Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Shonda Rhimes shows Anatomize and Scandalize the list

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Our 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. The Big Bang Theory
2. Game of Thrones
3. Today
4. Grey’s Anatomy
5. NCIS
6. The Voice
7. Criminal Minds
8. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
9. Good Morning America
10. Scandal

Shonda Rhimes is well-known for creating ABC juggernauts Grey’s Anatomy (by now a seasoned veteran in its 11th season) and Scandal (just hitting its prime in its 4th). Both shows made it onto our top 10 this week — we’ll have to wait to see if Rhimes can ever make it a trifecta by making her other currently airing series How To Get Away With Murder on as well.

Meanwhile, we again saw huge numbers watching Game of Thrones online, which is something we can expect to continue for as long as the fifth season’s 10 episodes are airing. It should be mentioned that we also saw tons of people watching The Big Bang Theory online, as the CBS comedy shows absolutely no signs of slowing down in its eighth season.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): The Masters masters our list

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched sports:

1. 2015 Masters Tournament
2. Liga MX soccer
3. La Liga soccer
4. NASCAR: Duck Commander 500
5. CONCACAF Champions League soccer
6. English Premier League soccer
7. CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores soccer
8. MLB: Red Sox vs. Yankees
9. WCBB: Notre Dame vs. Connecticut
10. MLB: Giants vs. Padres

Spring means a lot of things: flowers blooming, baseball season starting, Game of Thrones returning, and the Masters Tournament at Augusta National awarding one very talented golfer a verdant green jacket. This year it was 21-year-old Jordan Spieth who took home the honor, becoming the youngest Masters champion ever with the exception of Tiger Woods in 1997. Enough Slingbox users were watching to shoot the tournament all the way to the top spot on our weekly list.

Slingbox users were also watching plenty of baseball on their phones, tablets and laptops as two games made it onto our list: the Red Sox-Yankees showdown in the Bronx that went 19 innings, and the Padres-Giants game that saw World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deliver the World Series championship flag via horse. And the excitement about college basketball on Slingbox wasn’t quite over yet, as the final of the 2015 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, which saw UConn defeat Notre Dame to secure their third consecutive title, landed at No. 9.
We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Winter is coming to the top 10

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Our 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. The Big Bang Theory
2. The Voice
3. Today
4. Game of Thrones
5. Grey’s Anatomy
6. Better Call Saul
7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8. Criminal Minds
9. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
10. NCIS

Before we get into this week’s list, a quick housekeeping note: We’ve begun producing the top 10 based on most watched programming whether live or recorded (previously it had just been live). Our data shows that more than 70 percent of Slingbox sessions involve live TV, but plenty of our customers make us of their TV’s DVR functions as well, so this should give us a more accurate picture of what people are watching.

One difference that was immediately noticeable was that while the Today show remained strong, its morning show counterpart Good Morning America, which had been hovering near the top of the list as well, fell completely off. In its place was the most watched show in HBO history, which made its season 5 debut on Sunday night. Enough Slingbox users were watching Game of Thrones on phones, watching Game of Thrones on tablets, watching Game of Thrones on laptops and generally watching Game of Thrones online to put the fantasy epic on our list at No. 4.

Other interesting entrants included Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff that we haven’t seen on the list before. Ditto for Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the E! reality stalwart that’s going on 10 seasons. And Grey’s Anatomy, which is currently in its 11th season, popped back up after missing the top 10 for several weeks in a row.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Final Four ends with a bang

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. CBB: Duke vs. Wisconsin
2. CBB: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
3. CBB: Michigan State vs. Duke
4. Liga MX soccer
5. PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open
6. La Liga soccer
7. English Premier League soccer
8. MLB: Cardinals vs. Cubs
9. NBA: Bulls vs. Cavaliers
10. ATP Tour: Grand Prix Hassan II

Given how incredibly strong March Madness was on Slingbox (last week all but one entrant on our top 10 came from the tournament), it’s no surprise that our three top spots this week were reserved for the three Final Four games in Indianapolis. The most popular was the final that saw Duke defeat Wisconsin, while the Badgers’ upset of overwhelming title favorite Kentucky was No. 2.

