(CNN) - The vice presidential debate "out-buzzed" Hollywood's biggest nights on Facebook, but wasn't nearly as popular as the presidential debate last week.
According to Facebook's "Talk Meter" analysis, Thursday's debate gained more momentum on Facebook than the 2012 Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, but when comparing it to three political events – the first presidential debate and both parties' political conventions – Thursday night's debate paled in comparison.
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Facebook's "Talk Meter" calculates the jump in buzz surrounding an event, and assigns a number to the event's magnitude on a 1-10 scale. While it doesn't measure sentiment, it provides a ranking of which topics are gaining the most steam among Facebook's 160 million U.S. users.
Facebook "Talk Meter Scores
1. Super Bowl 2012 - 8.62
2. First presidential debate - 8.18
3. NFL Ref Issue - 7.04
4. Democratic National Convention – 7.09
5. Republican National Convention – 6.82
6. Vice Presidential Debate - 6.79
7. 2012 Academy Awards - 6.74
8. 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - 6.67
9. 2012 NFL Kick-Off game - 6.1
10. Paul Ryan VP Announcement 5.21
Between the two vice presidential candidates, Joe Biden reigned over Paul Ryan as the most talked-about on Facebook. Biden was mentioned 36% more than Ryan, a stark contrast to the rest of the campaign season, where Ryan was mentioned significantly more.
According to CNN's Facebook Election Insights of the past 30 days, Paul Ryan averages 248,701 daily unique mentions, while Biden only averages 47,835. Ryan has amassed over 4.3 Million Facebook fans since he was announced as Romney's running mate on July 11, while Joe Biden's page has less than half a million fans, despite being the sitting vice president.
Other top terms on Facebook included Biden's memorably used words "my friend" and "malarkey," as well as the issues of abortion, jobs, military, Medicare and Libya.
The term that saw the largest percent increase from before the debate was Syria, which grew 325,900%.
The states that buzzed about the candidates the most were mostly Southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia. Washington, DC and Delaware, Biden's home state, also saw a lot of Facebook activity.
For more raw data, visit CNN's Facebook Election Insights.