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The Great British Bake Off finale achieved 156,000 tweets during its 8pm-9pm broadcast last night.

The flagship BBC2 show has also seen a steep rise in audience figures over its 2013 season, achieving 9m viewers during its finale, up from 6.5m who watched the crowning of last year’s winner.

Although an assured move to BBC1 and a 32.6% audience share is a huge success, perhaps The Great British Bake Off's greatest legacy is highlighting our changing viewing habits and how Twitter is transforming the way we watch TV.

Twitter and TV: second screening partners

According to SecondSync, 109,000 GBBO related tweets were sent during last year’s Great British Bake Off finale.

This year there has been an increase of nearly 50,000.

This increase was achieved with help from the official Great British Bake Off Twitter account, which encouraged the sharing of photos and opinion with its 60 tweets during the broadcast.

Other notable revelations during this one-hour time frame:

  • There were 80,674 unique users. 
  • 71% were female.
  • The peak TPM (tweets per minute) was 6,824, which occurred around 8.55pm, as the winner was announced.

Also helping to achieve this figure were the verified accounts from Marks and Spencer and Elle Magazine commenting on the GBBO hashtag hoping to catch a little bit of traffic for themselves.

SecondSync also highlights the year on year rise for ITV’s The X Factor.

2013’s opening episode saw a similar rise of 50,000 tweets on the previous year’s opening episode, totalling 552,399 tweets during its 75 minute length.

As you can see the demographic is skewed more 50/50, and the TPM is slightly more evened out across the episode, without the peak figure that GBBO saw at 8.55pm.

This is probably down to the format of the shows themselves, without a 'thrilling' vote-off at the end of the Saturday night showing of The X-Factor there is less of a peak.

Zeebox

53% of adults currently admit to interacting with another form of media while they watch television, this is more than double last year’s figure of 24% who admit to second screening.

Many companies are seeking to take advantage of our wandering attention; one of them is Zeebox, covered in more depth in this post.

Zeebox seeks to directly link the viewer, the TV show they’re watching and the mobile device in their hand by providing real-time programme information, direct social sharing with Twitter and Facebook, further interactive polls and competitions and in-app purchases.

Although as Sky has a 10% stake in the product, Zeebox is only available for Sky TV programming, so there's a few barriers to overcome before Zeebox can hope to match Twitter’s social TV glory.

Facebook

Noticeable for its absence from any of this social TV conversation is Facebook. That’s because… well frankly, Facebook isn’t very good at it. 

Hashtags, the very bread and butter of Twitter interactivity, just don’t work on Facebook.

Facebook also doesn’t show user content when searching for specific subjects, only branded content, which largely seems to miss the mark in a way that Twitter immediately addresses with up-to-the-second user updates.

All of this adds up to the sad fact that Facebook just can’t beat Twitter for social TV.

Check out this post for more key stats on Twitter’s relationship with TV and download our Twitter for Business Best Practice Guide.

Christopher Ratcliff

Published 23 October, 2013 by Christopher Ratcliff

Christopher Ratcliff is the editor of Methods Unsound. He was the Deputy Editor of Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via Google+ and LinkedIn

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JD

Whilst it is undeniable that second sreening is on the up - the first point about GBBO is a little misleading. Yes, there were 50,000 more tweets this year but there were also 2.5 million more viewers! If you break it down to a 'tweet to viewer' level, there were 60 tweets to every viewer last year, but this year that dropped to 58 tweets to every viewer - so despite the increse in brand involvement, has there actually been a decline?

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