Digital Audience Ratings: ‘The Big Bang’ Salutes Nimoy

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 Mar 2, 2015 – Sunday Mar 8, 2015

1 1 The Voice 29,632
2 2 Glee 8,870
3 3 Empire 7,848
4 4 America’s Got Talent 4,351
5 5 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,644
6 7 The Big Bang Theory 1,578
7 10 The Simpsons 1,431
8 9 American Idol 1,232
9 Dancing With The Stars 1,137
10 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1,122

Cable/Streaming Monday Mar 2, 2015 – Sunday Mar 8, 2015

1 4 Pretty Little Liars 4,662
2 6 The Walking Dead 4,523
3 3 Top Gear 3,979
4 5 Key and Peele 3,351
5 1 Game of Thrones 2,498
6 9 Dance Moms 1,938
7 WWE Raw 1,805
8 Bring It! 1,685
9 The Fosters 1,567
10 Beyond Scared Straight 1,413

Late Night Monday Mar 2, 2015 – Sunday Mar 8, 2015

1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 47,527
2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live 17,511
3 3 Conan 13,059
4 4 Saturday Night Live 9,481
5 5 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 6,171

Trending Monday Mar 2, 2015 – Sunday Mar 8, 2015

One Big Happy 998 +6,621%
Veep 728 +3,890%
Luther 482 +3,447%



  • Following the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor behind “Star Trek’s” Mr. Spock, CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” shared a tribute to him on air and online. Nimoy and TBBT fans liked, shared and commented on the Facebook post, landing the sitcom at number six on this week’s Broadcast leaderboard.
  • The building storyline around characters Jude and Conner of ABC Family’s “The Fosters” reached a pinnacle point this week, with a long-awaited kiss between the two young boys, and the show’s rank among the top 10 Cable/Streaming shows. Fans flocked to YouTube to re-watch and discuss a clip of the kiss, and visited Facebook to preview how the story will continue in next week’s episode.
  • Comedies, both old and new, led this week’s Trending leaderboard thanks to trailer releases for upcoming seasons. “Veep” will return for season four this April, while NBC’s new family comedy “One Big Happy” will debut its first season next week, and is getting fans ready with a slew of YouTube activity.


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.


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

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 facebook.com/LouieFX are tracked, while engagements that happen on facebook.com/FX 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.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.

More TV

  • Lorraine Toussaint

    Queen Latifah's 'Equalizer' Reboot Pilot at CBS Casts Lorraine Toussaint

    Lorraine Toussaint has joined the CBS’ reboot pilot for “The Equalizer,” Variety has learned. She joins previously announced series lead Queen Latifah and recently announced cast member Liza Lapira. In the reimagined version, Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Toussaint [...]

  • Ben Schnetzer

    'Y: The Last Man' Series at FX Casts Ben Schnetzer as Yorick

    Ben Schnetzer has stepped into the role of Yorick Brown in FX’s upcoming “Y: The Last Man” series, Variety has learned. He takes over the role from Barry Keoghan, who exited the series at the beginning of this month. The show is based on Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s award-winning DC Comics graphic novel series [...]

  • Herb Dorfman Obit Dead

    Herb Dorfman, Orion Pictures Home Video Executive, Dies at 77

    Herb Dorfman, former Orion Pictures executive and a home video industry veteran, died Feb. 25 of complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He was 77. Dorfman served as head of home entertainment for Orion Pictures from 1987 to late 1996. Orion was a prosperous independent studio in those days that turned out a steady stream [...]

  • Black Panther

    What's Coming to Disney Plus in March 2020

    Disney Plus will continue to expand its library next month, adding older films as well as new television shows, releasing as both weekly episodes and entire seasons. After streaming on Netflix for over a year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is making its way to Disney Plus, leaving just “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” [...]

  • Bob Chapek

    What Disney's Theme Parks Reveal About New CEO Bob Chapek

    Theme parks and resorts aren’t likely top of mind for the industry set when they think of Disney. But in light of the recent (and very swift) appointment of parks and consumer products head Bob Chapek to succeed Bob Iger as Disney CEO, Chapek’s recent interviews at the parks offer a few insights about the [...]

  • LOVE IS BLIND Lauren and Cameron

    Are Lauren and Cameron From 'Love Is Blind' Still Together?

    The finale to Netflix’s “Love is Blind” has been revealed, unleashing an emotional wave of broken hearts and shattered engagements across the the internet. Warning — “Love is Blind” finale spoilers below. After several on-the-altar dismissals and full on “the wedding is canceled” speeches, it was contestants Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton, who salvaged most [...]

  • Hawaii Five-O Oahu Hawaii

    'Hawaii Five-0' to End After Current Season on CBS

    The CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” will end after its current and tenth season. The series will air a two-hour finale on April 3. Upon its conclusion, it will have aired 240 episodes, just shy of the 279 episodes of the original 1968 series. “It’s never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content