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Virgin Media has launched The Hotlist, a measurement tool designed to identify the most popular and talked-about TV shows of the minute.

The TV, home phone and broadband provider has created a new way to measure social chatter, as well as live TV, catch-up, on-demand and recorded viewing.

In the May 2013 Hotlist, The Graham Norton Show and Britain's Got Talent shared the number one ranking with a score of 7.00, ahead of Doctor Who and the FA Cup final (6.00).

BBC talent show The Voice UK occupied fifth place jointly with the Eurovision Song Contest (5.33), with The British Academy Television Awards, The Ice Cream Girls, The Apprentice and The British Soap Awards completing the top ten.

The Hotlist - which takes into account viewings across the whole month of May - has been verified by Chris Skinner, Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics.

He said the algorithm "goes beyond standard viewing figures" to draw on new kinds of data, which provide "richer insight" into the impact of TV programmes.

"The approach enables the strength of the audience to be measured and explored in three separate dimensions, views, engagement and sentiment, or for these three dimensions to be combined in a simple summary way," Professor Skinner explained.

Nick Forward, Director of TV at Virgin Media, said the firm has been helping families keep up with their favourite shows for "many years".

"With TiVo, we are helping people find the very best content available, whilst the rise of social media and second screens is also fuelling a whole new wave of engagement with TV through friends and social circles online," he stated.

"The Hotlist looks to capture that buzz and provide insight into what’s hot on TV right now.”

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