American Music Awards Make a Splash on the TV Check-Ins Chart

The GetGlue Top 10, Nov. 12-18

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In our last chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, we noted the series that were earning a consistent spot in social TV's upper ranks. This week, many of those shows maintained their positions -- but with fewer check-ins nearly across the board. Scroll down below the chart for more notes and context.

  • Sunday night's American Music Awards may have inspired nearly 29,000 check-ins on GetGlue, but its ratings headed decisively in the wrong direction. Nielsen reports the three-hour ceremony earned almost a full ratings point less than it did last year, making it the lowest telecast in the awards show's 40-year history. Still, it delivered on the kind of spectacle that awards shows strive for and, not coincidentally, helps drive social buzz. Performances from the likes of Pink, Carrie Underwood and Christina Aguilera managed to stir up plenty of chatter -- as did erratic acceptance speeches by winners like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.
  • As we noted last time around, the check-ins chart has largely settled into some pretty clear patterns for the season. This week, the top ten biggest check-in earners managed to draw some 60,000 fewer check-ins than last week and the week before. So, as fall's most social shows earn their consistent spots on the chart, it's clear that the users are slacking when it comes to checking in on GetGlue. This may continue until midseason premieres give fans fresh energy and renew their urge to share.
  • In case you missed it, GetGlue is getting a new owner. Social TV startup Viggle said Monday that it plans to acquire GetGlue, whose platform and brand it will continue to operate, for $25 million in cash and 48.3 million shares of stock. Expect further consolidation in the social TV space ahead as players try to turn rising social interaction into dependable bottom-line businesses.