Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


August 31, 2012

Targeting voters? We've got your TV shows


If it's Mild Republicans you're trying to sway, CBS's "Rules of Engagement" is where they gather in the highest concentration.

On-the-Fence Liberals, however, are as plentiful as wildebeest at a Botswana watering hole on BBC America's "The Graham Norton Show."

And you'll never guess what show has the thickest concentration of Green Traditionalists: "Lizard Lick Towing" — the truTV "actuality" series about Ron and Amy Shirley and their vehicle repossession company in Lizard Lick, N.C.

And if "Lizard Lick" ad time is all sold out, buying time on TLC's "Extreme Couponing" is nearly as good. Strangely, there's not an environmental show in the top 20 list, unless you count PBS's "Nova" at No. 19 — and maybe truTV's "Storage Hunters" at No. 14. Green Traditionalists do not converge in big numbers around scripted TV programming, it would appear.

Super-Democrats, on the other hand, can be found in abundance watching Showtime's drunks-can-be-cute-too drama "Shameless," ABC's family comedy "Modern Family" and HBO's sex-and-swords drama "Game of Thrones," among other scripted programs making that group's top 20 list.

Ultra-Conservatives, meanwhile, like the "Today" show (especially the hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda), and ballroom dancing on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (especially results night). Also doing well with that group: CBS's "NCIS."

Mild Republicans prefer FX's "Sons of Anarchy," as well as the syndicated "TMZ," even though it's mostly about Hollywood celebrities. This political group is also drawn to fishin' ("Deadliest Catch"), prospectin' ("Gold Rush") and pawnin' ("Pawn Stars").

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