By now, you have probably heard the news about the new and final season of Suits that will be airing on July 17. The highly popular American series with over 130 episodes will be wrapping up with the final season comprising 10 episodes.
This long-running American series has seen countless cast member changes, including their major cast members. Patrick J. Adams (Michael ‘Mike’ Ross), Meghan Markle (Rachel Zane) and Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) who were original cast members since Season 1, left the show in Season 7. While Jessica Pearson will be featured in her own spin-off of Suits titled ‘Pearson’ (premiering the same day as the final season of Suits), fans can only hope Mike Ross and Rachel Zane make a guest appearance in the final season.
With the departure of some main cast members in Season 7, new additions to the family were made. Dule Hill (Alex Williams), who was a recurring cast member in Season 7, became a regular in Season 8 and Katherine Heigl (Samantha Wheeler) joined the cast in Season 8.
Using our analytics platform, I looked at their Instagram accounts to see if there was an increase in their followers following the premiere of Season 8.
1) Dule Hill (Alex Williams)
The first half of Season 8 ran from July 18 to September 19. His followers increased gradually over the months since July and there was a sudden increase of almost 15k followers towards the end of the first half of Season 8.
I would like to think that this heightened interest in Dule Hill was due to the Fall Finale episode, which featured a high-tension court battle between Samantha and Alex in a bid to secure their position as name partner in the firm.
2) Katherine Heigl (Samantha Wheeler)
Becoming a regular cast on the show has definitely boosted her followers on Instagram, as her account saw a 132.9k growth in July during the month of the premiere. The two months following that also saw a significant growth of 60k and 81.1k respectively.
Even though the series lost valuable members of its cast, three of its all-time favourites stayed on throughout the show – Gabriel Macht (Harvey Spector), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen) and Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt).
Each member has taken to their Instagram to give fans some sneak peeks into Season 9, and I used Popular Chips Analytics Platform once again to see how fans have reacted to these posts.
1) Gabriel Macht (Harvey Spector)
Despite only uploading two sneak peeks, both posts have managed to generate the highest engagement out of all his posts.
In fact, his top post scored a 21.64% engagement, which is much higher than his average engagement rate of 8.64%.
2) Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen)
Over the past month, Sarah Rafferty had been posting a number of ‘behind the scenes’ to the final season. Of the posts, a picture of the first table read for the final season and an official poster for the release of Season 9 snagged the top two places in Sarah Rafferty’s top engagement list.
Both posts also generated more than twice the number of comments as compared to the other top commented posts.
Season 9 must truly be the most anticipated release yet.
3) Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt)
Of the three cast, Rick Hoffman posted the most sneak peeks to Season 9. Looking at his top posts, the sneak peeks to Season 9 rank as his top liked and top commented posts of all time.
Furthermore, his post with the highest engagement sees almost 6 times the likes and more than twice the comments as compared to a normal post.
Looks like fans are truly hyped up about the final season.
With all this talk about the cast, I hope it has gotten you thinking about the previous seasons. Season 8 ended with a bang and Suits fans finally got to witness a ‘Darvey’ moment.
There isn’t much time before the final season airs, so if your memory of Season 8 is a little hazy, you may want to revisit it before July 17. For those of you who are eagerly awaiting the final season, remember to check out the show’s official Instagram account (@suits_usa) for updates and sneak peeks!