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We are looking at Nielsen’s social content ratings of the week of May 13 to 19 in order to get a good sense of which social platforms are the best tool to engage with viewers and to learn where audiences are, what they’re watching, and what they’re saying.

 

On Sunday night, Game of Thrones set an HBO ratings record as 19.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the series’ final episode in the U.S. After 9 years since season 1, fans all over the world watched the ending of the TV show that some say ushered the new Golden Age of television.

HBO reaches fans at home through HBO and HBO Latino, as well as through its OTT Streaming Service HBO Go. It has inspired Netflix, Apple, and Amazon to look for “their own Game of Thrones” show, with mixed results. Even HBO has ensured dollars keep coming in and has planned up to five spin-off shows.

Most Game of Thrones viewers are millennials, as research shows. The show is a great case study in marketing for this generation, as it has managed to build a powerful brand via strong community building, strategic content marketing, and appropriate use of channels and resources.

Interestingly, most interactions about Game of Thrones happen on Twitter, and this is directly related to the fact that most Twitter users are millennials. Data shows 80% of Twitter users are millennials; in fact, a study about online behavior shows, together with Facebook, it’s one of the only social networks that have survived from the list of platforms they used 10 years ago.

According to Nielsen’s Weekly Social ratings, Game of Thrones has been on the top three shows with most interactions on social media since the 8th season started. The series finale generated 7.4 million interactions, and 7.2 million took place on Twitter. This accounts for 32% of interactions about the top 10 TV episodes of the week.

When we look at the rest of the shows on the top 10, we find that most interactions happen on Instagram. On spots two and three respectively, American Idol generated 4.5 million interactions (80% on Instagram) and the NBA Draft Lottery generated 2.8 million (64% on Instagram).

See the rest of the top 10 shows of the week below.

RANKNETWORK / PROGRAM / DATEINTERACTIONS
(000)
FacebookInstagramTwitter
1HBO

Game of Thrones

5/19/19

7,401531157,232
2ABC

American Idol

5/19/19

4,5155383,656321
3ESPN

2019 NBA Draft Lottery

5/14/19

2,8581241,809925
4CBS

The Big Bang Theory

5/16/19

1,8072131,379214
5CBS

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

5/15/19

1,58585821,418
6USA Network

WWE Monday Night RAW

5/13/19

1,373731,076224
7ABC

Grey’s Anatomy

5/16/19

1,0945896372
8CBS

Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell

5/16/19

1,0854894196
9USA Network

WWE SmackDown!

5/14/19

88246704131
10The CW

Riverdale

5/15/19

7925476311

What: A summary of the most relevant consumer insight research in the U.S., U.S. Hispanic, and Latin American markets.
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  • According to Viant’s people-based platform, which consists of more than 250 million registered users, Game of Thrones fans’ liquor preferences have changed since 2017. Namely, they’re 11% less likely to buy Bacardi, 12.8% less likely to buy Johnnie Walker, 6.2% less likely to buy Grey Goose and 2.8% less likely to buy Absolut. These days, GoT viewers are 21% more likely to buy Jameson, 19% more likely to buy Tito’s and 14% more likely to buy Malibu compared to non-viewers of the show.

 

  • Media agency UM has released the results of its 10th “Wave” study, which tracked more than 56,000 active internet users across 81 countries, evaluating trust in social media. Only 8% of internet users believe that the bulk of information shared on social media is true, dropping to 4% when it comes from influencers. According to 12% of global respondents, even governments are more trustworthy than most celebrity influencers (in the U.S. this number falls to 6%).

 

  • According to a study by DoSomething Strategic, which surveyed 1,908 DoSomething.org members ages 13–25 about their awareness of 88 retail and consumer brands’ support of social causes, platforms and issues, 66% of young consumers say that a brand’s association with a social cause positively influences their overall impression of the brand, and 58% say this association will affect their likelihood of purchasing that brand. However, an average of just 12% of respondents had “top of mind” associations between brands they were familiar with and a social cause of platform.

 

  • A new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) study shows that almost one-third (31%) of U.S. homes now own a smart speaker, up from 8% three years ago. Smart appliances (light bulbs, thermostats, home security, cameras, and robotic vacuums) are owned by 17% of the households. CTA projects that smart home devices will see the largest gains in household adoption next year. In wearables, smartwatch adoption grew 5% to reach 23% of households and fitness trackers grew 4% to reach 29% of U.S. households.

 

  • According to a new Pew Research Center survey, most U.S. adults (66%) are satisfied with the racial mix in their area. A majority (54%) says children should go to local schools, even if that results in most schools being less diverse. Fewer (42%) say children should go to schools that are racially and ethnically mixed, even if that means some students go to school outside of their local community.

 

  • A recent Nielsen survey of over 20,000 consumers shows that buying local has high awareness among U.S. consumers, topping the charts at 46%. However, not all consumers agree on what “local” means. Nielsen found that the highest agreement for a definition was for shelf-stable goods, with 34% of respondents saying products in this category can be local as long as they come from within the U.S. When asked about which products consumers really care about buying local, produce tops the list, as 58% of respondents said that buying local produce is important to them. The majority of consumers also say local is important when it comes to bakery, eggs and food service.