We Looked at Men’s and Women’s 10 Favorite TV Shows – and Only 4 Made Both Lists

In other words, we disagree more than we agree

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. When love is in the air, not a whole heck of a lot of couples will be spending their Friday night with NBC’s “Lincoln Rhyme.” (Or anything else on TV, for that matter — viewing levels drop a few percentage points on the greeting card company-created holiday.)

For this week’s column, I decided to go the “He loves me, he loves me not” flower-petal-picking route. Not one to side with my own sex over the fairer one — especially not today — TheWrap of course did the same for women.

Below are the Top 10 broadcast television series, excluding sports, among men ages 18-49. The ratings cover 18 weeks of the 2019-20 TV season. Sixteen of those weeks include seven days of delayed viewing, two of them do not have that DVR component compiled yet by Nielsen.

Dudes ages 18-49 watch these CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC shows the most:

1. “The Masked Singer” (Fox): 2.6
2. (tie) “9-1-1” (Fox): 1.8
2. (tie) “9-1-1: Lone Star” (Fox): 1.8
2. (tie) “The Simpsons” (Fox): 1.8
5. (tie) “This Is Us” (NBC): 1.6
5. (tie) “60 Minutes” (CBS): 1.6
5. (tie) “Survivor” (CBS): 1.6
5. (tie) “Family Guy” (Fox): 1.6
9. (tie) “Chicago P.D.” (NBC): 1.5
9. (tie) “Big Brother” Wednesday (CBS): 1.5

If we elected to ignore news programming, newsmagazine show “60 Minutes” would go away, opening up a slot. We’d have to cram four series into a tenth-place tie: “Chicago Fire,” “NCIS,” “Modern Family” and “LEGO Masters” are all averaging a 1.4 rating among men 18-49.

And now the Top 10 (OK, this version is 11 with ties) among women 18-49:

1. “This Is Us” (NBC): 4.1
2. “The Masked Singer” (Fox): 4.0
3. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): 3.2
4. (tie) “The Bachelor” (ABC): 3.1
4. (tie) “9-1-1” (Fox): 3.1
6. (tie) “Chicago Fire” (NBC): 2.3
6. (tie) “Chicago P.D.” (NBC): 2.3
8. (tie) “Chicago Med” (NBC): 2.2
8. (tie) “New Amsterdam” (NBC): 2.2
8. (tie) “The Voice” (NBC): 2.2
8. (tie) “A Million Little Things” (ABC): 2.2

As readers can clearly see, there are a whole lot of ties when going with a demo rating to just one decimal point. That’s the way demo ratings are traditionally reported by Nielsen.

You’ll also notice there are only four common choices between both men and women in the key adults 18-49 demographic: “The Masked Singer,” “This Is Us,” “9-1-1” and “Chicago P.D.” In other words, we disagree more than we agree.

Yes, men are from…women are from…You get it.

Had we allowed sports to infiltrate this study, four football programs would have elbowed their way into this mix among the women. Seven would have for the men.

This writer knows better than to bring sports into Valentine’s Day though.

Tony Maglio

Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio


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