2,735%
Almost Royal 166 +2,471%



  • NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” series returned for its seventh season this week. Anticipation for the premiere led fans to watch new and old YouTube videos alike throughout the week, with more than 1.3 million total YouTube views helping the competition series make its debut on the Broadcast leaderboard.
  • Wedding Bells rang this week for “Love & Hip Hop” stars Yandy and Mendeecees, with the show’s social pages providing eager fans coverage of the big day. Updates shared on Facebook helped “Love & Hip Hop” earn more than 1.1 million likes, shares and comments, landing the series on the DAR-TV Cable leaderboard for the first time.
  • HBO released the second trailer for its upcoming series “Ballers,” which has already garnered more than 800k views on YouTube in just four days. The “Ballers” official Facebook page also shared the star Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s Facebook upload, which garnered an additional 22k engagements for the series on Facebook, helping boost the program to second on this week’s trending leaderboard.


Jason Klein is the co-founder and co-CEO of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.


ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) for Television are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all television program pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from programmers and distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific television program are included in the rating.

The Variety weekly leaderboards for television represent the 7-day (Monday – Sunday) sum total of DAR – TV for all episodic programming, in and out of season, from the most popular programmers (Broadcast, Cable, & Streaming Services). Sports, live events, short-form content and other non-episodic programming are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Broadcast and Cable/Streaming Originals leaderboards each surface the respective top ten primetime programs. The Late Night leaderboard surfaces the top five late night / variety genre programs, from across the programming universe. Streaming Originals are considered primetime cable programming.

The Trending Leaderboard surfaces the three programs that tracked the largest relative growth in DAR – TV (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute DAR – TV, from across the programming universe.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the program on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a program’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific program contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile are tracked, while engagements that happen on are not). For YouTube, in addition to any program-specific presence, content related to the program in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

Note: Twitter data has been removed from Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) for Television as of 10/7/2014.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.

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