Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Spectre’ Trailer Tops Engagement, ‘Hunger Games’ Brings the Buzz

Most Anticipated Movies of 2015
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Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film
Weekly Top 5 Wednesday July 22, 2015 – Tuesday July 28, 2015

1 Spectre 15,668
2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 10,651
3 The Good Dinosaur 7,274
4 1 Suicide Squad 5,735
5 Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation 4,647

First time on the chart
Pinnacle Rank

Trending Wednesday July 22, 2015 – Tuesday July 28, 2015

A Lego Brickumentary 359 +16,774%
Before We Go 401 +5,238%
Freeheld 74 +4,757%



  • “Spectre” shook-up the DAR-Film leaderboard with nearly 16 million engagements thanks to Bond fans around the world. A new trailer was launched less than 24 hours following the announcement of international and domestic release dates, allowing initial announcement buzz to translate to viewership. With film stills released later in the week, “Spectre” was top of mind all week long.
  • The combination of an early trailer preview at VidCon and a full digital rollout propelled “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” to rank as the second most engaged with film of the week. “The Hunger Games” led Twitter engagement this week with both VidCon attendees and influencers buzzing, but was edged out by “Spectre” on YouTube, this week’s leader.
  • “A Lego Brickumentary” topped the trending list this week after a mystery momentum surge. Although the film’s official trailer was initially released in May, viewership nearly doubled over the past week as release approaches on Friday.


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) – Film are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, 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 film 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 distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific film are included in the rating.

The Variety Weekly Top 5 and Trending leaderboards for film represent the 7-day (Wednesday – Tuesday) sum total of DAR for all US Domestic Films that have been publicly announced and slated for a commercial theatrical release. Films are rated daily from initial public announcement through 4 weeks post home entertainment street date. Festival films and other films not slated for a commercial theatrical release are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Trending leaderboard surfaces the three films that tracked the largest relative growth in DAR (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute DAR.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the film on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a film’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 film 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 film-specific presence, content related to the film in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.

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