Wikipedia:Top 25 Report/February 4 to 10, 2018
Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (February 4 to 10, 2018)
Prepared with commentary by Soulbust
Birds of Play: Unlike last year, a Falcon won during Super Bowl week. Of course, I'm talking about Falcon Heavy (#14), which had its maiden flight conducted by SpaceX on February 6. Elon Musk (#1) is of course the founder and CEO of SpaceX.
Now, let's address the obvious theme one will find throughout this list: Super Bowl LII (#10), the 52nd edition of the Super Bowl (#21). Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles (#2) and head coach Doug Pederson (#17) led the Philadelphia Eagles (#10) to victory over Tom Brady's (#5) New England Patriots (#20). The Super Bowl for the Eagles was the franchise's first, meaning they're now on the List of Super Bowl champions (#9). Other Super Bowl-related articles include the game's half time performer Justin Timberlake (#6) and the Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski (#15). The Cloverfield Paradox (#4), a Netflix film which received praise for its Super Bowl commercial marketing, as well as This Is Us (#22), the game's lead-out program also have ties to the game.
Oh... hey, there's even more sports with the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics (#8) happening this week. This rendition notched 1.23 million page views, an increase from the 2014 event's 1.06 million page views during its opening ceremony week.
For the week of February 4 to February 10, 2018, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes 1 Elon Musk 1,986,094 The best type of billionaire. Sure, he wasn't the Super Bowl MVP, but he was the MVP of the Top 25 Report, and isn't that what really matters? Elon was of interest this week because of that SpaceX company of his conducting its Falcon Heavy (#14) launch. 2 Nick Foles 1,977,688 Named Super Bowl MVP as he led the underdog Philadelphia Eagles (#11) to their first Super Bowl championship over the reigning New England Patriots (#20) dynasty. 3 Travis Scott 1,718,006 La Flame & Kylie Jenner (#7) announced the birth of their baby on February 6. 4 The Cloverfield Paradox 1,632,812 Although director Julius Onah's (pictured) film was applauded for its clever (err clover?) marketing via dropping the film on Netflix mere hours after it was teased in a Super Bowl commercial, it received generally negative reception for the film's actual content. 5 Tom Brady 1,601,211 As a fan of the Miami Dolphins, parity in the NFL, and breaths of fresh air, nothing is sweeter than seeing Tom Brady lose. Although, I guess he already has 5 reasons to not be too upset. 6 if you add Gisele.
Up 14 spots from last week.
6 Justin Timberlake 1,563,698 JT performed at the Super Bowl's half time show. His dancing was phenomenal, but his overall performance did seem to attract a mixed reception, especially when compared to other recent Super Bowl half time performers. 7 Kylie Jenner 1,327,038 Kylie announced the birth of her child this past week, which had many on social media buzzing about and visiting her article. 8 2018 Winter Olympics 1,234,016 The Super Bowl wasn't the only major sports event to occur this week. The 2018 Winter Olympics held its opening ceremony in Pyeongchang County on February 9, so definitely expect this article to maintain high traffic through its closing ceremony on February 25. 9 List of Super Bowl champions 1,163,663 You can add the Eagles to this list now. 10 Super Bowl LII 1,114,569 A rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles. The almost Galactic Empire-like New England Patriots vs. the underdog Philadelphia Eagles. One of the most exciting and competitive Super Bowls from start to finish in a while... and for those in Philly, LII is the Rocky II to XXXIX's Rocky. 11 Philadelphia Eagles 1,058,426 As you may have picked up by now, the Eagles won a rather big game this past week. 41–33, ball game. Fly Eagles, Fly. 12 Altered Carbon (TV series) 864,747 The newest binge-worthy craze to come from Netflix's original output stars Joel Kinnaman (pictured). The show has gotten positive feedback from viewers, and some generally favorable reviews from critics. Haven't checked it out yet, but for someone who's really interested by cyberpunk stuff, I really should. Netflix just seems to have so much nowadays. 13 Black Panther (film) 860,141 The hype is real. Fully expect this article to be in (at least) the top 3 on this report next week, and #1 at the box office this weekend.
Down 1 spot from last week.
14 Falcon Heavy 832,554 Just beautiful. Humanity's really capable of some great things when it tries, huh? 15 Rob Gronkowski 787,439 The star tight end of the New England Patriots drew attention by making some big-play catches in #10, but even more so when word got out that he's considering retirement. With a rather concerning injury history—including most recently a concussion—maybe it's not so bad an idea to hang it up as a 2x Super Bowl champion who is viewed by many as the greatest to play his position in the history of the sport. I hate (in that stupid sports hate way) the Patriots, but I would hate it even more to see Gronk get seriously hurt again. 16 John Mahoney 773,553 The English-American actor best known for his work as Martin Crane on the TV series Frasier sadly passed away at the beginning of this past week. 17 Doug Pederson 762,890 Man, does Coach Pederson have some big ones. So, he called 1 gutsy play, what with calling a trick play to have his quarterback Nick Foles end up catching a touchdown pass, rather than do what quarterbacks normally do: pass the ball. That's incredible on its own. But then he calls a 2nd gusty play, going for it on 4th & 1 on their own side of the field, down a point, with 5 minutes to go!! Both plays are definitely up there in the debate for gutsiest call in a Super Bowl. Doug also caught a beer one-handed that was thrown by a fan during the Eagles' Super Bowl parade. Only in Philly. 18 Deaths in 2018 745,598 This list slowly, but surely found its way on to the list this week. A little over 100,000 page views a day will do it. Still as macabre as ever. Down 10 spots from last week. 19 Padmaavat 632,747 The most expensive Hindi film ever made and one that has attracted no shortage of controversy is still being heavily visited by readers. Down 16 spots from last week. 20 New England Patriots 603,146 The losing team in that big handegg game mentioned earlier. 21 Super Bowl 572,094 So I guess if the biggest game in America has its 52nd edition, people may be interested in the general information about the culmination of an NFL season. 22 This Is Us (TV series) 560,623 For those who don't know, the program that directly follows the Super Bowl on the channel broadcasting the game is called lead-out program. This year, the honor went to an episode of the medical drama This Is Us, starring Milo Ventimiglia (pictured). 23 Cloverfield 549,998 So, with the Netflix release of The Cloverfield Paradox (#4), many readers were intrigued with the Cloverfield franchise as a whole, which started with this here 2008 film directed by Matt Reeves (pictured). 24 Alauddin Khalji 549,993 The second ruler of the Khalji dynasty is the male focus of the love story behind #19.
Down 19 spots from last week.
25 Murder of James Bulger 548,029 James Bulger was 2-years old when he was murdered by two 10-year olds. Those two 10-year olds were released when a Parole Board decision recommended their release on a lifelong license aged 18. Jon Venables, one of the two 10-year olds (now 35) has since repeatedly violated that license. Readers visited the article this past week as Venables pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children for a second time.
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