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TOMAmeter August 31 – September 6: MTV VMAs Take the Spotlight

Entering the rankings this week were the MTV Video Music Awards (#8), hosted by Miley Cyrus. The 2014 VMAs peaked at #16 in the rankings; the 2015 iteration managed to outperform the 2014 show in this regard. AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead continue to hold the top two spots in the rankings for…

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TOMAmeter August 24-30: The Walking Dead Franchise Dominates

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Following a debut episode that clocked record viewership numbers, Fear the Walking Dead is now #2 in the rankings after its sister show, The Walking Dead. With these two atop the rankings, this marks the first time in over two years that two AMC shows were in the top five in the TOMAmeter (the last AMC show to hold a peak position was Breaking Bad, during its finale season). The two sister shows lead in mentions by a large margin, with a significant gap between them and the next highest show in unaided mention, Game of Thrones.

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TOMAmeter August 17-23: Fear the Walking Dead Continues its Ascent

In the week leading up to its premiere, Fear the Walking Dead rose four places in the TOMAmeter rankings, to #4, where it now threatens to enter the top three and push Orange is the New Black out. If it enters the top three, it will be the first new program to be among the…

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TOMAmeter August 10-15: Football Season is Back!


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It’s August, and the fall season brings football with it! This week, coverage of NFL preseason football re-entered the TOMAmeter at #10. NFL coverage re-entered the TOMAmeter at approximately the same time as last year, so despite Deflategate, the NFL is back to normal.

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TOMAmeter August 3 – 9: Elections Enter the Picture

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With the first Republican debate last week, the 2016 Election enters the top of mind awareness rankings for the first time, coming in at #17. With over a year left until the election, this is certainly not the last time to expect the election be among the leaders in awareness.

Mentions for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Orange is the New Black continue to dominate the top three spots, though the gap between the three begins to widen. The Walking Dead re-claims the #1 spot after a couple months. Rounding out the top five are CBS stalwarts NCIS and The Big Bang Theory.

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TOMAmeter July 27 – August 3: Fear the Walking Dead Enters the Top 20

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Entering the rankings for the first time is AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, the new spinoff to the hit The Walking Dead. Coming in at a strong #11, it seems likely that as anticipation and advertising builds, Fear the Walking Dead will join its sister show near the top of the rankings.

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TOMAmeter July 20 – 26: Empire Rising in the Top 20!

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FOX’s Empire had some season 2 casting news come out recently and Emmy buzz surrounding the program was enough to boost it up six places to #6 this week. This is the highest ranking the program has received since the week of April 20th when it was also the 6th most mentioned program in our TOMAmeter.

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TOMAmeter July 13 – 19: Mr. Robot Hacks Its Way Into the Top 20!

USA’s freshman drama Mr. Robot has been gaining steam over the past few weeks and mentions of the program were finally strong enough to lift it into the Top 20 for the first time. Mr. Robot makes its debut at #19 and is USA’s first program in the Top 20 since Suits back in August…

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TOMAmeter July 6 – 12: Shark Week Takes a Bite Out of the TOMAmeter!

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The popular weeklong event is back again and mentions of Discovery’s Shark Week were strong enough to propel it into the Top 20, where it settled at #15. This debut is on par with the 2014 premiere when it came in at #16 during the week of August 8th. An early exit may be in the future as Shark Week was only able to nibble on the rankings for one week in each of the past two years.

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TOMAmeter June 29 – July 5: It’s a Zoo in the Top 10 This Week!

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As mentioned in this space last week, CBS’ Zoo was destine for big things if the past was any indicator. The new drama makes its TOMAmeter debut at #7, which follows last summer’s network premiere, Extant (#4) and 2013’s Under The Dome (#1), during each respective premiere week.

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