How wild, you ask?
Well, during the initial airing of the episode at 8pm ET, a grand total of 20 US trending topics were “Community”-related. These were:
15. Troy and Abed
16. Fred Willard
17. American Sword Cooks
In addition to this, “Community” scored two worldwide trends with “#NewJeff” and “Chang.” A total of 1.3 million impressions were gained by the show for its premiere. When you consider that “Community” rarely has more than a few million total viewers (according to the Nielsen ratings, anyway), that is especially impressive.
Why did this happen? “Community” fans have long been an Internet-savvy bunch, and Twitter is a hotspot for the fandom’s activities. Add in the fact that the show has been off the air since last spring — and that the Season 4 premiere was delayed from October 19 to February 7 — and the passion for super-tweeting was there.
But will any of this enthusiasm translate into solid ratings for “Community”s return?