‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ trends higher than ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Voice’ in 2012

Honey Boo BooCall it what you want, whether it be the success of a smash hit or a sign of the apocalypse. Regardless, at the moment viewers are making it very clear they they are loving “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” enough to actually search for it regularly on Google.

The popular search engine released their annual zeitgeist list of 2012 showing the top trends around the world, and there were some major surprises that both show us as North Americans how arrogant we are about our entertainment, while at the same time just how shockingly popular a child star by the name of Alana Thompson really is. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was the highest-ranked American show on the list at #3, while the top honors went to Brazilian shows “BBB12” (their version of “Big Brother”) as well as “Avenida Brasil.”

As for some of the other familiar shows on the list, they include the likes of “The Voice” (#4), “American Idol” (#5), “Game of Thrones” (#6), “Homeland” (#7), and “Revenge” (#8). Despite it being one of the most-popular series on Twitter, the American version of “Big Brother” did not make the cut, and neither did the highest-rated scripted shows on TV (at least in the ad-friendly 18-49 demographic in “The Walking Dead” or “The Big Bang Theory.”

So why did Honey Boo Boo chart so well? The real reason we think of is simply shock value. Much in the way that America used to be obsessed over “Jersey Shore” and “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” they look up news on the pint-sized beauty pageant to see what people are saying about her. You may not like the show or its star, but this proves yet again that it is hard to deny its popularity.

If you want to vote for Honey Boo Boo as the Best Reality Star of 2012, you can do so over at the link here.

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