This Year In Stats: Glee Beats Idol, Star Trek Rocks BitTorrent

Gleeks, you can be proud of yourself: Glee has not only been the show that dominated Twitter week after week after week ever since the beginning of the fall season, its most recent episode before the holiday break also caused more Tweets than any other show on television this year, according to data from Trendrr. Glee was even more popular than former social media king American Idol, with a total of 1.4 million tweets vs. 826,032 tweets for Idol in 2009.

Beating Idol was no easy feat for Glee. The song competition ended with a show-down between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, the gay goth kid and the Christian, with some saying that America once again voting for the wrong guy. Throw in an unlikely friendship, and you got yourself enough drama to cause 65,975 tweets on May 20th. Then again, Glee had all of this, plus a script, and that was enough to take the crown with 78,380 tweets on December 10th.

Third place on the Twitter charts was Saturday Night Live with 494,902  tweets total, including 32,511 on October 3rd when Lady Gaga appeared on the show. Grey’s Anatomy saw a total of 299,985 tweets, closely followed by Dollhouse with 275,872 tweets.

The film industry also had more than one success story this year. In fact, there have been seven titles grossing more than $200 million in domestic box office sales in 2009. Of course, money doesn’t always go along with fame, and apparently not with downloads either. Transformers was the most popular flick at the box office, but Star Trek topped the download charts, according to data from Torrentfreak.

So which blockbuster was the best movie of 2009? Avatar, according to data from Flixster, whose members submitted a total of 55 million reviews this year, as first reported by TechCrunch. Star Trek ranked number 2, but Transformers didn’t even make it into Flixster’s Top 10 list.

Most Popular Movies of 2009 on BitTorrent, at the Box Office and on Flixster
Most Pirated Highest Sales Best-reviewed
1 Star Trek Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Avatar
2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Star Trek
3 RocknRolla Up The Blind Side
4 The Hangover The Twilight Saga: New Moon Up in the Air
5 Twilight The Hangover Inglourious Basterds
6 District 9 Star Trek The Hangover
7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Avatar Zombieland
8 State of Play Monsters Vs. Aliens Up
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Michael Jackson’s This Is It
10 Knowing The Blind Side Taken and I Can Do Bad All By Myself (tie)

The top five most twittered shows list is put together from an analysis of tweets matching the exact names of 63 television programs. Trendrr looks at the source data to check that at least 95 percent of the tweets are related to the show. For more metrics surrounding your favorite show, go to and put the name of the show into the search tab.
TorrentFreak data is based on http downloads of .torrent files from various BitTorrent sites. The data is collected by TorrentFreak and is for informational and educational reference only. Currently, DVDrips, DVD Screeners and R5 rips are counted.