Tubes for Different Boobs

Posted on December 16, 2011


Keeping to my promise of easing up on the more intense political commentary and bringing into the mix, a little more pop-culture observation – I thought I’d briefly review Entertainment Weekly‘s survey of Television Viewers in which they’ve gathered statistics about TV from a partisan breakdown.  I think we already accept the fact that when Republicans and Democrats look for news and opinion, they head in opposite directions – but this deals more with entertainment viewing.  

For me personally, I do not watch much TV at all – but what Television I do watch, only generally conforms to the dichotomy outlined in this survey.   Wait a minute  – that sounds a little too much like the guy on the Dos XXX commercials – what’s his name – ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’?   Anyway, for example, I don’t go out of my way or make it a point to watch The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, but I do find them amusing.  Other shows on the Republican ‘no go’ list that I actually like are;  SNL, The Office, Conan O’Brien, South Park and The Family Guy.  South Park and The Family Guy are understandably, a little off-putting to ‘Evangelical / Social Conservatives’, but what can I tell you – that’s what the remote control is for.

On the other hand, from the habitual viewing list of Republicans, I do not care for or find any interest in ‘The Bachelor’.  In fact, you want to get the same results from me as the interrogators in Gitmo get from waterboarding?  Tie me up and make me watch even 1 episode of that show and I will betray every national secret that I’m privy to and even start making up some crap that’s not true.

Other supposedly ‘Conservative / Republican’ shows that I think suck, are Wheel of Fortune, Dog the Bounty Hunter (sucks on ice) and just have no inclination or interest in any of the CSI derivations and similar shows.  I miss ’24’ though, like crazy.  I was hopping mad when they canceled that show – seriously addicted.

Other than that, I like to catch some College and NFL Football, a little NBA action, Fox News, the History Channel, the Documentary Channel, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, HD Net and this and that on PBS.  I guess PBS reveals me to be the ‘independent minded conservative’ that I am – but for that matter, I do listen to NPR while driving on occasion.  I don’t care to limit my access to ideas and I also feel that I need to keep my finger on the pulse of what is going on with ‘progressives’ first hand as opposed to having someone else filter it for me.

My real TV preferences lie in the direction of those old, wonderful shows I grew up with like Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, the Rifleman, Hogan’s Heroes, the Flying Nun, Gidget (while I’m thinking of Sally Fields!), Sanford and Son, Mission Impossible, the Saint, Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, Three’s Company, Benny Hill, British TV classics and those kinds of things.

Anyway, here are the lists and I would love to know what your thoughts are with respect to how they have categorized these along political lines and where you fit.

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).

Republican / Conservative 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).

Least Liked Democrat Shows:

– 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?

Also: Operation Repo (TruTV), Swamp People (History), Hardcore Pawn (TruTV), River Monsters (Animal Planet), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy (History), Storm Chasers (Discovery), Billy the Exterminator (A&E), Deal or No Deal (GSN), Forensic Files (TruTV), Dirty Jobs (Discovery).

Least Liked Republican Shows:

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).