Thursday, November 11, 2010

The reign of right-wing primetime

From James Hibberd of Hollywood Reporter:
We'll name a hit TV show, and you guess if it's more popular among Republicans or Democrats.

First, "NCIS" — investigating military crimes on CBS. Safe bet conservatives love it, right?

How about ABC's "Desperate Housewives" — a racy soap, female audience? Little more tricky.

Now things get tough: CBS's geeky, atheist-friendly "The Big Bang Theory," Fox's megarated "American Idol," ABC's progressive Emmy winner "Modern Family."

Which of these shows is favored more by Republicans?

All of them.

According to months of data from leading media-research company Experian Simmons, viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV. Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.

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Interesting. Among these 30 shows, I only watch "How I Met Your Mother."


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