Social media buzz can only take you so far — more often than not it’s the real world that impacts the way people feel, talk and hear about your television show. Such was the case in Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s week, as the long-loved and long-criticized personality was suspended from his position, shooting Top Gear into the No. 2 spot on the social TV engagement ranker for the week March 9-15.
While Clarkson’s suspension doesn’t have much to do with the content of last Monday’s episode, his suspension does have implications for the rest of the Top Gear season, as the final two episodes were shelved.
The week’s television news also centered on real-life events in a much different and completely unrelated way, as Robert Durst’s arrest the day of the finale of HBO’s The Jinx caused the program to rank inside the top 10 for cable programming for the week.
Both shows trailed behind No. 1 The Walking Dead, while on broadcast the battle between Empire and The Bachelor reached its conclusion with the ABC reality show topping the chart in its final week of the season despite Empire’s continued growth in social (and real ratings). Download the full report below!
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