In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, fans of "Nikita" bumped "The Big Bang Theory" from its usual No. 1 spot. This week, The CW drama triumphs again, despite being in reruns.
A few notes:
- "Nikita" fans aren't just waiting for the show to return with new episodes in the new year. The CW began airing reruns on Friday nights -- rewinding to the start of Season 2 -- a couple of weeks ago, and clearly once is never enough for hard-core fans of the dark espionage drama. We'll find out if the check-in supremacy of "Nikita" this and last week reflects new fans being brought into the fold when "Pale Fire," the next fresh episode, airs on Jan. 6.
- It's worth reiterating that "Nikita" has relatively weak social-media competition in its 8 p.m. Eastern time slot, given that it's up against the likes of "Chuck" on NBC and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC. Provocative, convoluted dramas have dominated our weekly chart throughout the fall, and whether an episode is first-run or a rerun doesn't necessarily matter.
- The horror-comedy genre remains strong in our chart, with FX's "American Horror Story" taking No. 3 and Fox's "Glee" in No. 5. (I'm not sure which show is funnier and which is more horrific; I sort of wish they'd merge into "American Glee Horror.")
- The two-part miniseries of Stephen King's "Bag of Bones" did well for A&E. Part 1, which aired on Sunday the 11th, took the No. 3 spot in last week's chart. As James Hibberd of EW.com reports, it was the most-watched program on cable that night, with 3.4 million viewers. GetGlue check-ins fell for Part 2 on Monday the 12th. The "Bag of Bones" closer drops three places, to No. 6, in this week's chart, so it's not surprising that the ratings dipped as well, to an even 3 million viewers. Still, as Hibberd points out, "it's the best-performing miniseries since A&E's own 'Andromeda Strain' in 2008."
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.