Google’s trending searches list last week has thrown up surprising results and Donald Trump is again on the top though the TV show garnered more than 24 million viewers on the Fox this week.
The Grand Old Party
With 10 candidates on stage for the prime-time event, Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate debate did seem quite a bit like a party. An estimated 24 million people tuned in to watch the broadcast on the Fox News Channel (a record for the network, and cable TV, it turns out), and searches for “Republican debate” topped 5 million.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump claimed the “most searched” position in the days before and hours after the event, and held on to the spot for nearly all of the debate itself, save a few appearances from Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham.
Some of the most searched issues during the debate include education, taxes and abortion all took turns in the top spot, said Megan Slack, who has posted the blog for Google this week.
All good things come to an end, and this week the world said goodbye to Jon Stewart — at least as host of The Daily Show. Airing just moments after a debate that was ripe for Stewart’s particular brand of editorializing, Thursday night’s show was his last. Searches for the host topped 500,000 this week.
The Doctor is in
Artist turned producer turned mogul Dr. Dre gave us all a gift this week — his first new album in 16 years. Compton — which Dre iscalling his grand finale — is self-reflective and grand in all the best ways, and dripping with appearances and collaborations from generations of other artists. It also brought in an impressive 200,000 searches.
Makeups and breakups
Continuing what seems like a very common theme this summer, the week’s trending searches had no shortage of celebrity couple gossip. Jennifer Aniston, who pulled off a surprise backyard wedding to Justin Theroux, made the list with 200,000+ searches.
The world panicked as more than 100,000 searches came in following news that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were divorcing — news that turned out not to be true at all, according to the couple. Reba McEntire, however, is definitely separating from her husband triggering another 100,000+ searches for that news, as are Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (200,000+ searches) — and there’s no doubt about that one, either, says Slack, who searched this week for Japanese candy delivery among others.