TV Viewing Habits & the Cultural Divide

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    Alfredo_T
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    The New York Times recently published an analysis of the popularity of 50 television shows (based on how frequently they are “liked” on social media sites). The article is here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/26/upshot/duck-dynasty-vs-modern-family-television-maps.html?WT.mc_id=2016-KWP-AUD_DEV&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&kwp_0=302296&kwp_4=1169511&kwp_1=532257&_r=0

    In general, the article says, tastes are divided among urban centers, rural areas, and “the extended Black belt,” which primarily encompasses the South.

    #27112
    LurkingGrendel
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    Teen Mom is most popular in Kentucky.

    I’ll just let that stand on it’s own.

    #27116
    paulwalker
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    Interesting stuff here. “Bones” seems to win the Northwest.

    One of the few pop culture shows that I like is “Catfish” on MTV. I know I am not in the demo, but I do find it to be a very craftily produced show that is thoughtful and provocative. It also glimpses into the human psyche like few other shows have done in recent years. It somewhat serves as a travelogue, certainly not to PBS standards, but does go out of the way to show viewers different parts of the country. I kinda like that.

    #27119
    Alfredo_T
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    I was somewhat surprised to see the strong popularity of Law & Order SVU in the Black Belt. Perhaps, that is because the show stars Ice-T in the role of Finn. I am more surprised that the show is not that popular in the Western states (I like the surprise endings of Law & Order episodes).

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