Favorite TV Shows of Conservatives vs. Liberals

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs rules!

Do you love “NCIS” but loathe “Mad Men”?
You may be a Conservative or Republican!
Ideas are important. What we believe, what we hold dear, and how we see the world constitute the very core and essence of who we are. So it’s not surprising that Americans’ political and ideological differences translate into television viewing differences as well.
James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter reports via Reuters, November 10, 2010, that based on months of data, the leading media-research company Experian found that these shows are more popular among Republicans/conservatives than among Democrats/liberals:

These shows are more popular among Democrats/liberals:

  • AMC’s “Mad Men[I knew there’s a reason why, despite all the critical accolades, I’ve instinctively avoided watching this show. LOL ~Eowyn]
  • FX’s “Damages
  • Showtime’s “Dexter
  • HBO’s “Entourage” 
  • AMC’s “Breaking Bad
  • NBC’s “30 Rock

But it’s not like Republicans have something against cable shows: The GOP has plenty of love for “White Collar,” “Pawn Stars” and “American Chopper.” John Fetto, senior marketing manager at Experian Simmons, explains: “Looking at the Democrats’ side, I don’t mean to make light of it, but they seem to like shows about damaged people. Those are the kind of shows Republicans just stay away from.”
Here are the most popular Republican vs. Democrat TV shows:

Most interesting is that finding that viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV — yet more evidence that a majority of Americans are Conservative! Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, 9 were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.
Reporter James Hibberd has this observation:

“But if you look at the list of broadcast shows that are Republican favorites, it closely mirrors the Nielsen top 10 list, whereas Democrats tend to gravitate toward titles likely to have narrower audiences. To Hollywood, the data suggest a potentially disquieting idea: The TV industry is populated by liberals, but big-league success may require pleasing conservatives.”

Too funny!

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0 responses to “Favorite TV Shows of Conservatives vs. Liberals

  1. So republicans are more likely to watch the “lamestream media”…

    • Can’t you even read? Look again at the list of most popular TV shows. Do you see a single “lamestream” network TV NEWS show among the most popular shows of Conservatives and Republicans? Or are you so stupid you don’t know the distinction between MSM (referring to news) and primetime TV entertainment shows?

  2. heck i guess if your brain dead you would need someone to tell you what to think. throw the tv out the window (network 1976). in both columns there isnt a show that i watch regularly i watch beck once in awhile but where is the history channel or south park or jeopardy.

    • Geesh, Igor, you must be a load of fun at parties. LOL
      I watch shows like “NCIS,” “Doctor Who,” “Doc Martin,” “Foyle’s War,” and the new superb “Sherlock” because I enjoy it, not because I’m looking to be educated!

  3. I’ve never watched any of the D shows, not a one. I’m surprised Two & a half men are listed on R side…Never could stand Sheen. A drugged up lib who is highest paid actor on tv who beats his wife…loser!

  4. Ye Gods! You hit the nail right squarely on the head…Your Republican list could have been written for me! Great read!

  5. i’ve watched Dr. Who for many years following several different actors portraying Dr. Who.. Monty Pythons flying circus is always entertaining, Fawlty Towers, the deadliest catch, dirty jobs, pawn stars, pickers, history channel, orange county choppers, futurama, the simpsons, southpark, family guy, bugs bunny show, bullwinkle and rocky, nova, and last but not least my very own TV show on the cable access channel

  6. You take polls way too seriously. But you are a republican so that should be expected.

    • Poor non-gender specific “B. Sanders.” You’re so ignorant and confused, you don’t even know the difference between a Republican and a conservative. Tssk, tssk. Why do you think we hunt RINOs here?

  7. ‘yet more evidence that a majority of Americans are Conservative!’
    or Republicans just watch more TV…

    • I believe that would have to come from a separate set of data. This data focused on the types of shows, not the the number of viewers.

