Sonequa Martin-Green, left, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Josh McDermitt ,Steven Yeun, Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs in The Walking Dead Season 5.
Photograph by Gene Page — AMC
By Benjamin Snyder
December 16, 2014

Television viewers watched their favorite shows this year while tweeting furiously about actors, plot twists and awards.

The Walking Dead, the Oscars and the Super Bowl all took home the title of the most tweeted programs for 2014.

The results, released Monday by Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, highlight the buzz some shows get on Twitter (TWTR) and its importance of social media in getting the word out. The findings, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, are broken down into three separate categories: Series, special events and sports programs.

The rankings for each category’s top three, based on a window from three hours before to three hours after a show, are as follows:

Top series on Twitter

1. The Walking Dead on AMC, with an average audience of 4.9 million and 576,000 average tweets

2. The Bachelor on ABC, with an average audience of 3.8 million and 215,000 average tweets

3. Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family, with an average audience of 3.8 million and 489,000 average tweets

Top specials on Twitter

1. The Oscars on ABC, with an audience of 13.9 million and 11.2 million tweets

2. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS, with an audience of 12.8 million and 13.8 million tweets

3. 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on MTV, with an audience of 10.0 million and 12.6 million tweets

Top sports events on Twitter

1. Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on Fox, with an audience of 15.3 million and 25.3 million tweets

2. 2014 FIFA World Cup, Round of 16: Belgium vs. United States on ESPN and Univision, with an audience of 12.4 million and 4.7 million tweets

3. 2014 FIFA World Cup, Final: Germany vs. Argentina on ABC and Univision, with an audience of 11.9 million and 4.9 million tweets

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