In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, "The Big Bang" theory threatened a multi-week streak at the top as its season premiere loomed. But this week, Showtime's season premieres proved a greater social force than expected. Scroll down below the graphic for more notes and context.
- Showtime's bloody crime drama "Dexter" came back from hiatus with vengeance this past week, slaughtering all competition on the GetGlue chart and helping to set ratings records for the premium cable network. More than 3 million people tuned in to catch the seventh season premiere of the hit show, combining with a 60% increase over last year's debut for sophomore Emmy powerhouse "Homeland" for Showtime's biggest Sunday night ever. "Dexter" also managed almost twice as many check-ins as last week's No. 1, "The Big Bang Theory." Not too shabby for a quirky, aging show about a psychopathic yet likable serial killer/detective.
- Speaking of "Big Bang," this week brought good news and not-so-bad news for the ever-popular CBS sitcom, which just kicked off its sixth season. The good news: it managed 20,000 more check-ins this week over last week, not to mention wrangling the biggest 18-49 audience yet for "Big Bang" season premiere, with a total of 15 million viewers tuning in. The not-so-bad news: it still dropped three places on the check-in chart, thanks to an increasingly crowded TV schedule packed with the kind of cerebral genre shows that always perform disproportionately well in social media.
- Let's go back to Sunday-night season premieres, however, because they cumulatively dominated the rest of the chart this week. ABC's returning fantasy drama "Once Upon A Time " dealt a heavy blow to the competition with 11 million viewers and teed up the second season of the soapy "Revenge," which posted its best ratings ever in adults 18-34 and women 18-34 (crowds decidedly friendly to social TV). Finally, don't forget about "Family Guy," which despite ubiquitous reruns and no discernible episode-to-episode story arc, managed to clock an impressive 37,000 check-ins and 6.5 million viewers overall. (Add that to the pile of great news this week for "Family Guy"'s multitalented creator Seth MacFarlane, who was just confirmed as the host of next year's Academy Awards after a well-received hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live" last month.)