Wikipedia:Top 25 Report
Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (July 9 to 15, 2017)
Prepared with commentary by Soulbust
Do not be fooled by the Google Doodle-propelled Eva Ekeblad at #1, because this week's Report was filled up by sports. 12 slots are all about it. The Championships, Wimbledon all about wrapped up this past week (it officially ended outside of this week, on July 16), so a lot of those 12 articles are tennis-related. But leading the way for the sports world was The Notorious Conor McGregor (#3), who's debut boxing bout against Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. (#5) had its press tour hit all four stops during the week. The fight itself also popped up on the list at #11. The sport McGregor is known for dominating, UFC, had its latest event—UFC 213—also appear on the list at #21. And to wrap it up for contact sports, the WWE Great Balls of Fire event (#16) was also held this past week.
Back to tennis, we have British tennis star Johanna Konta at #4, who no doubt ranked this high due to an influence from British readers. Konta would lose to American Venus Williams (#13) in the semifinals of the Women's Singles bracket, and Williams would herself lose to the Venezuelan-born Spaniard, Garbiñe Muguruza (#10). Venus though is only one half of the prominent Williams sisters tennis dynasty; the younger Serena appeared at #23 on the list despite abstaining from Wimbledon due to her pregnancy. Also in tennis, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer (#7), advanced through the tournament, before defeating Marin Čilić to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles bracket on July 16.
Outside of sports, film and television were the heavy hitters this week. Spider-Man: Homecoming came in at #2, with War for the Planet of the Apes (#8) and Wonder Woman (#23) also appearing. Tom Holland (#15) represented film actors this week. Game of Thrones (#20) is the biggest thing in TV at the moment, with much hype surrounding the July 16 debut of its seventh season (#9). Television acting was represented by Nelsan Ellis (#12), but unfortunately because of news of his passing. Relatedly, Deaths in 2017 ranked #14.
For the week of July 9 to 15, 2017, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes 1 Eva Ekeblad 1,588,785 Google Doodle alert! This is the first time in 2017 which an article reached #1 after attracting attention from a Google Doodle, and the first since Antonie van Leeuwenhoek did it back in October 2016. Ekeblad, a Swedish scientist best known for discovering a method to make alcohol and flour from potatoes, received a Google Doodle on July 10 for what would've been her 293rd birthday (y'know if humans could live that long). 2 Spider-Man: Homecoming 1,475,238 Despite increasing by almost 200,000 page views this week, Jon Watts' (pictured) superhero-infused Hughes-influenced high school coming-of-age flick dropped to the #2 spot. Homecoming took a hit in its second weekend at the box office too, so eyes are on if it can level and hold well going forward. 3 Conor McGregor 1,150,548 The Notorious' trash-talking is seemingly attracting more readers than Money's (#5) is. Four press tour stops and no shortage of both hype and controversial statements. 4 Johanna Konta 1,148,737 Up from #22 in last week's rankings, with nearly 800,000 additional page views, British tennis star Konta attracted a lot of interest this past week, as she could have been the first British female to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade did it in 1977. Yeah, unfortunately for her supporters, could have, as she lost to Venus Williams (#10) at Wimbledon's Women's Singles semifinals on July 13. 5 Floyd Mayweather Jr. 983,312 Money Mayweather, like McGregor, talked a lot of trash during the Mayweather vs. McGregor press tour this past week. 6 Aaron Judge 928,174 Baseball's newest star, and who is sure to become the face of Major League Baseball (MLB) for the next decade, became the first rookie to outright win the MLB Home Run Derby on July 10. 7 Roger Federer 847,680 More tennis! Roger Federer spent the week advancing through the Men's Singles bracket at this year's edition of Wimbledon, beating Tomáš Berdych in the semifinals on July 14, setting himself up for a July 16 Finals match against Marin Čilić. 8 War for the Planet of the Apes 774,557 Starring Andy Serkis (pictured) as Ceasar, War opened on July 14 to an estimated $22.1 million opening day gross in the U.S. 9 Game of Thrones (season 7) 723,248 Up 2 spots on the Report, fans are prepping as season 7 is debuting on July 16. Most likely, winter is coming to the top of the list next week. (Daenerys Targaryen actress, Emilia Clarke, pictured). 