There was a diverse group of sports on the rest of the list, as golf had a very strong showing with the Shell Houston Open, which was won by J.B. Holmes in come-from-behind fashion. Soccer made its usual multiple appearances, the first MLB game of the season made it on, and we even saw a tennis tournament — the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, to be specific — for the first time in a while.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Bieber Roast on the list? Belieb it

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. Good Morning America
4. Comedy Central Roasts: Justin Bieber
5. SpongeBob SquarePants
6. Family Guy
7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8. NBC Nightly News
9. Friends
10. Teen Titans Go!

Comedy Central has produced 14 celebrity roasts since 2003, and the Justin Bieber one that aired March 30 was one of the most unusual ones — it was the first to focus on a pop star and the roastee was, by far, the youngest (21) to ever be so “honored.” (Or perhaps we should say, in acknowledgement of Bieber’s nationality, “honoured”?) In terms of viewership by traditional TV means, the Bieber Roast was a huge success — only the roasts of Charlie Sheen and Jeff Foxworthy drew as many viewers. And it was plenty popular on Slingbox as well, as it shot up to No. 4 on our weekly list. Apparently people really enjoyed the verbal equivalent of this:

It was mostly business as usual on the top 10 otherwise, though The Big Bang Theory did manage to break up the morning show duopoly, as its done occasionally but not frequently as of late. And NBC Nightly News made another of its sporadic but nonetheless impressive appearances, once again calling into question whether suspending Brian Williams was the best thing that program could have done for its popularity.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): NCAA Tournament, NCAA Tournament and more NCAA Tournament

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched live sports:

1. CBB: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky
2. CBB: Gonzaga vs. Duke
3. CBB: Arizona vs. Wisconsin
4. CBB: North Carolina vs. Wisconsin
5. CBB: Michigan State vs. Louisville
6. CBB: West Virginia vs. Kentucky
7. CBB: Wichita State vs. Notre Dame
8. CBB: Utah vs. Duke
9. Cricket World Cup: Australia vs. India
10. CBB: Xavier vs. Arizona

Perhaps you noticed a trend in this week’s sports top 10? It seems that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament just might be popular with Slingbox users. We haven’t seen one event dominate our list like this in a very long time. (To be fair of course, few sports events produce as many games in as short a time as the Tournament does). Which games made it on and which didn’t provided some interesting insight — Arizona, Duke, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and heavy favorite Kentucky all made two appearances.

As for the one top 10 entrant holding it down for the non-basketball sports world, the Cricket World Cup semifinal that saw Australia eliminate India made it at No. 9. Interestingly, that game was more popular than the final, which saw co-hosts Australia and New Zealand battle in a match that ultimately went to the Aussies.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s.

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Walking Dead finale lurches onto the list

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Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. Good Morning America
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. The Walking Dead
5. SpongeBob SquarePants
6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7. Criminal Minds
8. Family Guy
9. Fox and Friends
10. Friends

Over the past few weeks, our non-sports top 10 has remained remarkably consistent. The two big morning shows are always at the top, The Big Bang Theory is always in the mix, and SpongeBob always seems to find his way on too. And clearly plenty of people were watching The Walking Dead online as the zombie drama wrapped up its fifth season on Sunday.

The most amusing back-to-back entrants on this list had to be Fox and Friends and Friends at Nos. 9 and 10 — a juxtaposition which actually happened once before. Like I said then, just so you’re clear, Fox and Friends is unfortunately not a crossover in which Agent Mulder from The X-Files investigates possibly alien fossils discovered by Ross. (But The X-Files is coming back, so there’s still a chance.) But clearly Slingbox users do like to watch cable news, and they also like to watch reruns of ’90s sitcoms.

We’ll be back tomorrow with our sports top 10.