'The Walking Dead' Continues to Trample Social-TV Competition

The GetGlue Top 10, Oct. 15-21

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In last week's chart tallying the top TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, AMC's "The Walking Dead" lumbered to the top of the TV check-ins chart. This week it's held its ground, but could an even spookier returning series supplant it in the coming weeks?

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  • AMC's "The Walking Dead" takes the stop spot for the second week in a row, despite posting almost half of the check-ins it earned during last week's season-premiere frenzy. The show, which began its third season on Oct. 14 to a series-record 10.9 million viewers, also dipped slightly ratings -wise in the second episode but still managed a healthy 9.5 million viewers this week. The show's phenomenal success, along with acclaim for AMC's "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," has helped give cable execs new confidence in original cable programming at a critical time for smaller networks trying to distinguish themselves.
  • The CW's "Nikita" returned with a new season this past week, unsurprisingly making a splash high on the chart. If you've followed the show's performance on GetGlue, you know this broody spy drama has real fan muscle behind it, particularly in social media. It has regularly ranked at or near the top of the check-ins chart, beating shows with better ratings and more buzz, even when it's in repeats. Maybe this year other, increasingly popular CW siblings like "The Vampire Diaries" -- and promising new series like "Arrow" -- will finally knock "Nikita" down a few pegs on GetGlue.
  • FX's beloved creep-show "American Horror Story" finally returned from extra-long hiatus to remarkable ratings : 5.7 million people tuned in last Wednesday to Ryan Murphy's envelope-pushing scare-fest, which has undergone a complete creative reset since it finished its first season last December. (The new season features many of last season's cast members, but playing different characters in a different story altogether.) Solid check-in numbers for premieres don't always continue as shows' seasons progress, but a series with this kind of shocking horror imagery, breakneck plot and dramatic intrigue has all the trappings of a GetGlue top-10 regular.

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