“X Factor 2011” and “Breaking Dawn” fastest-rising Google search terms of the year

The talent show sees biggest year-on-year increase for a TV programme, followed by The Apprentice

The X Factor final may have been watched by fewer people this year than in the previous four years, but new figures released by Google suggest online interest in the show is increasing. 


Search terms connected with The X Factor have topped the list of the fastest-growing TV-related phrases typed into Google in the UK this year.

“X Factor 2011” saw the biggest year-on-year increase in number of searches, with “X Factor USA” in third place, after “Apprentice 2011”.

Meanwhile, “Breaking Dawn”, the title of the two-part third and fourth instalments in the teen vampire movie franchise Twilight, topped the list of fastest-rising film titles, ahead of Final Destination 5 and Mean Girls 2.

Jackass star Ryan Dunn, killed in a car crash in June, was the fastest-rising person’s name searched for, while Charlie Sheen – fired from his sitcom Two and a Half Men after well-publicised problems with drink and drugs, and spats with the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre – was sixth on the list. 

Fastest-rising TV programme

1. The X Factor 2011

2. Apprentice 2011

3. The X Factor USA

4. NCIS season nine

5. House season eight

6. Glee season three

7. Thundercats 2011

8. Big Brother 13

9. Supernatural season seven

10. Smallville season ten

Fastest-rising movies

1. Breaking Dawn

2. Final Destination 5

3. Mean Girls 2

4. True Grit

5. Conan the Barbarian

6. Scream 4

7. The Inbetweeners

8. Little Fockers

9. Transformers 3

10. Unstoppable

Fastest-rising people

1. Ryan Dunn

2. Adele

3. Rebecca Black

4. Ed Sheeran

5. Amy Winehouse

6. Charlie Sheen

7. Steve Jobs

8. Kate Middleton

9. Nicki Minaj


10. Darren Criss