I love metrics, so I decided to track my favorite actor’s popularity! Interest in Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, The Station Agent) has grown in popularity steadily since his role in Game of Thrones, a TV adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire.
Live feed of Peter Dinklage’s popularity over the past 12 months using Google Insights for Search, which analyzes search volume patterns over time.
The increased interest (in this case, search traffic) can be due to fans clamoring for an Emmy award for his acting as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Other factors could be any of the latest gossip that afflicts every celebrity, but a good amount of buzz is due to his performance and skill as an accomplished actor.
I’m very pleased that in June 2011, Peter Dinklage surpassed his previous zenith from his role as Trumpkin the Red Dwarf in Prince Caspian, the second Narnia movie.
If you look closely at the last 90 days, you can see that his popularity started climbing on June 5th and just took off. Since Game of Thrones is over for the year, it’s settled down to a dull roar.
Data hounds will probably point to the fact that around early June there was a ton of anticipation for Game of Thrones, Episode 8: The Pointy End, written by acclaimed author George R. R. Martin, author of the series on which the HBO show is based. However, I would point to the existence of this blog, which started keeping tabs on Peter Dinklage in late May. Coincidence? I think not.
Google Trends Snapshots
Google Trends also helps determine popularity of a subject, and scale it in the graph accordingly. 1 is the average score; a 2 in this instance means that popularity (search traffic) means it is twice as popular.
From June 11 to July 11, you can see how popularity was 2x higher earlier in June than late June/July 2011.
Peter Dinklage Popularity in Social Media
Where it really gets fun to track popularity is in Social Media: twitter, facebook, blogs, etc. This is different from the Google charts which show people actively searching for Peter Dinklage content. Social Media tracking looks at who’s talking about him. I like to use SocialMention.com; they track the “strength” and “reach” of topics, among other factors.
Strength is basically how often a topic is mentioned in a 24 hour period. This, in theory, is out of all possible “mentions” in the social media space. Reach, or audience, measures the reach of audience based on the unique authors divided by total mentions. The retweet percentage is the number of retweets divided by total unique authors.
Just in case you were wondering what caused the ups and downs of popularity, I have correlated the recent events in Peter Dinklage’s timeline for you. You’re welcome!
Peter Dinklage on IMDB
The Internet Movie Database has a few things to say about tracking popularity, as well. I don’t have access to IMDB Pro but they do have a STARmeter that tracks how popular a celeb is. The majority of the time, Peter Dinklage has been in the general “Top 500″ crowd, which is still pretty impressive considering this is a mix of actors, directors, and other film-world talent.
On June 18, 2011, a truly historic day, Peter Dinklage was rated #32!!!! I’m pretty sure that the Emmy nomination speculation we’ve been seeing has a lot to do with it. I even screencap’d it, for posterity.
Fans cannot rest until Peter Dinklage gains dominion over all our film, television and theater. We’re so close.