Wikipedia:Top 25 Report

Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (November 22 to 28, 2020)Edit

Prepared with commentary by Benmite and Igordebraga

⭠ Last week's report


I would instruct readers of this list to pick their heads up, but, for better or for worse, The Crown shows no signs of slipping.

If you were looking to see what new trends and names were making headlines this week, you might be disappointed to find that most of the items here have just moved up or down from last week. As mentioned then, whenever a new season of The Crown comes out, the Top 25 bows down. What we forgot to mention was that this tends to go on for several weeks, simply because, like the royal family itself, The Crown gets people talking. However, some notable exceptions do show up, chief among them being the Argentinian soccer icon taken from us far too soon this week due to a heart attack, who rightfully takes the number one spot.

We also have POTUS #46's pick for secretary of state (#10); an American holiday where everyone goes into a food coma and tries to forget that they're living on stolen land (#11); an event in which people pretend to fight each other and other people pretend to be mad that people like watching people pretend to fight each other (#22); a Trumpian conspiracy theorist, because god forbid we get a week off from hearing about them this year (#24); and two television series, one new (#20) and one old (#25) being streamed a lot, but clearly not as much as the other two (#7, #17) on this list.

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Diego Maradona   5,362,266   2020 already had the death of the father of the greatest Argentinian woman,[1] and now the country's greatest sports hero is gone too. "El Pibe de Oro" was an idol for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona and S.S.C. Napoli, and also single-handedly helped Argentina win the 1986 FIFA World Cup (the "handedly" part being true of one of those goals, which "Dieguito" claimed to have scored with "my head and the hand of God"), making him certainly the second best footballer ever, enough to have his own religion! His death at the age of 60 certainly owed to decades of substance abuse, particularly cocaine.
2 Donald Trump   2,732,729   Ugh. Come on. Again?

I mean, what more is there to say? The guy lost. You all know who he is.

The one light at the end of the tunnel of Trump’s big mouth that we saw this week was that his administration finally agreed to let Biden begin transitioning into his role as POTUS, but other than that, same old stuff.

3 Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon   2,006,553   Few shows inspire people to research its subjects like the Netflix show The Crown. And we start off with four women, with only the protagonist herself, HRM The Queen, not being dead in 2020. And most views actually came for her late sister (died in 2002 of a stroke), though Elizabeth surpassed her famed daughter-in-law (expect in the next seasons that fatal 1997 car crash - even if showrunner Peter Morgan already made a movie about it) and the UK's first female Prime Minister (also a stroke, in 2013).
4 Elizabeth II   1,940,571  
5 Diana, Princess of Wales   1,726,210  
6 Margaret Thatcher   1,617,267  
7 The Queen's Gambit (miniseries)   1,355,752   It's also on Netflix and has a royal title, but has no aristocrats, only chess!
8 Charles, Prince of Wales   1,350,155   Back to The Crown, only this time with men, #4's first born (played by Josh O'Connor), and her husband (Tobias Menzies).
9 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh   1,126,458  
10 Tony Blinken   994,625   After serving in the position directly under the Secretary of State from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Blinken has risen exactly one rank to become the United States Secretary of State under 46. Yippee!

Oddly enough, this page is actually a redirect to the main page for the next United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, which shows up all the way down at number 338 on the list this week. Must be pretty popular for so many people to personally know him as Tony. Maybe the Tonez knows so many people because of his musical alter ego, ABlinken... no, seriously, that's not a joke!

11 Thanksgiving   920,285   For the first time, the feast holiday that serves in the US as a countdown for Christmas has not entered the Report's top 10, in spite of higher views... and possibly COVID cases for those who still decided to travel home? (on the other hand, the ensuing shopping sprees skipped the list)
12 Anne, Princess Royal   895,602   From now on, there will be many people from The Crown, only not consecutively. For starters, #4's only daughter...
13 Anya Taylor-Joy   872,151   The star of #7, who earlier this year had the much delayed release of a movie where her character wields swords, talks to a dragon, and fights a Demon Bear, only now Taylor-Joy wields chess pieces, chases the dragon, and fights the Demon in a Bottle (or is it Demon Elephant?).
14 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall   846,164   ...the long-time mistress of her son (#8) and the reason why his marriage to #5 fell apart...
15 2020 United States presidential election   832,778   In the latest chapter of #2's petty unwillingness to concede, he spent $3 million on a recount that only served to give Biden 132 extra votes in Wisconsin. (one more money waste for him!)
16 George VI   827,013   ...her father, who only appeared in the show's first season...
17 The Crown (TV series)   813,399   And we'll never be royals
It don't run in our blood
That kind of luxe just ain't for us
We crave a different kind of buzz
Let me be your ruler
You can call me queen bee
And baby, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule
Let me live that fantasy
18 Deaths in 2020   812,259   Let's remain on the same artist:
I don't ever think about death
It's alright if you do, it's fine
We gladiate but I guess
We're really fighting ourselves
19 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma   719,421   ...her husband's (#9) uncle...
20 The Undoing (miniseries)   699,021   HBO was about to finish off this mystery psychological thriller miniseries where Julia Roberts is a therapist whose life starts to collapse.
21 Edward VIII   681,443   ...her uncle, who was briefly king before #16...
22 Survivor Series (2020)   673,113   WWE's latest pantomime, which featured The Undertaker's retirement ceremony.
23 Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex   659,986   ...and her youngest son.
24 Sidney Powell   657,794   This conspiracy theory-endorsing attorney managed the feat of being willing to help the claims of election fraud (#15) yet somehow such a nutcase that #2's legal team has formally distanced itself from her!
25 The Mandalorian   650,170   Netflix always dominates, but now there is finally room for the one reason to keep a Disney+ subscription, the show keeping Star Wars afloat through a bounty hunter and his Baby Yoda.


ExclusionsEdit

  • 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.
  1. ^ No, not that one. Although if the comments here show anything, she's partly responsible for people conflating Maradona with Madonna.