A study claims the fantasy program is a liberal favorite – but conservatives would rather watch Supernatural. Does this mean we’re heading for a Clinton landslide?
Of all the things they’re talking about at the Republican national convention in Cleveland this week, one thing not being discussed is Jon Snow becoming the King of the North and Cersei Lannister taking control of the Iron Throne. That’s because, according to a study by E-Score, the GOP is not down with GoT.
According to the study by a company that tracks awareness about TV series, Game of Thrones is Democrats’ favorite show. However, it doesn’t even figure in the top 10 of Republicans’ preferred viewing.
Maybe Game of Thrones just hits too close to home. Perhaps Republicans don’t want to watch a show where a dangerous narcissist has the highest position of power in the land by thwarting more than a dozen rivals. They don’t want to watch Game of Thrones either.
What takes the top slot for Republicans? Supernatural, in which two brothers (named Koch?) try to fight off evil demons who are trying to take control of the world. Hmm, what does that remind me of? Also in the top 10 are Grimm, The Walking Dead and Last Man Standing. Ironically, those were also the subtitles for the final three Republican debates.
The Republicans’ viewing habits put “old” in the Grand Old Party. Supernatural has seen better days, while the top 10 contains four shows on CBS, the most popular and most elderly-skewing network. Maybe their members haven’t figured out how to use a DVR yet. One of those shows is The Big Bang Theory, which is surprising since the party of climate deniers seems to be in love with a show that’s really about science. But it’s also about wonky guys chasing around a hot blonde, which Republicans see just about every time they turn on Fox News.
Democrats, meanwhile, are all over the dial, with ABC the only network to have two shows in the top 10. One of those shows is How to Get Away with Murder, and if you believe the Republican narrative about Hillary Clinton, it would seem that she has certainly mastered that skill.
The Democrats’ top 10 shows are Game of Thrones, The Haves and Have Nots, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Suits, The Walking Dead, How to Get Away with Murder, Dr Who, Empire and Nashville. The Republicans’ 10 favorite shows are Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Scorpion, Arrow, The Flash, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Blue Bloods, Grimm and Last Man Standing.
That said, there’s something fishy about this survey. Supernatural, the tried and true CW show that is about to enter its 12th season, was watched by only 2.27 million Americans last season, while approximately 23 million people watch Game of Thrones. Does this mean the Democrats are heading for an all-time landslide in November?
That OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, which hit a high of 3.6 million viewers in its second season, is the second favorite show of Democrats is also a bit strange. (Perhaps the title speaks to a more tender social conscience?) That ranks it above shows like The Walking Dead and Empire, which gets several times the viewership of The Haves and Have Nots. The Haves and The Have Nots is one of the most popular shows among African American women who are more likely to vote Democrat. That adds up. But all of these shows in the top 10 that have sort of soft ratings doesn’t seem to make statistical sense.
As for E-Score’s methodology, they claim: “E-Score analyzed more than 750 primetime broadcast, cable and streaming programs among Americans of voting age whose political affiliation is either Republican or Democrat and ranked the results for shows described as ‘one of my favorites’ by each group.”
That would seem to mean that the 2.27 million people watching The Supernatural regard it as their favorite show, but most of the 13 million that watched The Walking Dead last season don’t really care that much about it.
E-Score draws a number of conclusions from their survey: that Democrats like sexy shows (How to Get Away with Murder) and Republicans like family-friendly shows (Last Man Standing), that Democrats like ethnically diverse shows (Empire) and Republicans like, um, Blue Bloods. Both parties like The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory, which, with audiences that large how could they not. But the craziest thing about this entire survey that I refuse to believe is that there are people out there, no matter their political affiliation, who would rather watch 10 other shows than Game of Thrones. It has dragons, people. What more do you want?