In the last episode of my blog, we compared the list of best TV shows of 2012 for two groups: 45 TV critics, as compiled by Metacritic, and 542 average TV viewers who ranked shows using our Bracket™ prioritization tool. The two groups had six shows in common on their Top 20 lists, including two from AMC: “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.”
We wondered whether access to more content (through having basic cable or premium channels) would correlate with viewers’ opinions of the top shows.
Before we get to that, it’s interesting to note that the TV critics didn’t favor premium channel or basic cable programming. In fact, fully half of their 20 “best” shows of 2012 aired on the “standard” networks. TV viewers only had one more network show in their own top 20 than the critics did.
|Critic Top 20 List||TV Viewer Top 20 List|
|Standard network shows (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS)||10||11|
|Basic cable shows||6||6|
|Premium channel shows (HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime)||4||3|
So, do TV viewers with premium channels choose more premium channel shows than those without? Well, that’s a little complicated....