Golden Globes Triples Check-Ins vs. Last Year

The GetGlue Top 10, Jan. 9-15

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In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, the "Jersey Shore" gang fist-pumped their way into our Top 10. This week, Snooki and friends got crowded off our chart -- thanks in part to a temporary interloper: Ricky Gervais.

See below the graphic for some notes and context.

  • Back in December when The CW's "Nikita" first overtook CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" as the most checked-in show, I compared "Nikita" fans with "Beliebers," Justin Bieber fans. In the same way that Beliebers seem fixated on organizing compaigns to get their boy to trend on Twitter, "Nikita" fans seem to be obsessed with getting their favorite show to surge on GetGlue. It helps ratings and chatter that the broadcast-network competition for "Nikita" in its 8 p.m. Friday time slot has little appeal for The CW's youthful audience, with higher-rated shows like "Kitchen Nightmares" on Fox and "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" on ABC clearly intended for a more, well, parental (and less social-media-savvy) demo. Meanwhile, "The Big Bang Theory," which got a big boost this fall thanks to syndication, has been losing momentum as "Nikita" has gained it.
  • Sunday night's Golden Globes, once again hosted by Ricky Gervais, drew 16.8 million viewers -- "essentially flat" with last year's ratings , as Scott Collins at the Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker blog points out. But the show attracted 33,096 check-ins, enough to take the No. 4 spot on our chart and more than three times the number it had last year -- a reflection of how much GetGlue (and the whole social-TV phenomenon) has grown over the past 12 months.
  • On Friday the 13th, appropriately enough, the spooky Fox drama "Fringe" returned with a new episode titled "Back to Where You've Never Been," its first fresh installment since Nov. 18. It also returned to our chart, taking the No. 3 spot and outranking its time-slot competition "Supernatural" on The CW (No. 5); it also outdid "Supernatural" in the Nielsen ratings .
  • Golden Globe best-comedy winner "Modern Family" takes our No. 10 spot. Speaking of which, this post from James Hibberd at offers some interesting perspective on the whole broadcast-vs.-cable awards imbalance: "Golden Globes: 'Modern Family' saves major TV nets from complete shut out."
  • Just in case you missed this: "GetGlue Scores New $12 Million Round of Financing; CEO Alex Iskold Explains How He's Going to Spend It."

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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