‘Game of Thrones’ blows ‘Sharknado 5’ out of the water on Twitter
Dragons or Sharks?
It was a battle foretold by the ancients, “Game of Thrones” and its mighty dragons, squaring-off against the fifth movie about flying sharks. If you haven’t caught up on “Game of Thrones” yet we won’t spoil any of the details for you, but people on Twitter can’t seem to get enough of the latest “Spoils of War” episode.
In an unusual twist for the series, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” actually had social-media competition last night. SYFY released the latest installment to the “Sharknado” franchise on Sunday Night, and for a few hours it looked like Sharknado might be the more popular topic with users.
While Sharknado-themed hashtags seemed to dominate the trending topics in large metropolitan areas, like here in New York, in the end HBO still managed to take the top spot on Twitter. According to Nielsen’s Top Ten rankings, “Game of Thrones” had close to 1.4M uniques last night, and that was compared to Sharknado’s 261K. “Game of Thrones” also scored over 2.4M interaction on the social-media platform, and Sharknado only had 424K. CBS’ “Big Brother” rounded-out the top-three on Twitter, but it only scored 192K uniques, and 366K interactions. Of the three, “Game of Thrones” probably had the most popular TV Trailers, but it was an impressive showing for a fifth-installment to an original movie.
Twitter usually gets a big boost from wrestling, but this week “WWE Monday Night RAW” landed in fifth-place, and “WWE SmackDown!” ended up in eighth-place overall.
“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” was the latest installment in the ongoing series, and saw the deadly weather phenomenon of shark-infested storms bombard cities around the world. Anthony C. Ferrante, who directed the first four films, returned to direct this latest film. The script was written by Scotty Mullen.
“Game of Thrones: Spoils of War” still focused on Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow as they work together to mine Dragonglass and prepare to conquer the seven kingdoms. Of course Jon Snow still has the White Walkers to deal with, and there were quite a few reunions to stir up emotions for fans on social-media.