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Data reveals the 20 most popular TV shows of 2016

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Daenerys is the queen of TV.

“Game of Thrones” was by far the most popular show around the world in 2016, according to a new analysis from Parrot Analytics. “The Walking Dead” came in second, followed by “Pretty Little Liars” and “Westworld.”

Parrot analyzed not only ratings data (where available) but also peer-to-peer sharing, social media chatter, and other factors to estimate viewer demand for various shows. These combined measurements determine each show’s “demand expressions” per month. Though the formula is opaque, the ranking appears to be one of the best ways to compare shows across platforms and measure how popular they really are.

What other shows ruled the past year? Check out the top 20 below.

1) HBO’s “Game of Thrones” with 7.2 million demand expressions per month. People around the world were desperate to learn the fate of Jon Snow and watch the rise of Daenerys Targaryen, as the epic adaptation moved past the novels into uncharted territory.

2) AMC’s “The Walking Dead” with 4.7 million demand expressions per month. The shocking beginning of season 7 led to an explosion in social media interest.

3) ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars” with 3.8 million demand expressions. This teen drama had a devoted following through seven seasons and its series finale in October.

4) HBO’s “Westworld” with 3.5 million demand expressions per month. Just what the network needs as “Game of Thrones” approaches its end. Note that this average might be inflated since the show has been around for only a few months.

5) The CW’s “The Flash” with 3.1 million demand expressions per month. He’s the top super hero on TV, leading a list of popular DC Comics shows.

6) CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” with 2.9 million demand expressions per month. An unstoppable force on US TV, this nine-season-old sitcom is also hot around the world.

7) Netflix’s “The OA” with 2.8 million demand expressions per month. WARNING: This rating is definitely inflated, since the show launched in December, and people tend to binge watch Netflix shows. Still, it’s a monumental launch that could signify the next big show.

8) Netflix’s “Stranger Things” with 2.5 million demand expressions per month. This rating may be inflated too, as the show has only been around for a few months. Still, it’s another explosive launch for Netflix.

9) Korea’s “Running Man” with 2.4 million demand expressions per month. The variety game show is the top non-American show in the world.

10) USA’s “Suits” with 2.4 million demand expressions per month. The playful legal drama has surprised a lot of people with its depth over six seasons.

11) The CW’s “Arrow” with 2.1 million demand expressions per month. The program that kicked off the new era of DC Comics shows is going strong in its fifth season.

12) ABC’s “Quantico” with 2.1 million demand expressions per month. Priyanka Chopra, a Miss World winner and Bollywood star, has emerged as a global star with this FBI thriller.

13) MTV’s “Teen Wolf” with 2.0 million demand expressions per month. This supernatural drama, now in its sixth season, clearly has a devoted following.

14) Japan’s “One Piece” with 1.9 million demand expressions per month. Now in its 18th season, this is the top anime series in the world.

15) Fox’s “Gotham” with 1.9 million demand expressions per month. It’s yet another DC Comics show, this one a prequel to Batman.

16) The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” with 1.8 million demand expressions per month. The supernatural drama is finishing strong in its eighth and final season.

17) Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage” with 1.8 million demand expressions per month.

18) Japan’s “Naruto: Shippuden” with 1.8 million demand expressions per month.

19) History’s “Vikings” with 1.7 million demand expressions per month.

20) USA’s “Mr. Robot” with 1.7 million demand expressions.

Bonus: The rest of the top 30

 21) ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” with 1.6 million demand expressions per month.

22) NBC’s “Friends” with 1.6 million.

23) FX’s “American Horror Story” with 1.6 million.

24) ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with 1.6 million.

25) The CW’s “Supernatural” with 1.5 million.

26) The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” with 1.5 million.

27) Netflix’s “House of Cards” with 1.4 million.

28) ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” with 1.4 million.

29) AMC’s “Breaking Bad” with 1.4 million.

30) HBO’s “The Night Of” with 1.4 million.


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