Thirty percent of the articles are due to the death of Hef. Hefner himself placed at #1, his wife at #2, and his first child six spaces below at #7. As far as entertainment goes, the debut of Star Trek: Discovery placed it at #3, It at #4, and Kingsman at #10. In addition, Megan Markel, a fruit of rumors got pushed up to #8. Disasters (#5) and Deaths (#6) went hand in hand again with one just above the other.
For the week of September 24 to 30, 2017, the 10 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
|1||Hugh Hefner||4,399,770||Hugh Hefner died last week, ending the life of an icon. Born during Prohibition in 1926, Hefner grew up in a "conservative, Midwestern, [and] Methodist" family, of which he would become the antithesis. In 1952, he left a job at Esquire after he was denied a $5 raise and founded Playboy (originally Stag Party). The first issue (featuring Marilyn Monroe (whose crypt would later neighbor his)) sold over 50,000 copies, and signaled the beginning of a culture. Playboy and Hefner played an important role in the sexual revolution, really embodying the change. The magazine's circulation shot up, peaking at around 7 million in the 1970s. A progressive independent, hated and reviled by many, yet idolized by others, Hefner died on September 27, 2017. Whether you loved him or hated him (and, really you did one of the two), 'Hef' was the embodiment of a culture, revolution, and a generation. In the words of Hefner himself "In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined a sweeter life."|
|2||Crystal Hefner||976,094||The wife of Hugh Hefner (see above) was one of Hefner's many love interests. Hugh, 60 years her senior, married Crystal in 2012. They remained married until Hugh Hefner's death in 2017.|
|3||Star Trek: Discovery||928,582||Presenting the 7th exciting series about a group of travellers Star Trekkin' across the universe. The first new Star Trek series to be broadcast since 2005 debuted on CBS on September 24. Stars of the series include Sonequa Martin-Green (pictured) as the protagonist Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as alien Saru; and hello to Jason Isaacs, popping up as USS Discovery captain Gabriel Lorca.|
|4||It (2017 film)||911,385||"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Those immortal words echo the theme of It, a record-breaking horror movie which released on September 8, 2017. Unadjusted for inflation, it is the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all-time, the highest-grossing horror film internationally and the second highest-grossing horror film overall after The Sixth Sense. It is also the highest-grossing horror film of 2017, the second highest-grossing R-rated film of 2017, and the 11th highest-grossing film overall of 2017. The film has been generally positively received. Taking place in the '80s, It brings us back, and some people to for the first time to the 'Golden Years'. "What a good time it was to be afraid."|
|5||Puerto Rico||787,694||The 10th most intense hurricane ever struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. The island was devastated, suffering widespread flooding, power loss to millions, approximately 80 percent of the territory's agriculture was lost, 34 people died, and billions of dollars of damage were suffered.|
|6||Deaths in 2017||742,109||The morbid interest of Wikipedia users remained prevalent this week as ever|
|7||Christie Hefner||701,326||Christie Ann Hefner, the child of 'Hef' has followed in her father's footsteps, previously serving as Playboy Enterprises Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She is also involved in advancing womens rights, freedom of speech–freedom of the press issues and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.|
|8||Meghan Markle||685,043||As rumors and gossip swirl around Markle's maybe, possibly, upcoming engagement to Prince Harry, the actress, model and humanitarian kept dropping hints, leading to a 24/7 'Engagement Watch' by the tabloids.|
|9||Lyle and Erik Menendez||671,611||The premier of Law & Order True Crime: The Menéndez Murders about Lyle and Erik Menendez murdering their parents in 1989 led to a resurgence of interest.|
|10||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||631,951||The 2017 action film released on September 20 to mixed reviews. The movie has currently grossed about double its operating budget, and has left me feeling increasingly out of touch with current events, as the only reason I even knew this film existed is Channing Tatum, and that its trailer is set to a Frank Sinatra song.|
- This list excludes the Wikipedia main page, non-article pages (such as redlinks), and anomalous entries (such as DDoS attacks or likely automated views). Since mobile view data became available to the Report in October 2014, we exclude articles that have almost no mobile views (5–6% or less) or almost all mobile views (94–95% or more) because they are very likely to be automated views based on our experience and research of the issue. Please feel free to discuss any removal on the Top 25 Report talk page if you wish.
- For the full top 25 list, see Wikipedia:Top 25 Report/September 24 to 30, 2017.