Every basho, I create a chart that tracks the popularity of the basho on Reddit.com/r/sumo, as measured by the number of daily discussion thread comments. Since becoming a moderator for the subreddit, I can now see the number of unique visitors and page views for the subreddit. Below are five charts that illustrate the popularity of the Natsu Basho 2019 relative to prior basho.
The first chart illustrates the number of comments on each daily post, and it includes the prior four basho. As seen, the Tochinoshin controversy during the Natsu Basho 2019 produced – by far – the most discussion in the subreddit.
Note: The two * indicate that another post in addition to the daily post was included in the comment count, as the Tochinoshin matches of Day 13 and 14 were discussed in their own separate posts. I included popular posts about specific events in the comment count of prior basho, such as Kisensoto retiring, so this does not bias the observations.
The second chart illustrates the number of daily page views and unique visitors between 2/2/2019 and 5/31/2019. Again, the Tochinoshin controversy brought out the spectators!
The third chart illustrates the number of daily unique visitors between 2/2/2019 and 5/31/2019. This gives a clearer view of the blue line in the prior chart.
The fourth chart illustrates the number of monthly page views and unique visitors between 4/2018 and 5/2019. We can see a that the popularity of Reddit.com/r/sumo wildly grew with the Hatsu Basho, and it has stayed fairly consistent since then. Did Kisenosato’s retirement bring a lasting audience?
The fourth chart illustrates the number of monthly unique visitors between 4/2018 and 5/2019. Again, this gives a clearer view of the blue line in the prior chart. While the Natsu Basho 2019 had the most page views, it was the Hatsu Basho 2019 that had the most unique visitors. Interesting!
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