  8. Yup, to quote many a left/liberal:

  9. Dexter may be a ‘damaged’ person, but on the other hand he basically champions his own form of capital punishment, and explicitly champions the moral virtue of an eye for an eye. Not exactly liberal.

  10. “Most interesting is that finding that viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV — yet more evidence that a majority of Americans are Conservative!”
    The author must have flunked logic and/or statistics in college. .
    This info says that either more conservatives watch television and/OR there are are more conservatives in the US than liberals.
    I think the former.

    • Oh Jo…I feel sorry for you! Eowyn flunked logic? You are about to be schooled tomorrow am about the depth of her logic, as well as her credentials.
      Maybe us cons do watch more tv..that’s cuz many libs are sitting in momma’s basement, jerking off w/their DailyKooks…

    • Hey, JoAnn, how nice of you to drop by, just to hurl insults. The fact is that for 16 years, I taught a course on Epistemology (translated for you, the word means “nature of truth claims”) and Statistics to undergraduate and graduate students. Since you are woefully ignorant, I will state the obvious:
      There are 4 domains of truth claims:
      1. Empirical (sensory, factual)
      2. Metaphysical (the supernatural)
      3. Normative (value judgments)
      4. Analytic (Math and Logic)
      Now, let me take you through the steps of my logical reasoning:
      1. The biggest hits on TV mean the TV shows that are the most popular, i.e., have the biggest numbers of viewers — which translate into large population numbers, of tens of millions of people.
      2. The viewers of the most popular TV shows tend to be Republicans/conservatives.
      3. Therefore, there are many more Republicans among TV viewers.
      4. Therefore, to the extent that TV viewers are representative of the American population (and every evidence we have is that Americans watch TV), Republicans/conservatives constitute a majority of both TV viewers and the population at large.
      And the plain fact (empirical domain of truth claims!) is that Conservatives do make up the single largest ideological group in America — at 40% — whereas Liberals are a distant minority, at only 21%. That’s the Gallup Poll.
      You can wipe your supercilious sneer off your face now.

  11. lately i have been watching “bones” really good crime drama criminal anthropologists. last movie i saw “sucker punch” steve if you like a good action movie with young women as the hero high heels not much clothing carrying a semi automatic rifle this is the movie for you.

  12. I am decidedly Conservative and enjoy the Mentalist, CSi, House, Dexter, Suits, the History Channel, Forensic Files, Breaking Bad, C-SPAN, Castle, Covert Affairs, Nat Geo, Supernatural and Criminal Intent but hate reality television, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and any show that soap boxes…As per “comedy”, 30 Rock is asinine and The Big Bang Theory embarrassing. Exactly what point is being made? The network shows that are lean conservative are Bones, NCIS, the Mentalist,CSI, Blue Bloods, Suits, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice and any others that support free enterprise, small government, support our troops, don’t kowtow to Islam , don’t race bait,do not demonize gun ownership, don’t revere celebrity and do support Israel.

  13. Surprised. I thought The Big Bang Theory would be a show for Liberals. I personally watch it and enjoy it. I am a conservative and republican. However when I see characters talking about sex often (to the point it gets annoying) and Penny slut life, Howard & Haji subtle homosexual attraction I thought that would annoy most conservatives. It does not bother me, other the fact that it just shows in my opinion how liberals can be so unhappy as any strict conservative they criticize so much. In my opinion the lack of family union can actually cause people to appear more lost and unhappy in life than many conservatives actually.

    • it’s kinda interesting, many of the shows more enjoyed by conservatives portray people and lifestyles that would seem more liberal in nature, like “Modern family”, which portrays 3 different familes, at least 2 live a somewhat liberal lifestyle (gay, and childless with hot latina wife). Big Bang theory features athiest Scientists, another group most likely to be liberal in mindset. 2 and a half men kinda, a creative type who has parties and sex all the time, something a typical conservative might not engage in (Although a con is more likely to be portrayed as a drunk vs the Liberal Stoner portrayal).
      I guess, we find Liberals funny!


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