Emmys: Drama Series Nominees Ranked By Social Media

4:31 PM 9/19/2015

by Arlene Washington

It's a race between the dramas for Sunday's Emmy Awards.

The Emmys may not have been handed out just yet, but the dramas are competing on social media.  

Over the past 28 days, MVPIndex generated data from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to rank shows based on the activity generated. Consideration was given to each show’s number of followers, but mostly how much it’s talked about in every post (engagement), including likes, comments, shares, retweets, mentions etc.

Check the ranking of the Emmy nominated shows for best drama series nominees below.

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  1. 7

    Better Call Saul


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    Vince Gilligan’s prequel to the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad has inherited some of the popularity and faithful followers of the original drama. The show nabbed three Emmy noms, but it falls to the end of the rank with the lowest amount of Twitter followers (165K).

  2. 6

    Downton Abbey

    ITV, PBS

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    The PBS drama has garnered a royal fan base with Kate Middleton paying a visit to the set earlier this year and Queen Elizabeth who loves to critique the show. The triple-nominated show nears its sixth and final season beginning in January.

  3. 5

    Mad Men


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    The stakes are high for Jon Hamm to win outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his lead role in the critical darling that has now come to an end. Although there are high hopes for Hamm’s first Emmy, with the end of the series seems to come less social media activity. The show still manages to outrun other popular shows still on air.

  4. 4

    House of Cards



    The Kevin Spacey-starrer and political drama House of Cards comes in second to Orange is the New Black and Game of Thrones when it comes to Twitter mentions. Overall, the show takes a number four rating.

  5. 3



    The Showtime drama, starring Claire Danes, made a swift comeback from its no Emmy nomination shaky fourth season to four nominations this year, including one for best drama.

  6. 2

    Game of Thrones


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    Season five of the adapted series stirred up a hot debate on whether Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow, was dead or alive. The HBO show dominated during the Creative Arts Emmys and could make a similar splash during the Primetime Emmys where it’s up for 24 total nominations. Both OITNB and Game of Thrones pulled in 500 mentions on Twitter per hour.

  7. 1

    Orange Is the New Black



    The now-considered drama by the Emmys has been the talk of Twitter since Netflix released the entire season to viewers online a day early. After a strong start of the third season, the show rose to an average 61,000 likes per Instagram photo, posted to over two million followers. #OITNB has attracted over four million Facebook likes by fans of the show’s eccentric cast including Uzo Aduba, who could possibly take home the Emmy for best supporting actress and Pablo Schreiber, who received a nod for best guest actor in a drama series.

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