Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead most talked about shows on Facebook in 2015

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Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were the most talked about shows on Facebook this year.

The social media company has released its annual Year in Review list which charts what's been most popular in 2015.

Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Kanye West were the most talked about celebrities.

The top UK trends were the general election, Labour's leadership election and the Paris terror attacks.

TV shows (global)

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US shows dominated Facebook in 2015 with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead top.

They were followed by The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, WWE Raw, The Simpsons, 19 Kids and Counting, Grey's Anatomy, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Orange is the New Black.

Movies (global)

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Unsurprisingly Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most popular film on the social media website.

It was followed by Furious 7, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, American Sniper, Straight Outta Compton, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mad Max: Fury Road, Magic Mike XXL and Pitch Perfect 2.


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Clash of Kings was Facebook's game of the year.

FIFA 15 beat Fallout Shelter & Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Mortal Kombat X and Batman: Arkham Knight to the top spot in the new games category.

Entertainers (global)

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Ed Sheeran was the most talked about entertainer on Facebook over the last 12 months.

His mate Taylor Swift and her new bezzie Kanye West were in second and third spots.

Also on the list were US singer Nicky Jam, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Pitbull, Caitlyn Jenner, The Weeknd and Shakira.

Places (UK)

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Visitors to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour can walk down Diagon Alley from Harry Potter

The most check-ins around the UK were at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, Madame Tussauds and London's 02 Arena followed by Legoland Windsor, Wembley Stadium and the London Eye.

The top attraction outside London was Chester Zoo.

Places (world)

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Mickey Mouse balloons at Disneyland Paris

The top 10 most checked-in places around the world were dominated by Disney and Universal Studios with their theme parks and rides.

Then it was Times Square in New York, the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Siam Paragon shopping centre in Thailand, the Grand Canyon, America's Yosemite National Park, The Louvre in Paris and Central Park in New York.

The only entry in the top 20 from the UK was the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in 11th spot.

Topics (UK)

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Jeremy Clarkson was suspended by the BBC in March after assaulting producer Oisin Tymon

Outside the general election, Labour's leadership election and the Paris terror attacks - the most talked about topics in the UK were the Syrian civil war & refugee crisis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jeremy Clarkson's firing, the rugby world cup, the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, Glastonbury and the Nepal Earthquakes.

Topics (global)

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Hillary Clinton is running to be the Democratic candidate for US president

The most popular subjects talked about in 2015 on Facebook around the world were the US presidential election, the terror attacks in Paris, the Syrian civil war & refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquakes and the Greek debt crisis.

Marriage equality, the fight against the Islamic State group, the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the Baltimore Protests and the Charleston shooting and flag debate rounded off the top 10.

Facebook says last week's shootings in San Bernardino didn't trigger enough discussion to break into the list.

Athletes (global)

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The top athletes around the world this year were Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao after their title fight in May.

They were followed by fighter Ronda Rousey, Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, NBA players Stephen Curry and LeBron James plus US tennis player Serena Williams and footballer Carlos Tevez.

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All Year in Review lists (except Places) were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between 1 January and 1 December 2015. To put these lists together, Facebook posts were analysed in an aggregated, anonymised way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.

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