In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, MTV 's tentpole VMA's took the top spot despite disappointing ratings . But a slew of season premieres made for a much more competitive social-TV landscape, this week and some decisive victories. Scroll down below the graphic for more notes and context.
- We're calling it now: The 2012-13 TV season is shaping up to be all about the battle of the judgy divas. This past week marked the premiere of two returning network singing competitions. Fox's "The X Factor" arguably drew more buzz before its second season debut by casting pop stars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges. But it was NBC's "The Voice," headlined by former Spears frenemy Christina Aguilera, that ultimately emerged as the victor both in ratings and on social TV. "The Voice," which aired over three nights last week, managed a clear win over "X Factor" during the two shows' one-hour overlap period on Wednesday night. "American Idol," meanwhile, has confirmed that its return next year will feature both veteran hitmaker Mariah Carey and reigning singer/rapper-du-jour Nicki Minaj as judges.
- FX's "Sons of Anarchy" began its fifth season with big numbers on GetGlue, where it beat even cult favorite "Glee." "Sons" also attracted its largest-ever viewership, with a record 7.5 million people tuning in over two broadcasts last Tuesday, according to Nielsen data.
- Other notable fall premieres on the chart include HBO's addictive "Boardwalk Empire," which matched its ratings from its debut last year, and also NBC's "The New Normal," which was notably declined by a network affiliate in Utah for its depiction of a gay couple's road to parenthood through surrogacy. "The New Normal" fared relatively well ratings -wise and managed to crack the chart, which is all a freshman show can really hope for its first week out.
- This week's losers? Though "Dr. Who" only posted about 6,000 fewer check-ins than last week, it still fell three spots on the chart as new rivals made their debuts. And NBC's fantasy "Grimm," which has been performing consistently well in its second season, fell off the chart this week with a rerun Friday night.
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