You Are What You Watch
Some of this is obvious. Conservatives watch Fox; liberals watch MSNBC.
But who’da thunk you’re making a political statement when you tune in to Mad Men or Dancing With The Stars?
In general, Republicans watch TV shows that are huge in the Nielsen Ratings. And they like reality shows — American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, etc. Democrats like programs that are critically acclaimed but have shitty ratings: Mad Men, 30 Rock.
I can truthfully say I’ve never watched any of those retarded reality shows. I had no idea this had any political relevance, but ever since Survivor and Big Brother came out in 2000 (which begat Fear Factor and all the rest of that drivel, IMHO) I’ve thought the whole concept was too dumb for words.
Republicans’ love for conformity and being on the “winning team” sometimes trumps their “family values” rhetoric. Modern Family and Desperate Housewives are favorites among Republicans.
Democrats like shows where the main characters are clearly flawed and show their dark sides. I’ll cop to that. Police dramas are generally more popular among Republicans, with the exception of Law & Order: SVU, which is more popular with Democrats. And yes, I like SVU. You can’t get any more flawed and/or eccentric than the main characters on that show. I also like CSI: New York. That fits the pattern too, since it’s the least popular of the CSI programs.
This article has a list of the top fifteen shows for Democrats and Republicans.