ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

As the year comes to a close and series finales finish rolling it, it's time to start looking back on 2015 and the year's most popular, controversial, and talked-about shows on social media.

Year in Review top 10 lists were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January and December 2015.To put this list together, Facebook posts were analyzed in an aggregated, anonymized way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.

Everyone tunes in for their weekly dose of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, but some of the other most talked about shows on Facebook may surprise you. Here are the top 10 most talked-about shows this year according to Facebook's Year in Review:

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones' season finale on June 14 brought in record-breaking numbers for the show. A total of 8.1 million viewers tuned in for the 10th episode of season five, “Mother’s Mercy," a record high for the show. It should come as no surprise that the HBO juggernaut was the most frequently mentioned program of 2015.

2. The Walking Dead

On October 11, the season six premiere brought in a staggering 19.5 million viewers. Although The Walking Dead has always had a vocal fanbase, the whole debate between Glenn being alive or dead certainly kicked things up a notch this year.

3. The Daily Show

Jon Stewart's last episode of The Daily Show brought in 3.5 million viewers, coming in at the second most watched episode in the show's history. It was narrowly beaten out by the 2008 episode, when then-Senator Barack Obama was interviewed during his White House bit, which had 3.6 million tuning in.

4. Saturday Night Live

Whether it's the stellar cast of regular characters or the guest stars being brought in, this season of SNL has been making headlines everywhere. On November 7, reality star and presidential candidate Donald Trump was the special guest, making it the show's most widely viewed episode since 2013 with an estimated 9.3 million viewers.

5. WWE Raw

Although there has been a decline in ratings and record-low viewership this year, WWE Raw still managed to be one of the most talked about shows on Facebook.

6. The Simpsons

As one of the more topical comedy shows on television, The Simpsons is never far from the conversation. The show made headlines once again after being renewed for a 27th and 28th season this year, making it the longest-running scripted show on television.

7. 19 Kids and Counting

After a year of scandal (and not the Shonda Rhimes show), it makes sense 19 Kids and Counting would be highly discussed on social media. After it was revealed that Josh Duggar had sexually molested five young girls, including his sisters, the hit show was rightfully pulled from TLC's lineup.

8. Grey's Anatomy

Although it was hard to say goodbye to Patrick Dempsey's character, Derek Shepherd, after so many years, the show must go on! Even without McDreamy on board, Grey's Anatomy hit a four-week high with its 250th episode this Fall.

9. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

A (relative) newcomer to the late night desk, John Oliver certainly earned his stripes after his first season of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. Over the course of the season, the show grossed an average audience of 4 million viewers.

10. Orange Is the New Black

The Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black is constantly keeping its audience guessing and entertained. Not only is it one of the most popular shows on Netflix's slate, but according to Facebook it's also one of the most talked-about shows of the year!

Which shows do you like to share on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

(Source: Facebook Year in Review)


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