In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, ABC made a solid showing with some high-profile finales. This week, with a few exceptions such as the surprisingly persistent "Nikita," cable shows crowded check-ins. Scroll down below the graphic for more notes and context.
- Against logic but following precedent, the CW's "Nikita" tightened its grip on the top spot this week with 6,000 more check-ins than last week. For a show that has been in reruns for weeks now and has seen a proportionate decline in check-ins, this week's uptick was unexpected -- especially considering other social TV favorites are still airing season finales, and summer premieres are stealing eyeballs.
- Though it failed to supplant the top-spot squatter, "Game of Thrones" rose on the chart as predicted with 2,000 more check-ins this week, thanks to its season finale Sunday night. It also showed ratings gains over its previous season finale, with 4.2 million viewers in the first showing, compared with last year's 3.9 million, and even bested Fox's broadcast programming in its timeslot.
- Who knew cable Westerns and social TV would be so compatible? Turns out History's landmark miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" wasn't just a ratings smash but a social TV hit as well. The series debuted at a solid No. 4 on the check-in chart as it attracted a staggering average of 13.8 million viewers over its three-night run. Some 4.6 million of those were square in the 18-49 demo, an average that makes it the highest-rated miniseries or movie on cable for that audience since 1998, Nielsen said. Meanwhile, A&E debuted "Longmire," another Western series that didn't make a huge ratings splash but did manage to secure the No. 7 spot on the chart.
- Two MTV shows appeared on GetGlue's chart this week. The annual MTV Movie Awards -- which manage to tap the enormous market of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" fans by lobbing a gratuitous number awards at its broody stars -- and the much-buzzed-about premiere of the second season of "Teen Wolf." Despite engaged audiences, both shows saw ratings declines over last year, particularly the Movie Awards.