Karen Quach | October 4, 2021
The Top Halloween Episodes in America
- The Most Searched TV Shows During Halloween in Each State
- The Most Popular Halloween Episodes in America
- Dig into the Data
From Criminal Minds to Friends, Americans love tuning into their favorite show’s Halloween episodes to get in the spirit (and find some costume inspiration, too).
In honor of this lighthearted Halloween content, the TV lovers at USDISH set out to find which shows Americans sink their teeth into based on search volume, viewership, and ratings. Move over Jason and Freddy, there are new Halloween icons in town from these episodes!
Dig into the Data
- Although The Simpsons had 10 out of 15 Halloween episodes on our list, Friends was still the most googled show in the most states during October.
- Like Friends, Stranger Things only had one Halloween episode, but it was the second most searched show in October.
- The premiere of the “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons, which first aired 31 years ago, had the most views at 27.4 million. Friends’ “The One with the Halloween Party” episode was the runner-up with just under 27 million views.
- The Big Bang Theory’s “The Good Guy Fluctuation” premiere was the last on our list for total views at 14.5 million.
The team at USDISH looked at the top 15 episodes on IMDb that were tagged “Halloween,” produced between 1990 and 2020, had over 1,500 votes, and had a rating of 7.5 or higher. From there, we found the episode premiere’s viewership in the TV by the Numbers archive and ranked the shows from most to least popular based on viewership.
To find out each state’s most popular TV show during Halloween, we looked at Google Trends data from October 1–October 30, 2020 to find which show had the greatest search volume in each state.
|North Dakota||Criminal Minds|
|District of Columbia||Stranger Things|
|North Carolina||Stranger Things|
|South Carolina||Stranger Things|
|Arkansas||The Big Bang Theory|
|Delaware||The Big Bang Theory|
|Kansas||The Big Bang Theory|
|Kentucky||The Big Bang Theory|
|Maine||The Big Bang Theory|
|Mississippi||The Big Bang Theory|
|South Dakota||The Big Bang Theory|
|West Virginia||The Big Bang Theory|
|Rhode Island||The Simpsons|
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