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Digiday reports that theĀ beloved children's TV seriesĀ Sesame Street, now entering its 46th season, maintains social media profiles for some of its most popular characters.Ā But have these lovable, furry puppets, dreamed up by Jim Henson in the late '60s, managed to find a loyal fanbaseĀ on the Internet?

Yes, they have, and how.Ā AsĀ of press time, Cookie Monster's Facebook pageĀ has aĀ staggering count ofĀ 9.4 million likesĀ ā€” making him nearly 10 times as popular on the social networking site as 2016 presidential candidate andĀ former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's accumulated just 984,286.

The 44th First Lady is not alone. On Facebook, the dessert-loving MuppetĀ also outperformsĀ the New York Yankees (8.3 million likes), Burger King (7.2 million likes), and surprisingly many heavyweight celebrities. (More on them later.)

Cookie Monster is in fact the breakout social media star ofĀ Sesame Street, handily besting ElmoĀ by nearly 3.5 millionĀ likes.


To put the scale of Cookie Monster's Facebook presence into perspective, here's an utterly random selection of 30 actors, musicians, and politicians with verified Facebook pages who ā€” despite being very, very famous ā€” fall short of the Sesame Street character'sĀ achievement.


It's worth noting that, unsurprisingly, Clinton's Facebook is growing at a rate that far exceeds Cookie Monster's. His total page likes are upĀ 0.1% over the last week; hers are up 5.5%.


Also, while theĀ Sesame Street website links only to characters' Facebook pages, seemingly official ā€” albeit unverified ā€” Twitter accounts for some of the show's puppets do exist.

There, Hillary'sĀ dominance is untouchable. The politician presently has more than 3.7 million Twitter followers, outdoing Cookie Monster's paltry 37,121 followers by a factor of 100.


Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.