Republicans vs. Democrats Favorite TV Shows

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Wow, I must be bad. I've only heard of like 4 or 5 of those shows in the Republican entertainment category...

Republicans vs. Democrats TV: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work -- EXCLUSIVE

by James Hibberd

Republicans don’t watch MTV’s Jersey Shore. But they dig ABC’s Castle.

Democrats don’t like Discovery’s Deadliest Catch. But they swoon for NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Those are a few of the findings from an annual research survey by Experian-Simmons that measures the consumer preferences of various political ideologies. In a report prepared exclusively for EW, the company calculated some of the favorite — and least favorite — TV shows of political partisans. (Specifically: the report measures which shows among the survey group were watched by the highest concentration of self-identified “Liberal Democrats” and “Conservative Republicans.”)

In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives.

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Focusing on well-known cable and broadcast original entertainment series (rather than, say, sports, music, news, repeats), here’s who wins the 2011 prime-time primaries:

LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES:
– The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): As you might expect.
– 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC): Literate media-savvy comedies score high among Dems in general, notes Experian-Simmons senior marketing manager John Fetto. “Sarcastic humor is always a hook for them,” he adds.
– The View (ABC): Shows that skew female tend to do better among Dems, while male-friendly shows tend to do perform higher among Republicans.
– Glee (Fox)
– Modern Family (ABC): Last year, the progressive Glee and Modern Family scored surprisingly strong among both political leanings. Among conservatives this year, the shows still do fairly well, but have dropped out of their top ranks.
– It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)
– Treme (HBO): GOP Kryptonite. Not only a Dem favorite, but so unpopular among Republicans that the report scores the show with a “*” because not enough conservatives in the study group had actually watched it.
– Cougar Town (ABC)
– The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS): Dems favor late-night programming, with one big exception that we’ll see below.

Also in the mix: The Soup (E!), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Adult Swim), Raising Hope (Fox), Saturday Night Live (NBC), The Office (NBC), Project Runway (Lifetime), Shameless (Showtime), Parenthood (NBC), Conan (TBS).

CONSERVATIVE-REPUBLICAN FAVORITES:
– Swamp Loggers (Discovery) and Top Shot (History): Gritty documentary-style work-related reality shows on cable index really strongly with conservative Republicans. Swamp Loggers is particularly polarizing.
– The Bachelor (ABC): They also tend to gravitate toward broadcast reality competition shows.
– Castle (ABC): Ranks fairly high among Dems, too.
– Mythbusters (Discovery)
– Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Swamp People (History): If you’re a Republican candidate looking to raise money, put ads on History.
– The Middle (ABC): Does well among libs, too.
– The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC): “Did you hear about this? Yeah, this is true: Jay Leno is the late-night choice among conservatives… “
– The Biggest Loser (NBC)
– Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, The Mentalist (CBS): Popular crime dramas — except the left-wing Law & Order franchise — tend to draw a conservative crowd.

Also: Dancing With the Stars results show (ABC), Man vs. Wild (Discovery), Auction Kings (Discovery), Wheel of Fortune (syndi), Top Gear (BBC America).

ONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN LEAST FAVORITES:
– Weeds (Showtime): Female-centered drama, lots of drug use and a morally murky antihero help make this show the lowest-ranked series among righties.
– The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): But not disliked equally. Republicans prefer Colbert between the two (maybe some pretend he’s being serious).
– South Park (Comedy Central): Aww, South Park is an equal opportunity offender! But, again, media-darling sarcastic comedies tend to be a turn-off.
– TMZ (syndication)
– General Hospital (ABC)
– Family Guy (Fox)
– Dexter (Showtime): Again, that antihero thing…
– Jersey Shore (MTV)
– The Walking Dead (AMC): Really? But it’s about the Apocalypse!

Also: Divorce Court (syndi), The Big C (Showtime), Let’s Make a Deal (CBS), Bridezillas (WE), My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (WE), Don’t Forget the Lyrics (VH1).

