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Most Popular Reality TV Shows By State

Stacy Jones | December 20, 2016 at 6:36 AM
Stacy Jones

Shock Waves Felt Around Your State

Did you know that there is actually a way to tell what viewers' favorite TV series are - by state? It makes sense that people flock towards ideas and beliefs that may mirror the communities they live in, but CableTV.com has taken it one step further to pull back the curtain on what shows are hot - where.

So take comfort in knowing that neighbors and family members alike are tuning in to the same shows in a big way.  Or twitch your nose in disbelief - as certain reality shows can be a bit eyebrow raising.  In this blog, Hollywood Branded shares what are the top three reality series in each state, so brands can better target their core consumers through product placement in these, or similar series on a regional basis.


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They Like WHAT?!?

CableTV.com went in and analyzed IMDB (we LOVE IMDB - and use www.imdbpro.com on a daily basis) and Google Trends to find the top shows by each state.  The research concluded that viewers basically like to watch reality series that align with their general interests of their states.  So take a look below, and let us know if your state is spot on - or dead wrong in your opinion!

This is what CableTV found:  "Generally, viewers love to indulge in reality shows that reflect their own regional interests. Many of the popular reality TV shows in each state reinforced regional stereotypes and clichés. People in the South seem to enjoy watching the redneck branded, gun-toting Robertson family from Duck Dynasty. States infamous for polygamy embraced Sister Wives as their own, while those in the harsher New England climates preferred to test their skills with Survivor."


The States & Their Top 3 Favorite Reality Series

Arizona

  1. Keeping up with the Kardashians
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Shark Tank

Arkansas

  1. Duck Dynasty
  2. Naked & Afraid
  3. American Idol

Alabama

  1. American Idol
  2. Naked & Afraid
  3. Duck Dynasty

Alaska

  1. America’s Got Talent
  2. Big Brother
  3. The Apprentice

California

  1. Keeping up with the Kardashians
  2. Ru Paul’s Drag Race
  3. Project Runway

Colorado

  1. America’s Next Top Model
  2. The Apprentice
  3. The Bachelor

Connecticut

  1. The Apprentice
  2. Long Island Medium
  3. America’s Next Top Model

Delaware

  1. Long Island Medium
  2. Shark Tank
  3. The Apprentice

District of Columbia

  1. The Apprentice
  2. Project Runway
  3. America’s Next Top Model

Florida

  1. Shark Tank
  2. Real Housewives
  3. Dancing with the Stars & The Apprentice

Georgia

  1. Love & Hip Hop
  2. Real Housewives
  3. American Idol

Hawaii

  1. Project Runway
  2. Vanderpump Rules
  3. American Idol

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Idaho

  1. The Apprentice
  2. Big Brother
  3. America’s Got Talent

Illinois

  1. Shark Tank
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Hoarders

Indiana

  1. Hoarders
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Dancing with the Stars

Iowa

  1. The Bachelor
  2. Hoarders
  3. Dancing with the Stars

Kansas

  1. Hoarders
  2. The Bachelor
  3. Dancing with the Stars

Kentucky

  1. 19 Kids and Counting
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Duck Dynasty

Louisiana

  1. Real Housewives
  2. American Idol
  3. Duck Dynasty

Maine

  1. America’s Next Top Model
  2. Hoarders
  3. Survivor

Maryland

  1. The Apprentice
  2. Project Runway
  3. Supernanny

Massachusetts

  1. Project Runway
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Dance Moms

Michigan

  1. Hoarders
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Shark Tank

Minnesota

  1. The Bachelor
  2. Hoarders
  3. Project Runway

Mississippi

  1. Duck Dynasty 
  2. Love & Hip Hop
  3. Naked & Afraid

Missouri

  1. American Idol
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Hoarders

Montana

  1. Hoarders
  2. Naked & Afraid
  3. America’s Next Top Model & The Apprentice

Nebraska

  1. The Bachelor
  2. Shark Tank
  3. Keeping up with the Kardashians

Nevada

  1. Pawn Stars
  2. Shark Tank
  3. Keeping up with the Kardashians

New Hampshire

  1. Supernanny
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Shark Tank & Dancing with the Stars

New Jersey

  1. Shark Tank
  2. The Bachelor
  3. Real Housewives

New Mexico

  1. Hoarders
  2. Keeping up with the Kardashians
  3. Project Runway

New York

  1. Ru Paul’s Drag Race
  2. Mob Wives
  3. Long Island Medium

North Carolina

  1. American Idol
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Real Housewives

North Dakota

  1. The Voice
  2. Teen Mom
  3. The Bachelor

Ohio

  1. Dancing with the Stars
  2. Hoarders
  3. The Apprentice

Oklahoma

  1. Naked & Afraid
  2. Shark Tank
  3. Duck Dynasty

Oregon

  1. America’s Next Top Model
  2. Project Runway
  3. Hoarders

Pennsylvania

  1. Dance Moms
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. Shark Tank

 

Rhode Island

  1. The Apprentice
  2. America’s Next Top Model
  3. Project Runway

South Carolina

  1. Naked & Afraid
  2. American Idol
  3. The Apprentice

South Dakota

  1. Kate Plus 8
  2. 16 & Pregnant
  3. The Bachelor

Tennessee

  1. Duck Dynasty
  2. Naked & Afraid
  3. American Idol

Texas

  1. Shark Tank
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Dancing with the Stars

Utah

  1. Sister Wives
  2. The Biggest Loser
  3. The Bachelorette & So You Think You Can Dance

Vermont

  1. America’s Next Top Model
  2. Project Runway
  3. The Apprentice & Survivor

Virginia

  1. The Apprentice
  2. America’s Next Top Model
  3. Supernanny

Washington

  1. Project Runway
  2. Hoarders
  3. America’s Next Top Model

West Virginia

  1. America’s Got Talent
  2. Big Brother
  3. Naked & Afraid, Teen Mom

Wisconsin

  1. Dancing with the Stars
  2. Supernanny
  3. Hoarders

Wyoming

  1. Naked & Afraid
  2. Sister Wives
  3. 16 & Pregnant

So Now What?

Now that you can see what the trend is by state for favored reality programs, you can truly start targeting your consumer market by regional interests.  Possibly scary for many brand marketers as some of these shows... aren't so family brand friendly.  

Is Product Placement right for your brand?  Watch this video to learn more about how this marketing practice works, what brand categories it works for, and the results brand marketers see!

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Stacy Jones

Written by Stacy Jones

Stacy, our agency’s founder, has over twenty years of leadership experience building global entertainment branding campaigns for top Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of brands. Her career started after receiving her BFA in Theater Production & Scenic Design from the University of Arizona. Acknowledged as an expert in the field, she has appeared on CNN and MSNBC; spoken at conferences around the globe from Germany to Beijing; and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Financial Times, The Economist, Brandweek, Advertising Age, Variety, B&C and Mediaweek amongst others. Originally from Texas, you will still hear her ya’ll as she gathers the team for strategy planning sessions. Like all true entrepreneurs, Stacy is an adventurer at her core – having sky dived, hang glided off bi-planes, swam with crocs while rafting the Zambezi in Africa, photographed grizzly bears in Alaska, trekked Mayan ruins in Belize, explored the ocean as an avid scuba diver, and who loves owning an advertising agency where she swims with a different type of Hollywood shark on a daily basis.