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Comparing Season Premieres on Social: ‘Mad Men’ vs. ‘Game of Thrones’

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Two hit shows depicting very different historical eras premiered within a  week of each other, and the results show a large social difference.

As we reported, “Game of Thrones” season four premiere week (the premiere was April 6) generated over 300,000 tweets with 170,000 unique authors of those tweets for the week of March 31-April 6. These numbers placed “GOT” third on Nielsen Social’s Top 10 list.

Mad Men,” a longer-running show with a considerably smaller social footprint, premiered its final season to lower numbers: 60,000 tweets and 32,000 unique authors of those tweets for the week of April 7-April 13, placing in fourth on Nielsen Social’s Top 10 list.

“At this point the Game of Thrones roller-coaster ride is sparking lots of on-line conversation and speculation,” said Ammiel Kamon, EVP of products and marketing for Kontera, a social data insight provider for brand marketers.

“There are also many articles being written and consumed,” he continued. “Notably, the high intensity across all channels is bringing in new curious viewers. Mad Men’s premier has set a more subdued tone, which for now will satisfy their faithful audience, but is unlikely to bring new viewers to the series.”

And according to Kontera, last night, which was the first night both show’s aired this season, saw a large social gap. The second episode of “GOT’s” new season produced 70,000 tweets during and directly after the episode, while “Mad Men’s” premiere drew 19,000 tweets during.

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