If whether you're an Android or iPhone user can tell you something about your political beliefs and priorities, surely party lines can be drawn based on television show preference too. In an annual research survey by Experian-Simmons, prepared for Entertainment Weekly, the preferred television shows were measured by those "watched by the highest concentration of self-identified liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans."
Here are the prime-time shows preferred by those listing themselves as conservative-republicans:
- Swamp Loggers (Discovery) and Top Shot (History):
- The Bachelor (ABC)
- Castle (ABC)
- Mythbusters (Discovery)
- Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Swamp People (History)
- The Middle (ABC)
- The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC)
- The Biggest Loser (NBC)
- Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, The Mentalist (CBS)
Here's the liberal-democrat prime-time favorites list:
- The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
- 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation (NBC)
- The View (ABC)
- Glee (Fox)
- Modern Family (ABC)
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)
- Treme (HBO)
- Cougar Town (ABC)
- The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson(CBS)
Those that were least favored among conservatives included "Weeds," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" -- though it is noted that Stewart ranks higher in terms of dislike compared to Colbert -- and "The Jersey Shore." The ones most disliked by democrats included "Swamp Loggers," "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "COPS" and "CSI Miami."
Entertainment Weekly describes liberals enjoying shows that are "sarcastic media-savvy comedies" and those with "morally murky antiheroes", while conservatives aline themselves more with "serious work-centered shows".
But what of the libertarians? Reason points out that the preferences of libertarians go unanswered, also stating that most shows with a libertarian character are gone.
Find a complete list of liked and disliked shows among both parties here.