‘Star Wars,’ ‘Empire’ and Oscars Didn’t Top Twitter in 2015: See What Film, Show and Special Did

If you guessed “Jurassic World,” “Game of Thrones,” and the VMAs: Wrong again

Last Updated: December 7, 2015 @ 8:54 AM

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Empire” and the Academy Awards were huge on Twitter in 2015 — but not big enough to be the top film, TV series, and special, respectively, on the social media platform.

Cable’s biggest TV show “The Walking Dead” claimed the small-screen crown for most popular series on the social media platform. “The Bachelor” was runner-up, with “Game of Thrones,” “The Bachelorette,” and “Empire” rounding out the Top 5.

In terms of specials, the Grammys bested the Oscars, while the 2015 VMAs, Golden Globes, and AMAs earned the remaining Top 5 slots. It’s important to note here that the rankings begin in January and count through November, so NBC’s “The Wiz Live” wouldn’t have even been in contention.

Heading off to the theater, it was all “Fifty Shades of Grey” this year. Naturally, the Valentine’s Day release gave it a huge head-start on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which still isn’t out yet and had to settle for fourth place per these somewhat early 2015 rankings.

The upcoming “Episode VII” also sat behind “Furious 7” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but topped “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”

All below rankings are per Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings. As an added bonus, the televised ones include their genre’s top-tweeted minute of the year.

Most Popular TV Series

  1. “The Walking Dead”
  2. “The Bachelor”
  3. “Game of Thrones”
  4. ‘The Bachelorette”
  5. “Empire”
  6. “American Horror Story: Hotel”
  7. “Pretty Little Liars”
  8. “Scandal”
  9. “Parks and Recreation”
  10. “Grey’s Anatomy”

The most-Tweeted series minute of 2015: the Top 8 elimination round of “The Voice” (NBC), which garnered 182,000 tweets at 8:57 p.m. ET on April 28.

Top 10 Specials and Live Events

  1. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards
  2. The Oscars
  3. 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
  4. The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
  5. 2015 American Music Awards
  6. 2015 Billboard Music Awards
  7. State of the Union 2015
  8. Republican Presidential Candidates Debate
  9. CNN Republican Debate
  10. BET Awards 2015

The most-Tweeted minute in a special in 2015: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV), which garnered 248,000 tweets at 10:49 p.m. ET on Aug. 30.

Top 10 2015 Movie Releases

  1. “Fifty Shades of Grey”
  2. “Furious 7”
  3. “Avengers: Age of Ultron”
  4. “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”
  5. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”
  6. “Jurassic World”
  7. “Straight Outta Compton”
  8. “American Sniper”
  9. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
  10. “Spectre”