Television maps in the NY Times!
Great resource in the NY Times. There are maps of where the 50 most popular TV shows are most popular and least popular, plus at the bottom of the page you can enter a zip code and see the three most popular and least popular shows in the designated area in which the zip code is located.
I actually don’t find this as useful as the Netflix movie map which appeared in the NY Times a few years ago. The most important trend I observe, which the NY Times chose not to notice, is that people like to watch TV shows about people like themselves.
For example, most of the main characters in “Walking Dead” are white trash people, and we discover that it’s most popular in Appalachia.
There are a whole bunch of shows featuring blacks, and they are all popular in areas with large black populations.
“Teen Mom” is popular in places where I suspect there are a lot of teenage mothers.
“Deadliest Catch,” a reality show on the Discovery Channel set among fishing vessels in the Bering Sea is most popular in Alaska, which borders the Bering Sea. It’s second most popular in Maine and Washington, the two other states in the U.S. that have cold-weather fishing.
“Duck Dynasty,” about a family of country hicks, isn’t popular in urban areas.
I think I also notice a general trend that shows with middle-class white characters are more popular in the northern Midwest but less popular in California.
If you ignore the bias of people preferring to watch people like themselves, there is also a prole/SWPL divide. “Game of Thrones” is a SWPL show, while “Dancing With the Stars” is a prole show.