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By Serendipodous

Summary: The arrival of the final season of Breaking Bad, arguably the most critically acclaimed TV series since The Wire, has spurred interest across the board, with two entries in the top 10. A Google Doodle to celebrate the birthday of physicist Erwin Schrödinger gave entries for both the man and his ill-used cat. This week was also another banner week for Indian viewers, with four India-related topics in the list, including no. 1, no doubt aided by the celebration of that country's Independence Day on August 15.

For the full top 25 list, see WP:TOP25

For the week of August 11 - 17, the 10 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the report of the 5,000 most trafficked pages* were:

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes
1 Draw (chess) B-class 950,240
The stalemate in chess became a topic of discussion in India when Chess Grandmasters Baskaran Adhiban and Parimarjan Negi both drew during the 2013 Chess World Cup in Norway.
2 Breaking Bad B-class 881,759
The final season of this acclaimed chemistry teacher-turned-Scarface TV series began on August 11.
3 Erwin Schrödinger Start-class 871,286 The Austrian physicist, founder of quantum mechanics and originator of the somewhat disturbing thought experiment that bears his name got a Google Doodle to celebrate his 126th birthday on August 12.
4 Chennai Express C-class 822,516 This Bollywood action-romance has broken records at the Indian box office, becoming the first film to make ₹1 billion ($16.3 million) in four days.
5 Facebook B-class 720,633
A perennially popular article
6 Schrödinger's cat C-class 685,484
The world's least fortunate and most perplexing hypothetical kitty bent many minds and continued to stump the human race in his simultaneous existence and lack thereof, thanks to the honor paid to his creator by Google.
7 Independence Day (India) Good Article 485,948
The 66th anniversary of Indian independence in 1947 was celebrated on August 15.
8 List of Bollywood films of 2013 List 459,693
An established staple of the top 25 makes a reappearance in the top 10.
9 The Conjuring (film) C-class 446,658 James Wan's latest ghost story (reportedly based on true events) stormed the US, taking $70 million in its first week, and is now closing in on $200 million worldwide.
10 Breaking Bad (season 5) List 440,418
People will want to keep up with the show, which means this won't be the last time we see this here.
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What would be an appropriate word, other than using draw again? Serendipodous 15:13, 26 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
split-point would be the term I would use, although it is fairly jargoney.Tazerdadog (talk) 03:52, 27 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
In addition, the page view stats for Chess is ... unusual. [1]Tazerdadog (talk) 02:41, 28 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]
I agree, it is suspicious, but there is at least a plausible reason for it to have been a topic of interest for that one day. Serendipodous 08:09, 28 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]


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