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Just in time for the election, EW has teamed with research firm Experian Marketing Services to present the favorite TV shows of Republicans and Democrats. Below are dozens of series whose audiences tend to skew heavily toward one political party or the other.

To some extent, the results confirm partisan stereotypes: Dem favorites include snarky comedies like NBC’s Community, Saturday Night Live, and IFC’s Portlandia, liberal-messaging shows such as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom; plus there’s a dash of science-based programming like Fox’s Cosmos miniseries and PBS’ Nova.

While Republican favorites included a large number of business-minded real estate shows (the HGTV channel has five shows on the list), A&E’s red-state reality favorite Duck Dynasty, and some stately crime shows like CBS’ NCIS and Blue Bloods (not to mention GSN’s The American Bible Challenge).

“You definitely can see there are shows on there you would expect for both sides,” said John Fetto, senior analyst at Experian. “And like we saw the last time, shows with strong female leads tend to be strong with liberal Democrats—like Scandal, The Mindy Project, and Homeland. While on the Republican side, we have home-flipping investment shows, but also heavy male-lead shows like Person of Interest, NCIS, Top Gear, and Duck Dynasty.”

Yet there are also unexpected entries, too—like liberals loving Jimmy Kimmel Live! and conservatives really enjoying Syfy’s Being Human and AMC’s post-Walking Dead chat show Talking Dead. For instance, you could probably guess that ABC’s progressive comedy Modern Family would be a Dem hit, but not necessarily expect conservatives to love ABC’s Jewish family comedy The Goldbergs—or CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, for that matter.

Below is the list of TV shows that demonstrated the strongest skewing audience of political partisans. The national poll was in the field for more than a year and concluded last summer, though the results were just recently released. The survey of 25,000 U.S. adults includes entertainment shows (news and sports are excluded from this list). Each list begins with the most heavily skewing programs and then progresses to less-skewing ones. If a show isn’t on either list, it means the series did not demonstrate a strong audience partisan bias. One anomaly in the study is that Fox’s New Girl managed to get on both lists, which Fetto says can happen in the unlikely event that card-carrying partisans of both stripes are partial to the same show compared to unregistered voters or Independents.


Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart* (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report* (Comedy Central)

Community (NBC)

Portlandia (IFC)

Masterpiece (PBS)

The Newsroom (HBO)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

What Would You Do? (ABC)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Modern Family (ABC)

Nova (PBS)

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Scandal (ABC)

The Soup (E!)

New Girl (Fox)

American Masters (PBS)

Fashion Police (E!)

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)

Nature (PBS)

Shameless (Showtime)

The Good Wife (CBS)

American Experience (PBS)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Braxton Family Values (WE tv)

The Simpsons (Fox)

The View (ABC)

Cosmos (Fox)

This Old House (PBS)

Glee (Fox)

The Mindy Project (Fox)

Doctor Who (BBC America)

Homeland (Showtime)

Tamar & Vince (WE tv)

Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

Ask This Old House (PBS)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

Mad Men (AMC)


Rent or Buy (HGTV)

Buying and Selling (HGTV)

Hallmark Original Movie (Hallmark Channel)

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Duck Dynasty (A&E)

Longmire (A&E)

House Hunters International (HGTV)

Love It or List It (HGTV)

Prospectors (The Weather Channel)

Flip This House (A&E)

New Girl (Fox)

Person of Interest (CBS)

The Following (Fox)

Revolution (NBC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)


Being Human (Syfy)

The Blacklist (NBC)

Top Gear (History)

The Mentalist (CBS)

The American Bible Challenge (GSN)

House Hunters (HGTV)

Castle (ABC)

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)

Talking Dead (AMC)

Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Treehouse Masters (Animal Planet)

American Idol (Fox)

The Voice (NBC))

Pawn Stars (History)

Top Gear (BBC America)

Bones (Fox)

American Pickers (History)

Psych (USA)

Giada at Home (Food Network)

Mystery Detectives (HLN)

Intelligence (CBS)

The Goldbergs (ABC)

*Rank from 2013 as Comedy Central’s 2014 data is not yet fully in