Celebrities, Politicos, the Super Bowl and The Bible in This Week’s Top 20 Facebook Pages

The predictable mix of celebrities, movies and politicos — and The Bible — round out this week’s list of Top 20 Facebook Pages. This week’s list, from February 1 to 8, shows influences from the Grammys and the Super Bowl, as well as the presidential election in the Philippines.

Top Gainers This Week

Name Fans Gain Gain, %
1.Texas Hold’em Poker10,315,265+1,141,668+12.45
2.Mafia Wars8,188,138+1,014,916+14.15
4.Pepsi – Refresh Everything503,509+203,129+67.62
5.Official Avatar Movie1,330,237+102,784+8.37
6.Barack Obama7,382,220+81,569+1.12
7.Justin Bieber1,645,445+80,713+5.16
8.Lady Gaga5,149,758+77,769+1.53
9.Megan Fox5,685,734+75,350+1.34
10.Dear John929,008+74,976+8.78
12.Michael Jackson10,796,535+71,084+0.66
13.Manny Villar559,513+70,868+14.50
14.Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III595,066+70,789+13.50
17.Shahrukh Khan352,288+64,492+22.41
18.Taylor Swift3,120,853+61,263+2.00
19.The Bible1,457,621+61,123+4.38
20.GILBERT ‘GIBO’ TEODORO, JR.136,999+59,803+77.47

Zynga ruled the top two spots again this week with Texas Hold’em Poker and Mafia Wars and the number 1 and 2 spots, respectively.  In third was the television show “Lost,” which had  a much-anticipated premiered last week; another popular TV show, “Glee,” came in at number 11 this week.

The Super Bowl’s influence was not lost on Facebook this week as Pepsi’s Refresh Everything page landed at number 4; although Pepsi opted-out of Super Bowl advertising this year, the reason that Pepsi did so well the past week may have been because it got mentioned every time the topic of the big game’s commercials came up. Megan Fox, a regular on the Top 20, also starred in a Motorola commercial, boosting her to the number 9 spot. And Gatorade, which has been promoting its product all over its Facebook page the past week in anticipation of the Super Bowl, rolled in at fifteenth.

Avatar” may have lost its number 1 spot at the box office to “Dear John” over the weekend, but James Cameron’s alien saga rolled in at number 5 while the chick flick came in at number 10. “Dear John” opened Friday and, with the help of teenage girls, was able to knock “Avatar” out of its domination of the box office and the romance had te highest opening ever for a movie Super Bowl weekend.

Barack Obama held sixth place.

Musicians were also a big part of this week’s list, likely due to the Grammys last Sunday, where Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift performed and Michael Jackson was honored. Justin Bieber came in seventh, Lady Gaga at number 8, Michael Jackson at number 12 and Taylor Swift eighteenth.

The presidential election in the Philippines has allowed two frontrunners, Manny Villar at 13 and Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III at number 14, to be on the Top 20 for weeks. Now, they are joined by Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, Jr., who closed the list at number 20. The election is May 20, it’ll be interesting to see whether the winner of the election continues to be popular on Facebook after the results are in.

Finally, a mixed bag finished off the list. (RED), the non-profit to fight HIV in Africa, landed at the number 16 spot, probably due to a boost of 62,000 fans on February 6, likely the result of page consolidations. At 17 was the famous Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, whose page got a boost of 57,000 fans on February 4.

The Bible, for reasons unbeknownst to us, landed at the number 19 spot this week after what seems to be really rapid growth that started at the beginning of the month.  A look at the Facebook page doesn’t point to anything in particular that prompted its growth this week.