Powerade Taps Derrick Rose, Tupac Shakur for Inspirational Ad

It's the Newest Ads on TV; Plus, the Five Most Engaging Spots

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Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new and trending TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, 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 over the weekend. 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, Powerade's spot featuring Chicago Bull Derrick Rose and posthumously narrated by rapper Tupac Shakur reminds us that "we're all just a kid from somewhere," while Taco Bell highlights hardcore Taco Bell and Sriracha fans in an ad plugging the Sriracha Quesarito. And Lowe's makes it so easy to set up a vanity that it will boost your confidence -- so much so that one man pitches his idea for a "Glow-in-the-Dark Cat Hat" to his boss.

Today's TV Ad Highlights
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New Releases
Top new ads recently aired on national TV
Powerade: Rose From Concrete Powerade: Rose From Concrete
Network: ABC
Show: NBA Basketball
Airing Date: Mar. 1, 10:28 am ET
Taco Bell: True Fans of the Bell Taco Bell: True Fans of the Bell
Network: AMC
Show: Talking Dead
Primetime Airing: Mar. 1, 10:33 pm ET
Lowe's: Glow-in-the-Dark Cat Hat Lowe's: Glow-in-the-Dark Cat Hat
Network: CBS
Show: College Basketball
Airing Date: Feb. 28, 9:26 am ET
Kohler: Dancing Through Time Kohler: Dancing Through Time
Network: CBS
Show: Madam Secretary
Primetime Airing: Mar. 1, 8:36 pm ET
Apartments.com: Brad Bellflower: Launch Apartments.com: Brad Bellflower: Launch
Network: AMC
Show: The Walking Dead
Primetime Airing: Mar. 1, 9:11 pm ET
Most Engaging
Top ads by SpotShare for the past 7 days
Adidas: Take It Adidas: Take It
Online Views: 2,693,839
Social Actions: 88,644
SpotShare: 6.39%
Android: Friends Furever Android: Friends Furever
Online Views: 701,835
Social Actions: 27,473
SpotShare: 1.93%
Reebok: Freak Show: Be More Human Reebok: Freak Show: Be More Human
Online Views: 2,009,508
Social Actions: 9,438
SpotShare: 1.46%
Netflix: House of Cards: Season Three, Trailer Two Netflix: House of Cards: Season Three, Trailer Two
Online Views: 693,700
Social Actions: 17,097
SpotShare: 1.31%
Adobe: 25 Years of Photoshop: Dream On Adobe: 25 Years of Photoshop: Dream On
Online Views: 370,659
Social Actions: 16,886
SpotShare: 1.15%

As always, you can find out more about the best commercials on TV at Ad Age's Creativity.

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