Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Television in red and blue

Republicans like "Desperate Housewives?" Democrats like "Mad Men?"

So says a recently-released study by The Hollywood Reporter.

Here's what we noticed about their lists of the top 15 shows for each party persuasion:

  • Democrats seem to like pricey premium (cable) channels, whereas most of the Republican shows are on broadcast, basic cable t.v.
  • Republicans seem to favor shows about competition, like "Survivor," whereas Democrats go more for shows where it's not about winning and losing.
  • Twenty percent of the Democrats' top-15 shows feature former 'Saturday Night Live' personalities who poke fun at corporate America and/or public institutions.
  • Democrat-favored shows tend to air later in the evening, whereas many Republican-tending shows air at 8/9 p.m.

We won't get into the reasons behind these observations. We'll let you draw those conclusions yourself.

So, what do you think? Why are some shows more popular than others in Red and Blue demographics? Where do you fall on this list?

Please post a comment below and let us know what you think!


  1. Here's a vote for Mentalist and Big Bang Theory - my personal fav's!!

  2. The GOPers don't appear to like NBC very much. Hmmmm...

  3. Does anyone know if there have been any studies about how political ad placement would fit into this? That would be interesting.

  4. Very interesting premise! Does the GOP enjoy reality shows like "The Biggest Loser?" Now that would be appropriate following the past election in Massachusetts!!!!


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