Television and Politics Dominate This Week’s Top 20 Facebook Pages

Television shows dominated this week’s list of Top 20 Facebook Pages, a list we compile with the help of our PageData tool, which counts the number of fans joining a Page weekly. Six of the 20 spots were taken up by TV shows, the top two by Zynga, a couple by chick flicks, three each for sports and politics and a few other Pages helped by consolidations on April 15 and 21 were also mixed in.

On a side note, we delayed the publication of our list this week due to f8 coverage, so the list covers the last 7 days.

Top Gainers This Week

Name Fans Gain↓ Gain, %
1.Texas Hold’em Poker17,323,551+329,222+1.94
2.Mafia Wars11,895,159+181,629+1.55
3.Family Guy3,017,587+136,552+4.74
4.LETTERS TO JULIET161,893+135,722+518.60
5.Antanas Mockus390,290+110,883+39.69
6.Eat Pray Love235,707+104,673+79.88
7.Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III1,341,938+98,294+7.90
8.Partido Verde312,840+96,395+44.54
9.Lady Gaga6,076,521+94,070+1.57
10.House3,353,507+83,882+2.57
11.South Park3,768,249+68,360+1.85
12.Starbucks6,529,952+68,281+1.06
13.Türk Bayrağı3,527,183+66,930+1.93
14.Two and a Half Men1,839,701+62,902+3.54
15.The Office1,398,797+62,020+4.64
16.Anything About Guns200,903+61,009+43.61
17.Manny Villar1,241,794+60,723+5.14
18.Lost1,998,328+60,000+3.10
19.FC Barcelona1,600,524+54,477+3.52
20.GALATASARAY=1905391,759+54,044+16.00

Zynga’s Texas Hold’em Poker and Mafia Wars still reigned at the number one and two spots, respectively, this week. Growth of these fan Pages for Zynga’s popular games has not gone unnoticed by the company, which thanked fans on the Poker Page on Saturday for helping to make it the largest fan Page on Facebook.

Poker added 562,500 fans to its 17.3 million tally on April 15, but had otherwise steady growth even as the game was giving away camcorders and iPads to fans. Mafia Wars is now pushing 12 million fans and also experienced a spike on April 15, of 148,400 fans.

In third place on the list was the popular satire “Family Guy” which added more than 136,000 fans as of a week ago to surpass 3 million fans; many of these came from a 39,300 spike on April 15 and another spike of 92,200 on April 21. Medical drama “House” was tenth on the list, adding almost 84,000 since this time last week to have more than 3.3 million fans now, almost 63,000 on April 21. The show also debuted an iPhone app on April 12.

More television shows followed.  “South Park” was at number 11, experiencing big jumps of almost 57,000 and 36,000 on the aforementioned days, although on April 14 the show aired its 200th episode, too. Comedy “Two and a Half Men” came in at fourteenth place, experiencing a jump of about 73,000 combined during the two consolidation periods, although the show’s star Charlie Sheen has been making appearances in the gossip rags due to martial problems recently.

The Office” took the number 15 spot, growing more than 63,000 between the jumps to almost 1.4 million fans and “Lost” came in at number 18, growing almost 66,000 with the consolidations and almost passing 2 million fans.

There were plenty of politics or politics-related Pages on this week’s list, too, because big elections are set for May.

Colombian presidential candidate Antanas Mockus’ Page was fifth this week, experiencing a huge spike of 134,400 fans on April 15, adding a big chunk to his total fan base of more than 390,000. Mockus is the former mayor of Bogotá, a candidate with the Green Party and has a really well-designed Facebook Page that rivals many others we’ve seen. The Colombian Green Party’s Page joined the candidate on our list this week, taking the number 8 spot, adding more than 96,000 fans in the past week to its 313,000 total, probably partly due to anticipation of the May 30 election.

Filipino politicians Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III, the frontrunner in the May 10 presidential election, took the number 7 spot, growing steadily after a 91,500 bump on April 15, adding to a total of more than 1.3 million. His rival, Manny Villar, took the number 17 spot, receiving a nudge of more than 79,000 fans on the same day with a slightly lower tally of 1.2 million fans.

And a Page called Anything About Guns took the number 16 spot, adding 43,700 fans on April 15, growing more than 61,000 in the past week but with just 201,000 fans. The Page is part of a gun club in Columbia, South Carolina that is now a social forum for people to share their opinions about firearms and hunting.

Two chick flicks took some of the top spots, too, with “Letters to Juliet” at number 4 and “Eat Pray Love” at number 6. Both films are romantically themed and feature popular female actresses and have been aggressively running ads on Facebook home pages for several weeks.

In the case of “Letters to Juliet” it was interesting to note that the Page, which added the bulk of its 162,000 fans during the past week or so, has been promoting its MySpace page to Facebook users to register to win a trip to Italy.

It’s curious this promotion wasn’t offered on Facebook, perhaps speaking to one of MySpace’s few advantages over Facebook currently: entertainment. “Eat Pray Love” also added a big chunk of its 236,000 or so fans in the past week, despite the Page’s creation in early March.

Finally, sports and Turkey made up an interesting component of the list this week. Not only was the Turkish flag Page, Türk Bayrağı, at number 13 with steady growth after an April 15 nudge of 51,700 fans, but the Turkish sports club and football fan Page GALATASARAY=1905 took the number 20 spot. The flag Page added more than 67,000 fans to its total of 3.5 million fans and the football club added more than 54,000 to grow to almost 392,000. Another football club, FC Barcelona, added 54,500 fans to a total of 1.6 million.

Two popular Pages that also made the list this week: Lady Gaga at number 9 and Starbucks at number 12. Gaga was busy this week with concerts and other projects and added more than 94,000 fans to surpass 6 million fans.  Starbucks added more than 68,00 fans with pretty steady growth.