The Olympics are world champions when it comes to event television, so it’s no surprise that the NBC broadcasts are dominating this week’s social TV charts.
Friday’s opening ceremony garnered 8.9 million mentions, topping the total number of Twitter posts during the entire 2008 Beijing Olympics in just one day. And despite NBC’s abundant slip-ups in just the first few days of the Games (see: #NBCFail), the network’s social media efforts clearly haven’t been for naught.
Other particularly buzzworthy events thus far? Swimming and women’s gymnastics, both of which were nail-biters for Team USA. The women’s gymnastics qualifying competition had audiences and competitors in tears after a surprising upset. The U.S.’s Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion, placed fourth in the qualifiers after one Russian competitor and two of her teammates. Countries can enter just two gymnasts in the all-around final, so Wieber did not qualify to compete.
In the pool, a USA showdown between power duo Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps caused a chatter. Lochte bested Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley, solidifying the notion that this is his time to shine. After taking home a record eight gold medals in Beijing, Phelps is taking his last few laps on the international stage.
Aside from the Games, we’ve got to tip our hats to America’s Got Talent, the only program that managed to edge its way onto the chart amidst the athletic competitions.
The data is compliments of our friends at Trendrr, who measure specific TV show activity (mentions, likes, check-ins) across Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Miso. To see daily rankings, check out Trendrr.TV.