White Walkers

Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were giant shows globally, but the fantasy epic conquered the zombie thriller in search.

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Small screen, big picture

This year Game of Thrones beat fierce competition from Sherlock, Orange Is the New Black and the breakout series True Detective. Starring Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey and Oscar-nominated Woody Harrelson as detectives Rust and Marty, the show achieved both critical acclaim and the highest TV spike of 2014.

A year of great characters

Game of Thrones had a hero in search but was seriously challenged by a super geek from The Big Bang Theory.

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'jon snow'
'sheldon cooper'

Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington, is a major character in all five seasons of Game of Thrones. Steward of the Night's Watch, he was the second highest spiking character across all TV shows in 2014.

The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, famed for his high IQ, was the most searched character in global TV this year. Jim Parsons' portrayal of the pedantic physicist has won him three Emmys.

And the 2014 king of chat is...

Jimmy Fallon was consistently searched more than his rivals, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. But the queen was Ellen DeGeneres, who topped them all after hosting this year's Oscars.

"John, I am a ridiculous man, redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship."

Sherlock delivering Watson’s inspired best man speech from The Sign of Three. Sherlock was the most searched TV show from the UK in 2014.

Daily dose of drama

The biggest soap in search was Avenida Brasil, which hails from the South American country. Launched only two years ago, the telenovela has been distributed to 124 countries across the world.

Our favorite kids shows this year:

  1. Arthur
  2. Ben 10
  3. Adventure Time
  4. Barney
  5. Teletubbies
See the 2014 lists

'where is downton'

The second highest searched question about the award-winning period drama, filmed on location in Berkshire, England.

Up next

We even got excited about shows yet to air. Better Call Saul and a remake of cult classic Twin Peaks are set for 2015, but of all the newbies, Captain America spin-off Agent Carter spiked highest.