Grandpa Hates His Nest Learning Thermostat (Watch the Newest Ads on TV)

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Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new and trending TV commercials tracked by, a company that catalogs, tags and measures activity around TV ads in real time. The New Releases here ran on TV for the first time yesterday. The Most Engaging ads are showing sustained social heat, ranked by SpotShare scores reflecting the percent of digital activity associated with each one over the past week. See the methodology here.

Among the new releases, Anthony Anderson and Melissa Joan Hart explain how to, respectively, prepare a Thanksgiving meal and take a proper nap (either before or after the Thanksgiving meal) for Walmart, while Honda brings an ad starring Gumby and Pokey to national TV (it debuted on YouTube on Nov. 10). And Nest, the maker of high-tech thermostats, presents its anti-spokesman: a cranky grandfather who distrusts such "gizmos." (Ad Age's Mark Bergen talked about the campaign with Nest marketing head Doug Sweeny here.)

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Top new ads recently aired on national TV
Honda: Gumby (feat. Pokey) Honda: Gumby (feat. Pokey)
Network: FOX
Show: Gotham
Primetime Airing: Nov. 17, 8:08 pm ET
Audi: Santa Audi: Santa
Network: Food Network
Show: Mystery Diners
Primetime Airing: Nov. 17, 9:37 pm ET
Walmart: Meal Walmart: Meal
Network: NBC
Show: The Voice
Primetime Airing: Nov. 17, 8:50 pm ET
Crown Royal: Cider Press Crown Royal: Cider Press
Network: VH1
Show: Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Primetime Airing: Nov. 17, 8:55 pm ET
Nest: Everyone Loves Their Thermostat. Except Grandpa. Nest: Everyone Loves Their Thermostat. Except Grandpa.
Network: NBC
Show: The Voice
Primetime Airing: Nov. 17, 8:42 pm ET
Most Engaging
Top ads by SpotShare for the past 7 days
Rockstar Games: Launch Trailer Rockstar Games: Launch Trailer
Online Views: 1,538,798
Social Actions: 61,485
SpotShare: 2.06%
Electronic Arts (EA): The Breach Electronic Arts (EA): The Breach
Online Views: 2,814,082
Social Actions: 10,233
SpotShare: 1.39%
PlayStation: Friendly Competition PlayStation: Friendly Competition
Online Views: 2,164,771
Social Actions: 6,223
SpotShare: 1.03%
Beats Audio: Ain't No Game Beats Audio: Ain't No Game
Online Views: 1,709,726
Social Actions: 1,593
SpotShare: 0.74%
Sony Video Games: So Big, it Had to Be Little Sony Video Games: So Big, it Had to Be Little
Online Views: 938,506
Social Actions: 14,372
SpotShare: 0.72%

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