Google Zeitgeist 2012 Salutes 'Honey Boo Boo,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' and...'Chuck!?'

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January 1st, 2013

I had some fun ringing out the old year by perusing Google's 'Zeitgeist 2012', essentially a "Best of Google" view of the year. There were some interesting results. You can segment by country or see results for the whole world.

Here in the United States I was (sadly) not surprised at all to see Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as the top-trending TV show or to see American Idol was the most-searched TV show. Some of you might be surprised that Breaking Bad came in as the third most-searched TV show, but Chuck coming in as the #9 most-searched TV show in the USA surprised even me.

Sure, I'm guessing for purposes of calculating 'most-searched' Google probably didn't distinguish between 'Chuck TV Show,' 'Chuck Norris,' 'Chuck Berry' and 'Chuck Barris,' but it was still fun to see.

Television is just a tiny sliver of what's available in Zeitgeist 2012, but if you feel like saying goodbye to 2012, it's worth a look.

  • Lilys87

    Well being a hardcore chuckster, I can’t be so surprised. Chuck was and still is a beloved show that had its series finale in 2012.

  • James

    Season 1-2 of Chuck is must see tv. The other 3 seasons range from…well, jump the shark but watchable.

  • RJ

    Not surprised by Breaking Bad. I just started watching the show two weeks ago (now on season three) and the show is great!

  • Hillbilly

    Robert Seidman better not make Honey Boo Boo mad or she won’t visit the site. ;)

  • Oliver

    Sure, I’m guessing for purposes of calculating ‘most-searched’ Google probably didn’t distinguish between ‘CHUCK TV Show,’ ‘CHUCK Norris,’ ‘CHUCK Berry’ and ‘CHUCK Barris,’ but it was still fun to see.

    I suspect Google’s methodology is more complex than that, otherwise NBC’s ‘Whitney’ would be near the top thanks to Whitney Houston’s death.

    In addition, Pretty Little Liars also beat Chuck, despite having pretty similar ratings, so it’s not that surprising.

  • Fake Me Out

    I suspect that ‘Chuck’ made the list because a lot of people who happen to be poor speilers were surching for porn.

  • ERICinHB

    CHUCK rules, no doubt about it, this show needs to come back in some form.

  • Robert Seidman

    @Oliver: indeed. excellent point about Whitney/Pretty Little Liars.

  • Gloria

    Chuck was amazing!!
    Too bad it has been canceled so quickly :(

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