Surprise! That Free Sandwich on the Street Was McDonald's

Plus, the Five Most Engaging Spots Right Now

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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, Coca-Cola offers a feel-good, catchy song paired with scenes of family joy for its latest "Open Happiness" ad, and Starbucks' shows how you can get ahead at work (hint: drink more espresso).

An undercover McDonald's food truck in Chicago offers passersby buttermilk chicken sandwiches. Afterward, the sandwich eaters are shocked to find out they've been eating fast food. The sandwich, which boasts "no artificial colors, 100% chicken breast filet, buttermilk," is McDonald's latest new product. Others include the guacamole sandwich.

Today's TV Ad Highlights
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New Releases
Top new ads recently aired on national TV
McDonald's: Right Around the Corner McDonald's: Right Around the Corner
Network: ION
Show: Criminal Minds
Primetime Airing: Aug. 24, 10:09 pm ET
Verizon: Drum Set Verizon: Drum Set
Network: CBS
Show: Scorpion
Primetime Airing: Aug. 24, 9:34 pm ET
Coca-Cola: Family Gatherings Coca-Cola: Family Gatherings
Network: OXYGEN
Show: 15 Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies
Primetime Airing: Aug. 24, 9:33 pm ET
Starbucks: Multitasker: George Starbucks: Multitasker: George
Network: FXX
Show: The Simpsons
Primetime Airing: Aug. 24, 9:56 pm ET
Fiber One: Irregular Cubicle Fiber One: Irregular Cubicle
Network: ION
Show: Criminal Minds
Primetime Airing: Aug. 24, 10:49 pm ET
Most Engaging
Top ads by SpotShare for the past 7 days
KFC: The Real Colonel Sanders KFC: The Real Colonel Sanders
Online Views: 3,201,235
Social Actions: 8,785
SpotShare: 1.85%
Online Views: 1,704,491
Social Actions: 3,999
SpotShare: 0.93%
UnitedHealthcare: Our Song UnitedHealthcare: Our Song
Online Views: 236,765
Social Actions: 9,861
SpotShare: 0.84%
Foot Locker: Thoughts Foot Locker: Thoughts
Online Views: 764,557
Social Actions: 6,464
SpotShare: 0.76%
KFC: Celebrity Colonel KFC: Celebrity Colonel
Online Views: 1,113,342
Social Actions: 2,199
SpotShare: 0.58%

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

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