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Entertainment dominates Wikipedia's most popular pages

Users of the English version of Wikipedia tend to focus their searches around their media consumption, according to an analysis of 2017’s top pages by a group of the site’s editors.

Why it matters: As the Internet’s top repository of information, Wikipedia searches can give us an insight into what intrigues people most — and when. In 2017’s tumultuous political climate, it seems most English speakers wanted to learn more about relaxingly banal matters, like their favorite show on Netflix.

Data: Wikipedia Annual Top 50 Report - 2017; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

The trend: 18 of the year's top 25 pages were centered around film or television content.

  • Viewers of Netflix's "The Crown" and PBS' "Victoria" tend to want to fact check their royal binges, as Elizabeth II's page clocked in at #3 and Victoria's at #13. (In keeping with a fascination with the royal family, Meghan Markle, fresh off her engagement to Prince Harry, also cracked the top five.)
  • Game of Thrones is so popular that not only did the series' main page land at #6, but the individual page for the 7th season managed to eclipse it at #4.
  • Indian moviegoers held a lot of sway as three slots were occupied by Bollywood-related searches, spurred by the Indian box office juggernaut Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (#11).

When people aren't watching TV or movies, they're searching for some of the most popular news topics in the worlds of politics and tech that spiked throughout the year.

  • Examples: Donald Trump (unsurprisingly, #2), Bitcoin (#9), and Elon Musk (#24).

One nihilistic thing: Though the majority of the most popular Wikipedia pages had to do with more light-hearted content, last year’s top page was “Deaths in 2017.”