The stretch run of a high-profile murder case in the United States headlined the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings for the second time in three weeks. American second screen viewers were intrigued and informed by Yahoo’s coverage of the George Zimmerman trial last week, while French viewers were highly-engaged in live coverage of the unrest in Egypt and others were entertained during the 10th stage of the Tour de France.
Recent months have seen many high-profile criminal trials take center stage atop news headlines around the world, and CoveritLive has proven to be the preferred means for consuming live up-to-the-minute news reports from the courtroom. CiL has been utilized both as a complimentary second screen experience to televised trials, but also as the main source of live content in trials that prohibited cameras during the proceedings.
The final week of June proved to be a very big week for CoveritLive and Yahoo’s Live Chats during the George Zimmerman murder trial dominated the weekly Social TV rankings. Yahoo News produced five of the top seven Social TV events for the week, while the Australian Football League claimed one spot in the top five and Yahoo Sports’ NBA Draft coverage landed just outside of the top five.
The last week in June has provided several major, compelling news stories in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on several landmark cases and the commencement of the George Zimmerman Trial in Sanford, Fla. have created an appetite for information and CoveritLive has been there to feed the need. The SCOTUS Blog has once again provided up-to-the-minute live blogging of the Supreme Court’s decision and informed the masses, while Yahoo News has provided its own live chat around the rulings, syndicated SCOTUS’s coverage and provided excellent live blog coverage of the Zimmerman trial.
As May rolls on, international events and hockey continued to maintain their stronghold on the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings. The CBC, TV2 and Eurosport all returned to the top-five for the second consecutive week as a pair of hockey games, a reality TV finale, courtroom coverage and a European football championship celebration filled out the weekly ratings.
The first full-week of May saw the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings once again feature an international flavor, while the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) flexed its muscles with a solid week of NHL Playoffs coverage. Live coverage of a Norwegian politician’s trial took a spot in the top five for the third-straight week and Formula 1 racing re-entered the rankings along with live snooker coverage to headline the week.
The end of April and the first week of May saw a group of events from five different countries register solid events to fill out the top five in the weekly CoveritLive Social TV rankings. Live coverage of a marquee criminal appeal hearing, a pair of boxing matches, a reality television dance contest and a semifinal Champions League football match rounded out the stellar group to comprise the weekly top five.