Already missing Steve Carell: Tracking tweets about The Office

With Steve Carell’s final episode of The Office coming up later this week, we’ve been tracking tweets about the show to see what people are saying about Carell’s departure and the show’s future. (In case you haven’t noticed, we really love what Twitter can tell us about how people watch television and what they think about their favorite shows.)

As you might know, Steve Carell has played the character Michael Scott throughout the first seven seasons of The Office; Michael is one of the main characters on the show. Since Carell announced that he would leave the show this season, people have been talking about what will happen to the show without him. NBC has gone to great lengths to bring on a slew of guest stars for Carell’s final episodes, including celebrities like Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, James Spader and Ray Romano. This has led to all kinds of speculation about who will replace Carell and how his replacement will (or won’t) measure up.

Over the past week, we’ve tracked tens of thousands of tweets about the show. Many viewers are sad that Michael Scott will no longer be on The Office – seriously, more than 10% of all the tweets we’ve tracked about his departure include words like “cry”, “tears” and “sad”. But lots of fans are open-minded, even optimistic, about the show’s future. In fact, very few people have expressed a desire to stop watching after Steve Carell leaves; so far, less than 1% of all tweets about the show mentioned not watching The Office anymore after this season.

What do you think? Are you a fan of The Office? Will you continue to watch after Steve Carell leaves? We’re continuing to monitor these tweets, so we’ll post an in-depth analysis after Carell’s final episode airs on Thursday.