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Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
BBC America study: Female superheroes can boost the confidence in girls
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
BBC America partnered with the Women's Media Center for its "SuperPowering Girls" study that was timed for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who. It found that better onscreen representation of female superheroes can allow young girls to see themselves as leaders and heroes.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
A scientist got his fake Rick and Morty study published in three academic journals
Farooq Ali Khan, a PhD student and undergraduate professor in Hyderabad, India, created the fake paper based on the Adult Swim series to highlight the problem with predatory academic journals that publish junk science without a second glance. He titled his paper "Newer Tools to Fight Inter-Galactic Parasites and Their Transmissibility in Zyrgion Simulation," and submitted it using the author Beth Smith's name, based on the Rick and Morty character. “The fake science, fake news epidemic is getting worse by every day, and I really wanted to do something about it,” Ali Khan told Motherboard of getting the research published in three academic journals. “There's a lot of money involved in it and these people are getting more powerful, and several mediocre science papers are being published, which is a severe threat to science (and) academic research.”
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Study: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters have consumed drugs or alcohol at least 134 times over 140 episodes
The American Addiction Centers studied every episode of the FX comedy from the first 12 seasons. It found that Charlie was No. 1 with 324 mentions or visual depictions of alcohol or drugs, followed by Dennis, Dee, Mac and Frank.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Study: Netflix would lose nearly a quarter of its subscribers if it added advertising
A study by Hub Entertainment Research found that 23% of 1,612 U.S. TV viewers surveyed would drop their Netflix subscription if it came with ads.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Latina TV speaking roles reach a historic high, but speaking roles for women overall declined
According to the report "Boxed In: Women on Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television" conducted by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, Latina roles rose to 7% last season from 5% the previous season. Black and Asian female roles stayed steady at 19% and 6%, respectively. The study also found that female characters made up 40% of female roles, which is a decline of 2% from the 2016-17 season.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Parents TV Council: Adult TV characters are increasingly making sexually explicit comments in front of kids
Source: Deseret News
The conservative watchdog's new study, titled "Lewd by Example," found that 80% of primetime broadcast comedies feature adults saying sexually explicit things in front of kids. They include Last Man Standing and the biggest offender, A.P. Bio.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Study decries the stereotypical TV roles played by Americans of Middle Eastern and Northern African descent
Americans from the Middle East and North Africa account for 3.2% of the United States population, or 9 million people, yet only 1% of them represented in regular ˇV roles. And of that 1%, 78% of their roles are as trained terrorists, agents, soldiers or tyrants.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Owning a TV could hurt your sex life, study claims
Researchers from the University of Delaware and Reed College found that television ownership is associated with a more than 5% reduction in sexual activity in low- and middle-income countries.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
When do acclaimed TV shows peak?
Source: The Ringer
Using IMDb user rating data for individual TV episodes, The Ringer generated graphs showing "TV aging curbs" that reveal when comedies and dramas are at their best.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Study: The number of cord-cutters is expected to reach 33 million this year
A new study by eMarketer found that cord-cutting is outpacing estimates, with the number of cord-cutters climbing nearly 33% this year.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Study: Only 39% of viewers watch live TV programming
Hub Entertainment Research found that 39% of TV viewers choose live viewing as their default option, down from 47% last year. “That’s not the same thing as saying people never watch live TV,” said Hub's Jon Giegengack, one of the authors of the study. “But it shows that people have been conditioned that SVODs are the inverse of appointment TV. They can watch it when they want.”
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Study: Netflix is now the No. 1 platform for watching entertainment on TV
In May, Cowen & Co. surveyed 2,500 American adults, asking: "Which platforms do you use most often to view video content on TV?" Netflix came in at No. 1 with 27% of total respondents, followed by basic cable (20%), broadcast TV (18%) and YouTube (11%).
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Study: Cannabis makes parents' TV time with children more enjoyable
Source: Ad Week
Ad Week reports that, based on a new study, "nearly eight out of 10 cannabis-using parents surveyed said they regularly consume cannabis prior to watching TV with their children, with the majority agreeing it makes TV shows more enjoyable, leading to more time watching the shows and subsequent discussions with their kids. Additionally, 75 percent of respondents reported they watch more TV while using cannabis, which should pique the interest of networks, studios and marketers."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Republicans are souring on Netflix as it keeps adding liberal voices, study finds
A study by YouGov found that Republican favorability of the streaming service has dropped 16% as it has risen 15% among Democrats. The findings come amid Netflix's new deal with the Obamas and the signing of former Obama administration official Susan Rice to its board of directors. Netflix has also added Michelle Wolf, whose weekly show premiered last week a month after she famously bashed the Trump White House at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Survey suggests viewers are unaffected by the #MeToo movement
Source: The A.V. Club
Morning Consult polled 2,202 American adults to see if sexual misconduct allegations hurt any of the high-profile Hollywood men, and the study found that only Louis CK and Kevin Spacey were viewed less favorably.