10 Garbiñe Muguruza 719,402 Playing against Venus Williams (#13), the Venezuelan-born Spanish tennis star won her first Wimbledon championship and her second major overall on July 15. 11 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor 710,219 August 26, people. 12 Nelsan Ellis 701,597 Film and television actor Nelsan Ellis, who's made appearances in Secretariat, The Help, and The Butler, but best known for his role True Blood, unfortunately died on July 8 at just the age of 39. Complications of heart failure was the cause here, due to alcohol withdrawal syndrome after Ellis had been trying to quit drinking in the days before his death. 13 Venus Williams 685,253 The older half of the Williams sisters made it to the Finals of the Women's Singles bracket at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009, after defeating Johanna Konta (#4), but would ultimately lose to Garbiñe Muguruza (#10). 14 Deaths in 2017 666,017 I still find it a little morbid how this list always seems to have a steady 500,000 to 700,000 readers every week. Dropped nine spots from #5 last week, but only down ~13,000 page views. 15 Tom Holland (actor) 619,650 Down 3 spots from #12, but up ~164,000 in views (nearly a 36% increase); Holland portrayed Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Homecoming, and has received critical acclaim for his ability to portray the character like a real high schooler. 16 WWE Great Balls of Fire 575,786 The inaugural and interestingly-named Great Balls of Fire was won by WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (pictured). 17 Planet of the Apes 496,900 The release of War for the Planet of the Apes (#8) has surged interest in the franchise as a whole. 18 Outsider art 476,224 The article drew interest this week after a July 10 Reddit TIL thread which explained: "the term 'outsider art', which describes art by self-taught individuals who have little or no contact with the mainstream art world. Outsider art is often recognized for its childlike simplicity and unconventional ideas. In many cases the artists work is only discovered after their deaths." 19 Bastille Day 473,321 The French National Day, formally called la Fête nationale, was celebrated in French (no duh) on July 14. The day earned additional media attention after the French Army performed a Daft Punk medley in front of French and American Presidents, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, respectively. 20 Game of Thrones 464,585 With season 7 so close, fans were drawn to the general article, probably for a refresher, and newcomers were drawn to it to likely learn about why it's so hyped. 21 UFC 213 456,974 Held on July 8, with Robert Whittaker (pictured) defeating Yoel Romero in the event's Fight of the Night 22 Serena Williams 456,618 And now the younger half of the Williams sisters—steadily viewed throughout the week, Serena's article peaked in views on July 15, the day in which her sister lost the Wimbledon Women's Singles finals. Serena, winner of the Wimbledon Women's Singles brackets in 2015 and 2016, did not participate this year, due to her pregnancy-induced hiatus—which judging by recent pictures, should be ending soon. 23 Wonder Woman (2017 film) 437,715 Patty Jenkins' (pictured) superhero picture drops 17 slots down from #6, but holds strong in terms of page views (down only ~28%) and at the box office, still making solid bank in its seventh weekend. 24 List of most viewed YouTube videos 435,226 After 1,689 days of holding the title, Psy's "Gangnam Style" video was surpassed by the music video for Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's (both pictured) hit single "See You Again" on July 10. It's fitting for Puth, as he started his career out by posting comedy videos and acoustic song covers on his YouTube channel back in 2009. 25 Wayne Rooney 434,285 And we round out the list with more sports. English footballer Wayne Rooney was confirmed to sign where his career all started, Everton F.C., on July 9.
- This list excludes the Wikipedia main page, non-article pages (such as redlinks), and anomalous entries (such as DDoS attacks or likely automated views). Since mobile view data became available to the Report in October 2014, we exclude articles that have almost no mobile views (5–6% or less) or almost all mobile views (94–95% or more) because they are very likely to be automated views based on our experience and research of the issue. Please feel free to discuss any removal on the talk page if you wish.