8 reasons why Twitter is the home of TV conversation

By Gordon Macmillan
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

People on Twitter love television, often have two screens going as they watch, and are influencers on all things TV related. These are some of the findings of a new study on TV and Twitter that again highlights how the platform is the home for TV conversation.

Conversation around TV programming is always happening. You can see it reflected in this chart highlighting the volume of Tweets around ‘Game of Thrones’. And it is echoed in the research conducted for Twitter by IPSOS MediaCT (IpsosConnectUK), which found that 60% of Twitter UK users have a strong interest in TV shows – 20% higher than non-users.

They not only have a strong interest, but they also regularly talk about TV and seek out more content beyond traditional platforms. This means they embrace on-demand services, online votes and TV-related mobile apps.

Twitter users love to talk about TV

One of the things Twitter does so well is bring people together when they watch great TV programmes. Rather than “sitting by yourself to watch, you’re connecting with the wider world”. This insight is underscored by the IPSOS study, which found that 97% of Twitter users have several screens (phone or tablet) on when watching TV.

The social buzz around TV drives people to do several important things. Many of those users (41%) take to Twitter to talk about the programmes they love. The impact of this Twitter conversation is that it prompts people to tune in and watch — with 1 in 3 users saying that they have watched a TV programme just because of Twitter conversation.

That’s something that Darren Childs (@DarrenMChilds), CEO of TV group UKTV, has talked about when noticing that Twitter was increasingly where the audience is to be found.

“We were starting to realise that huge amounts of our audience — and opinion formers around what was good on television — were very active on Twitter,” he said.

So what does this all add up to? According to the study, Twitter is the best platform for TV conversation. With Twitter rated top, the next highest scoring platform received under half the amount the votes that Twitter did.

8 reasons why Twitter is the home of TV conversation

Source: “TV’s tastemakers are on Twitter”. Research conducted by IPSOS MediaCT, December 2014, among 547 users and 453 non-users aged 18–49. Contact Neil Taylor (@Neils_Life) and Lisa Cowie (@LisCowie) for more details.