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEAST FAVORITES:
– Swamp Loggers (Discovery): What are they doing on this show, feeding Nancy Pelosi to alligators?
– Dog the Bounty Hunter (A&E) and COPS (syndication): “Question authority.”
– The Ultimate Fighter (Spike TV): Conservatives can make their own “cut and run” jokes…
– The Price Is Right (CBS): Annnnd a budget-crisis joke.
– CSI: Miami (CBS)
– Kitchen Nightmares (Fox): Odd. Who doesn’t like a clean kitchen?
– Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family): Not popular among stalwart Republicans either.
– Ghost Hunters (Syfy), Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel) and The Haunted (Animal Planet): Libs don’t believe in an afterlife? Or just don’t believe in shaky night-vision reality shows that claim to prove an afterlife?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/12/06/republican-vs-democrat-tv/







 
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So under "Middle of the Road" viewers, The Tonight Show is considered a news show, but for Conservatives, all they ever watch is Fox News even though The Tonight Show was among their top viewed in the other list.

My, it smells so rosie in here it's amazing! Not a hint of bull shit anywhere!
 

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How is "Sons of Guns" not number one for Republicans?

And as far as "big fans" of Mythbusters......

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In other news, America as a whole is watching shit television.

I was surprise the Walking Dead was so low on the conservative list also. They should have stuck it out until the backwoods hick became the best character on the show. Then again, it is pretty communist.
 

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Wow, I must be bad. I've only heard of like 4 or 5 of those shows in the Republican entertainment category...
Same here. Numbers 2, 3, 9, and 13 are the only ones I've ever heard of. And what the hell is Barret-Jackson Auction? For the matter what the hell is SPEED?

So under "Middle of the Road" viewers, The Tonight Show is considered a news show, but for Conservatives, all they ever watch is Fox News even though The Tonight Show was among their top viewed in the other list.

My, it smells so rosie in here it's amazing! Not a hint of bull shit anywhere!
Chew on this. Polls continually indicate that roughly 40% of the population identify themselves as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 22% as liberal. Then one would assume that the list of favorite conservative programs should generally be among the higher rated, while the liberals favorite shows should generally be amongst the lowest.
 

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I guess I side considerably more with the liberals when it comes to TV. MOTRers are sad (and quite possibly all female). If one show only in repeats should make a list, it's Seinfeld.
 

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So under "Middle of the Road" viewers, The Tonight Show is considered a news show, but for Conservatives, all they ever watch is Fox News even though The Tonight Show was among their top viewed in the other list.

My, it smells so rosie in here it's amazing! Not a hint of bull shit anywhere!
Where are you seeing that? The Tonight Show is considered "entertainment."

Same here. Numbers 2, 3, 9, and 13 are the only ones I've ever heard of. And what the hell is Barret-Jackson Auction? For the matter what the hell is SPEED?
Speed is a network targeted at the male demo, kinda like Spike TV.

Chew on this. Polls continually indicate that roughly 40% of the population identify themselves as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 22% as liberal. Then one would assume that the list of favorite conservative programs should generally be among the higher rated, while the liberals favorite shows should generally be amongst the lowest.
I think those polls are flawed for a couple of reasons. First I think a lot of people don't really understand what it means to be conservative. They think it means not dressing in flashing clothes or not putting out on the first date. Second, I think "liberal" has more negative connotations than conservative does, so people are under-reporting that.
 

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I think "liberal" has more negative connotations than conservative does
That depends on where one lives. "Liberal" is a badge of honor in Berkeley, California but it's a dirty word in Stuffy-McTampon, Kansas.
 

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Castle rocks and Hawaii Five-O is complete horseshit.
 

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The only people I know who don't like South Park are a bunch of PC fuckos who would happily let Little Barry anally **** their infant children and grandparents.
 

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Careful, I think you stepped in something...:icon_mrgr
These polls are still retarded. No one watches Private Practice as their top rated show. No demographics. You could poll Kate Walsh's family and still not get those results.
 

