Have you ever wondered which television shows are popular in the Midwest, but not the coasts? Or wondered where Duck Dynasty is number one versus where Modern Family is?
Well, thanks to the New York Times, now we can see for ourselves just which shows do best where. They put together an interactive map featuring some of the most popular tv shows around the country. It’s an interesting look at the general tastes and preferences throughout the country, highlighting a cultural divide in different regions of the U.S.
The Times gathered the information for the maps by looking at shows people liked on Facebook based on their zip codes. Furthermore, the map data divides into three groups — urban areas, the suburbs, and rural areas. In the end, the results allow easy understanding of how those three groups differ in their TV watching preferences.
Where Duck Dynasty is Popular
As you may or may not have guessed, Duck Dynasty is most popular amongst those the South and Heartland states. The Robertson family’s reality series is most popular in their home state of Louisiana and surrounding states. However, the show is not nearly as popular on the West Coast or the Northeast. One could probably guess that the Robertson’s Christian values resonate with the majority conservative South and Heartland states, where folks understand the Robertson’s lifestyle better than someone from a more urban area.
Where Modern Family is Popular
Meanwhile, a show like Modern Family, which depicts a diverse fictional family in California, is ironically most popular along the West Coast and Northeast. By contrast, Modern Family is least popular in the Southern rural areas of Kentucky and Mississippi. If you live in rural America, you may not necessarily find jokes about plastic surgery and wheatgrass shots to be all that humorous. But, as they say, to each their own.
The maps highlight 50 of the most popular shows on television. So there’s plenty of time to see which shows are most and least popular in your town or city.