Oscars soar on Twitter with Ellen DeGeneres

86th Academy Awards
Host Ellen DeGeneres hands out pizza during the Oscars. The pizza delivery and her A-list selfie helped the telecast soar on Twitter.
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Ellen DeGeneres’ mass A-lister selfie and pizza party helped the Oscars rule Twitter. 

The event, televised on ABC, drew nearly 11.2 million tweets from 2.8 million people, according to Nielsen SocialGuide.

The 86th Academy Awards generated 25 times more tweets that the latest episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which saw the next most activity on the social media site. 

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The total Twitter “audience” for the Oscars, meaning the estimated number of people who saw tweets about the event, numbered nearly 14 million.

The self-portrait of DeGeneres with stars including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep, has been retweeted 2.9 million times.

Here are the Twitter TV rankings from Nielsen SocialGuide.  

1. “The Oscars” March 2 (ABC). Unique audience: 13.9 million. 11,163.0 Tweets.


2. “The Walking Dead” March 2 (AMC). Unique audience: 4.8 million. 439,100 tweets.

3. “The Voice” Feb. 24 (NBC). Unique audience: 4.5 million. 329,700 tweets.

4. “Pretty Little Liars” Feb. 25. (ABC Family). Unique audience: 3.9 million. 397,400 tweets.

5. “The Bachelor” Feb. 25. (ABC). Unique audience: 3.8 million. 193,300 tweets.

6. “The Bachelor” Feb. 24 (ABC). Unique audience: 3.3 million. 126,200 tweets.

7. “Scandal” Feb. 27 (ABC). Unique audience: 3.2 million. 584,900 tweets.

8. “Teen Wolf” Feb. 24 (MTV). Unique audience: 2.9 million. 419,600 tweets.

9. “The Voice” Feb. 25 (NBC). Unique audience: 2.5 million. 102,200 tweets.


10. “WWE Monday Night RAW” Feb. 24 (USA). Unique audience: 2.3 million. 256,900 tweets. 


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