×

TV Ratings: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Empire’ Top 2015-16 Nielsen Twitter Rankings

The Walking Dead” and “Empire” were the most tweeted about linear TV series of the 2015-16 season, according to Nielsen.

In a post on its company site, the measurement firm detailed the television shows and personalities that had the biggest impact on Twitter throughout the season, which ended May 29. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was the most tweeted about show on cable or broadcast, averaging 435,000 tweets per episode. Fox’s “Empire” was second at 387,000.

“The Walking Dead” was the highest rated scripted show on TV for the season in the 18-49 demo, while “Empire” led all of scripted broadcast television.

On digital streaming services, “Fuller House” led all series with 1.3 million tweets in its first 30 days on the air. Because of Netflix and other streaming services’ tactic of releasing all episodes of a show’s season simultaneously, Nielsen applied different different measurement criteria for their shows than it did to broadcast.

Super Bowl 50 on CBS Feb. 7 was the subject of the most used hashtag for a sports event, #SB50, which was employed 3.7 million times. Rapper Kanye West received the most mentions of any Twitter user in a series episode, with 489,000 mentions during his “Saturday Night Live” appearance Feb. 13.

Among TV specials, the 2016 Grammy Awards on CBS Feb. 15 was No. 1, drawing 7.6 million tweets. ABC’s Academy Awards telecast Feb. 28 was close behind at 7.2 million.

Aside from the Super Bowl, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game April 13 was the most tweeted about sporting event, with 4.6 million tweets. The hashtag associated with the game, #MambaDay, was used 851,000 times.

The Democratic primary debate on CNN Oct. 13 was the most tweeted about of the presidential debates thus far with 2.8 million tweets. CNN’s Republican debate Sept. 16 was No. 2 with 2.5 million tweets.

More TV

  • Friends From College

    'Friends From College' Canceled by Netflix

    Netflix has canceled comedy series “Friends From College” after two seasons. “Friends from College will not return for a third season,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement Monday. “We’re grateful to creators Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco for creating a wise, funny and supremely relatable show. We also want to thank the hard-working crew, [...]

  • Mandy Moore

    Mandy Moore Opens Up About Her Marriage to Ryan Adams: ‘I Was So Sad’

    Mandy Moore opened up about her marriage to Ryan Adams on Monday’s episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. While the interview was taped before the publication of the Feb. 13 New York Times report in which multiple women, including Moore, accuse Adams of sexual misconduct or emotionally abusive behavior, she speaks freely about the “unhealthy dynamic” in [...]

  • Lisa Borders Time's Up

    Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

    Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • Desus Nice The Kid Mero

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 18, 2019: Academy Awards, 'Desus & Mero'

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the Academy Awards air and Desus & Mero make their debut on Showtime. [...]

  • WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01

    BBC Takes Stake in New Company Set Up by ‘Luther,’ ‘Bodyguard’ Exec

    BBC Studios has taken a minority stake in Firebird Pictures, the new drama indie being set up by BBC execs Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Craig Holleworth. Kilgarriff’s credits include “Luther,” “Poldark,” “McMafia” and upcoming Richard Gere-starrer “MotherFatherSon.” She commissioned breakout drama hit “Bodyguard.” Holleworth will be the new company’s COO, having run business and operations for [...]

  • Punisher Jessica Jones

    Marvel's 'The Punisher,' 'Jessica Jones' Canceled at Netflix

    The last of Netflix’s Marvel shows are officially ending. “The Punisher” has been canceled after its second season, and the upcoming third season of “Jessica Jones” will be its last, Netflix confirmed on Monday. The announcement comes after Netflix gave the ax to its other Marvel series: “Daredevil,” “Iron First,” and “Luke Cage.” “Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content