TOMAmeter September 29 – October 5: The Walking Dead Crawls Back to the Top

FOX’s Gotham was only able to hold onto the #1 spot for one week before slipping down to #2, which has opened the door for AMC’s The Walking Dead to reclaim the top honor after a two week hiatus. The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season this coming Sunday.

Elsa and the gang made their debut on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and mentions of the program boosted it to #7 this week, an increase of three places in the standings. As one ABC program moves up in the rankings others have fallen. Scandal, last week’s 8th most mentioned program has fallen three places to #11 while Black-ish is down four spots to #19 and Forever just makes the cut at #20 after coming in at #17 last week.

After nearly dropping out of the Top 20 a week ago, HBO’s Game of Thrones increased its place in the standings by three spots and is now our 13th most mentioned program this week.

Joining our Top 20 for the first time since January is FX’s American Horror Story (#18) which is set to kick off another chilling season this week. On the opposite end of the spectrum was the summertime darling on Netflix, Orange is the New Black,which dropped from #12 to outside the Top 20 for the first time since May.

Despite the loss of two programs in our Top 20 this week, ABC still remains the most represented network with six programs beating out CBS who had four and FOX who has three.

New programs in our Top 20: CBS’ Criminal Minds (#14), FOX’s Bones (#15), NFL/Superbowl (#17) and FX’s American Horror Story (#18).

No longer in our Top 20 this week: Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (previously #12), CBS’ Survivor (previously #14), ABC’s Modern Family (previously #19) and Dancing with the Stars (previously #20).

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Each week, Ipsos MediaCT TV Dailies seeks to find out what television shows have people talking. Collecting over 5,000 unaided responses among persons ages 13-64, TV Dailies produces a top of mind awareness meter (TOMAmeter) that details the 20 most spontaneously mentioned television shows.

Here are your TOMAmeter results for September 29- October 5.

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