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Tweeting goodbye to Michael Scott on The Office

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Yesterday marked Steve Carell’s last episode portraying Michael Scott on The Office. Preliminary Nielsen ratings show last night’s episode of The Office earned a 4.1 rating and garnered more than 8 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched episodes of the season.

We tracked nearly 40,000 tweets about The Office and Michael Scott yesterday. These tweets reached a potential audience of more than 15 million people. During the east coast airing, tweets peaked around 1,100 a minute (compared to a peak of about 100 tweets per minute in last week’s episode).

Tweets about The Office on Thursday, April 28, 2011 (all times are displayed in PDT)

The big spike occurs in the hour of 6:00pm – 7:00pm PDT (9:00pm – 10:00pm EDT), when the episode aired in the Eastern and Central time zones. Approximately 80% of the U.S. population lives in these time zones, so a majority of the live domestic audience was watching during this hour. By comparison, the smaller spike at 9:00pm PDT included 2,546 tweets.

Tweets about Michael Scott and Steve Carell on Thursday, April 28, 2011

We separately tracked tweets specifically about Michael Scott (and/or Steve Carell), which saw a sustained high volume throughout the day. There were 35,460 total tweets yesterday, reaching a potential audience of 15.57 million. Most of these tweets were either quotes from Michael Scott (including 2,068 “that’s what she said” tweets) or fans talking about how they would miss Steve Carell on the show and how sad they were that he was leaving.

The most retweeted tweet came from @Lord_Voldemort7, which received 921 retweets and generated 1,166,149 impressions.

The tweet that generated the highest exposure was from @EW, which received 35 retweets and generated 2,045,163 impressions.

Overall, it was a pretty highly tweeted event, but not even close to some of the highest tweet volumes we’ve seen, even for a television event. For example, our friends at Mass Relevance tracked more than 4 million tweets about the British Royal Wedding last night. Of course, Steve Carell’s last episode on The Office doesn’t exactly compare to the international, once-in-a-generation pageantry of a royal wedding. Regardless, fans responded positively to Michael Scott’s farewell and seem optimistic about the future of The Office. Michael Scott left a big hole that won’t be easy to fill. That’s what she said.

Written by Jenn D

April 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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Already missing Steve Carell: Tracking tweets about The Office

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With Steve Carell’s final episode of The Office coming up later this week, we’ve been tracking tweets about the show to see what people are saying about Carell’s departure and the show’s future. (In case you haven’t noticed, we really love what Twitter can tell us about how people watch television and what they think about their favorite shows.)

As you might know, Steve Carell has played the character Michael Scott throughout the first seven seasons of The Office; Michael is one of the main characters on the show. Since Carell announced that he would leave the show this season, people have been talking about what will happen to the show without him. NBC has gone to great lengths to bring on a slew of guest stars for Carell’s final episodes, including celebrities like Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, James Spader and Ray Romano. This has led to all kinds of speculation about who will replace Carell and how his replacement will (or won’t) measure up.

Over the past week, we’ve tracked tens of thousands of tweets about the show. Many viewers are sad that Michael Scott will no longer be on The Office – seriously, more than 10% of all the tweets we’ve tracked about his departure include words like “cry”, “tears” and “sad”. But lots of fans are open-minded, even optimistic, about the show’s future. In fact, very few people have expressed a desire to stop watching after Steve Carell leaves; so far, less than 1% of all tweets about the show mentioned not watching The Office anymore after this season.

What do you think? Are you a fan of The Office? Will you continue to watch after Steve Carell leaves? We’re continuing to monitor these tweets, so we’ll post an in-depth analysis after Carell’s final episode airs on Thursday.

Written by Jenn D

April 26th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

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