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as far as the late night show go..

both Leno and Letterman are big Hollywood libs (otherwise they probably wouldn't be allowed a network show), but Leno tends to keep his political leanings aside and is always nice to his guests whoever they are while Letterman is notorious for being an arrogant prick to any Republican or conservative who comes on his show. His monologues are always right off the Democrat talking points too. Leno does as well, but throws in digs at Dems here and there.
 

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These polls are still retarded. No one watches Private Practice as their top rated show. No demographics. You could poll Kate Walsh's family and still not get those results.
I'm not really putting a lot of stock in a poll commissioned by Entertainment Weekly, but I thought I smelled bullshit when Masterpiece Theater came in at number three with the libs. Sounds like something you'd say when you're trying to come off as an intellectual.
 

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LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEAST FAVORITES:

– The Ultimate Fighter (Spike TV)
Not everyone likes The ultimate fighter, but i wonder what the numbers are for the UFC.
 

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They either picked each show they're gonna look at subjectively, or based one which were the most lopsided. Either way, it invalidates the whole thing, because they used their hypothesis in picking out what data to look at. Big surprise that at the end that hypothesis was confirmed by the data that was chosen because it fit the hypothesis. That's why there are so many obscure shows that are targeted at niche audiences on that list: they fit into the theory that the entertainment industry is divided along political lines. Even though, if you looked at the biggest shows, I bet it wouldn't be all that divided. I'm sure Dems watch crime procedurals too.

They should've used the X number most watched shows in the US as their starting point, and told us who watches them. That would've been an unbiased data set. If you made sure to also mention how lopsided each show actually is, then we'd have something to talk about. As it is, just another propaganda piece. I can't be bothered to figure out whether they are trying to say the Republicans are stupid, or that partisanship is bad, or that extremism is horrible, or whatever other point they think they just proved.
 

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That study is bullshit I hate libs and love South Park and Always Sunny. Jersey Shore is fucking retarded though
 

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They either picked each show they're gonna look at subjectively, or based one which were the most lopsided. Either way, it invalidates the whole thing, because they used their hypothesis in picking out what data to look at. Big surprise that at the end that hypothesis was confirmed by the data that was chosen because it fit the hypothesis. That's why there are so many obscure shows that are targeted at niche audiences on that list: they fit into the theory that the entertainment industry is divided along political lines. Even though, if you looked at the biggest shows, I bet it wouldn't be all that divided. I'm sure Dems watch crime procedurals too.

They should've used the X number most watched shows in the US as their starting point, and told us who watches them. That would've been an unbiased data set. If you made sure to also mention how lopsided each show actually is, then we'd have something to talk about. As it is, just another propaganda piece. I can't be bothered to figure out whether they are trying to say the Republicans are stupid, or that partisanship is bad, or that extremism is horrible, or whatever other point they think they just proved.
On top of everything you just said, who gives a shit about which political group watches what? If we were exclusively discussing news shows or something like that, it would be worthy of a study but as it stands currently, this poll carries about as much weight as a study examining which political group prefers which cereal.
 

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They either picked each show they're gonna look at subjectively, or based one which were the most lopsided. Either way, it invalidates the whole thing, because they used their hypothesis in picking out what data to look at. Big surprise that at the end that hypothesis was confirmed by the data that was chosen because it fit the hypothesis. That's why there are so many obscure shows that are targeted at niche audiences on that list: they fit into the theory that the entertainment industry is divided along political lines. Even though, if you looked at the biggest shows, I bet it wouldn't be all that divided. I'm sure Dems watch crime procedurals too.

They should've used the X number most watched shows in the US as their starting point, and told us who watches them. That would've been an unbiased data set. If you made sure to also mention how lopsided each show actually is, then we'd have something to talk about. As it is, just another propaganda piece. I can't be bothered to figure out whether they are trying to say the Republicans are stupid, or that partisanship is bad, or that extremism is horrible, or whatever other point they think they just proved.
Does.Not.Compute. DOES.NOT.COMPUTE!!!

 

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Conservatives are still really stupid. South Park in the bottom 10 even though they did a 3-part episode on what cunty dickheads atheists are.

Libs are the hot group to hate, but never forget what braindead faggots conservatives always were and continue to be.