The Top Ten Social TV Networks in June 2016

Published on Jul 12th, 2016

The ranking, which includes all television shows and the main network brand accounts, reflects a total of nearly 600 million social actions across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Engagement for TV networks increased 5.5 percent compared to May. Engagement from video content grew 13 percent month-over-month and represents 31 percent of the total social actions captured by TV Networks across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in June.

ESPN ranked No. 1 overall with 138.9 million actions, a 17% month-over-month engagement improvement. ESPN also topped all networks with 32.7 million actions from video. ABC bested all other networks on Facebook with 37.8 million actions. ESPN drove engagement by ranking first overall on Twitter and Instagram with 12.3 million and 93.7 million actions, respectively. MTV took the top spot on Tumblr with 146,200 actions.

In addition to winning Facebook, ABC also captured the most amplification of any network with 13.5 million shares and retweets. While Freeform experienced the most month-over-month engagement growth at 124%, FOX generated the greatest increase in actions at 1,900%.



i Total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, retweets, comments, reblogs and dislikes for all properties under each brand across platforms.
ii Total fans/followers metric includes fans, followers and subscribers for all properties under each brand as of June 30, 2016.
iii “Actions to fans index” is calculated as the total number of actions taken on all posts made by properties in the network in the time period, divided by the total fan count of all properties in the network. This value is then set as an index against all U.S. TV Networks. (Does not include Tumblr).
iv “Video Power Index” evaluates the overall success of a TV network's social video campaign. It is calculated by comparing a network's video engagement with all TV Network video content. This value is then set as an index against all U.S. TV Networks. (Does not include Tumblr)
v The percent change in actions metric calculates the growth or decline in total actions in June 2016 compared to May 2016.
*ABC Family was renamed and rebranded as Freeform in January 2016.

Other notable findings include:

The Top Five Networks ranked by Facebook video engagement: ABC (25.2 million actions), Fox News (16 million actions), NBC (10.7 million actions), Univision (7.8 million actions) and Fox Sports (6.6 million actions)

The Top Five TV shows by engagement: SportsCenter, ESPN (78 million actions), Pretty Little Liars, Freeform (33.1 million actions), The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC (29.2 million actions), NBA on ESPN, ESPN (16.2 million actions) and Americas Got Talent, NBC (10.3 million actions)

The Top Five TV Networks on Facebook: ABC (37.8 million actions), Telemundo (34.2 million actions), ESPN (32.9 million actions), Fox News (32.3 million actions) and NBC (23.9 million actions)

The Top Five Networks on Twitter: ESPN (12.3 million actions), Fox News (3.6 million actions), ABC (3.5 million actions), CNN (2.2 million actions) and NBC (2.1 million actions)

The Top Five TV Networks on Instagram: ESPN (93.7 million actions), Freeform (31.5 million actions), E! (11 million actions), Univision (6.8 million actions) and NETFLIX (6.2 million actions)

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