Last week, "Breaking Bad" debuted on our chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue thanks to an AMC marathon of is previous season premiere. This week, its fifth-season premiere shattered its own ratings record and its check-ins more than doubled. Scroll down below the graphic for more notes and context.
- It's no secret that genre shows perform exceptionally well on GetGlue, so it should come as little surprise that the geekiest event of the year should make a huge impact on the TV check-ins chart via the geekiest TV network on cable. G4's live coverage of Comic-Con 2012 -- the annual San Diego gathering of pop culture heavyweights and their legions of costumed fans -- drew enough check-ins to earn it the plush No. 2 spot on the chart.
- After debuting on the chart last week thanks to mini-marathons on its home network, AMC's "Breaking Bad" appears for a second time this week with more than double the number of check-ins, thanks to its fifth (and final) season premiere Sunday night. It was the series' most-watched episode ever, with 3.5 million viewers tuning in for the night. This is no small victory, considering Dish still isn't carrying AMC thanks to an ongoing beef with parent company AMC Networks. AMC did offer Dish subscribers the ability to stream the episode as it premiered, which, while not impacting ratings , probably helped drive some check-ins.
- Though the CW's "Nikita" has dropped on the chart in recent weeks after a dynastic reign atop the chart, its gruffer but no less popular sibling "Supernatural" has held steady, bobbing up and down the chart for the past 24 weeks without dropping off. In fact, in the history of the chart, "Supernatural" has only not appeared a handful of times, and only during weeks it didn't air an episode. The quirky genre show, which is approaching its eighth season, chronicles a pair of demon-hunter brothers on their house calls and various end-of -the-world adventures. It has outlived the expectations of even its creators -- several of whom have since departed the project, as the show was originally conceived with a five-season storyline. We don't always acknowledge this sleeper hit, but it is remarkable social TV success story nonetheless.