The college football season is upon us, and no political segment is as happy about that as Ultra Conservatives.
That is according to research by consumer marketing group Experian Simmons, which determined favorite TV shows based on a viewer's political persuasion.
The No. 1 show on the list for Ultra Conservatives is ESPN's college football. That means its viewership has the highest concentration of Ultra Conservatives for "any non-news cable or broadcast show on TV."
Additionally, the Ultra Conservative Top 20 included college football on ESPN2 (No. 4), ABC's Saturday night college football (No. 10) and Big 12 football on Fox Sports Net (No. 13).
At the other end of the political spectrum, the Super Democrats went for laughs with Comedy Central programs, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, taking the top two spots on their list. The only sports program to crack the Super Democrats Top 20 was Hockey Central on Versus (which has since been rebranded the NBC Sports Network).
The absence of further pro sports programming on either list suggests those leagues have a broad enough appeal to cut effectively across the political lines.
The popularity of college football among Ultra Conservatives could be based in part on geography. According to a Forbes report in 2010, the Southeastern Conference has the most rabid fan base in college football. In the three presidential elections since 2000, the Republican candidate has won every SEC state with the exception of Florida in 2008.
The SEC has a $2.25 billion TV contract with ESPN, the network cited specifically for the No. 1 spot on Experian's list.
See the respective Top 20 lists for the two groups below, and click here to see the favorites of swing-voter groups such as On-The-Fence Liberals and Mild Republicans.
1. College Football Regular Season (ESPN)
2. Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
3. Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda (NBC)
4. College Football Regular Season (ESPN2)
5. Dancing with the Stars: Results Show (ABC)
6. NCIS (CBS)
7. Undercover Boss (CBS)
8. Hawaii 5-0 (CBS)
9. Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated)
10. ABC Saturday Night College Football (ABC)
11. The Today Show (NBC)
12. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
13. Big 12 College Football (FSN)
14. Property Brothers (HGTV)
15. House Hunters ( HGTV)
16. The Biggest Loser (NBC)
17. Shark Tank (ABC)
18. The Bachelor (ABC)
19. College Basketball Regular Season (ESPN2)
20. Days of our Lives (NBC)
1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
2. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
3. 30 Rock (NBC)
4. Shameless (Showtime)
5. Modern Family (ABC)
6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
7. Project Runway (Lifetime)
8. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
9. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
10. The Soup (E!)
11. Parenthood (NBC)
12. The Killing (AMC)
13. Mad Men (AMC)
14. Watch What Happens Live (Bravo)
15. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
16. Chelsea Lately (E!)
17. Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)
18. Glee (Fox)
19. Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
20. Hockey Central (Versus)
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