Some say that the explosive popularity of reality television in America has already peaked, but it still remains a powerhouse in the entertainment world and a frequent go-to source for Americans wanting to temporarily escape the realities of their own lives and enjoy the sometimes real but fantastical lives of others.
Reality TV is more popular among women than men, online publication Odyssey claims. But what exactly makes it so exciting?
One of the biggest lures is watching people react dramatically to unexpected situations, and in the reality TV world, people can fall apart emotionally at any given time. But even if reality show characters seem a bit overly dramatic, viewers still find them more relatable than the purely fictional caricatures of entirely scripted shows.
From home improvement to RV vacationing, and from cooking to digging through piles of junk in search of treasure, reality TV also caters to a wide variety of interests. Many shows have a competitive nature to them, too, giving viewers someone to root for.
Love them or hate them, reality TV is truly a cultural force powerful enough to affect our own reality. But which shows are the most popular in which states? CableTV.com laid it out on a map:
Not too surprisingly, shows that take place in certain states are often the most popular in those states. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is number one in California, “Little People, Big World” is number one in Oregon, “Pawn Star” is number one in Nevada, “Little Women: Dallas” is number one in Texas, “Duck Dynasty” is number one in Louisiana, and “Mob Wives” is number one in New York, for example.
Quite a few adjoining states also have the same interests. High society drama “The Real Housewives” is popular in both Georgia and South Carolina. Fugitive thriller “Hunted” is popular in Tennessee, Missouri, and Kansas but also in South Dakota and Montana. Competitive “Dancing with the Stars” is popular in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa.
Dating game show “The Bachelor” and its spin-off “Bachelor in Paradise” are popular in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Two versions of the little people drama “Little Women” are popular in Texas and New Mexico. Celebrity lifestyle show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is popular in both Arizona and California.
Any surprises here? In other news, several people have died at an elementary school shooting in a rural California town.