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Politics and the Shows We Watch

Politics and the Shows We Watch December 8, 2011

From Lisa de Moraes:

What do you think? Accurate?

The list of top indexing shows popular among more left-leaning Democrats includes NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “The Office.”

Also on their Must-See-TV list are ABC’s “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town”; Fox’s “Glee” and “Raising Hope”; and Showtime’s daddy’s-a-drunk-and-hilarity-ensues series, “Shameless.”

They love CBS’s two late-night talkers, David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. They also gravitate toward Conan O’Brien — which may explain why he did so badly when he was hosting NBC’s “Tonight Show” airing directly opposite Letterman: They were splitting the vote!

Meanwhile, “Masterpiece” is the third highest indexing show among liberal Democrats, trailing only the two Comedy Central faux-news programs. “Masterpiece” indexes at a whopping “234,” which means a “Masterpiece” viewer is 134 percent more likely to be a liberal Democrat than the average adult viewer.

It’s one of two PBS programs in the liberal top 25 — the other is “American Masters.”

But before you go all “PBS is soooo liberal” on us: “This Old House” is the second highest indexing show among conservative Republicans. It indexes higher than even “The 700 Club.” PBS has three shows on the Conservative Index List, including “New Yankee Workshop” and “Antiques Roadshow.”

Conservative Republicans, the study says, really seek out shows in which blue-collar folk do stuff — stuff like huntin,’ fishin,’ pawnin,’ loggin’ and fat-farmin’.

Anyway, conservative Republicans go crazy for cable: “Swamp Loggers” and such other Discovery shows as “Mythbusters,” Man vs. Wild” and “Auction Kings”; History’s “Swamp People,” “Top Shot,” “Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy” and “American Pickers”; and BBC America’s “Top Gear.” They also gravitate toward ABC’s “The Bachelor” and the “Dancing With the Stars” results show; NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”; and CBS’s “Hawaii Five-O” and “NCIS.”


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