Can Colbert Bring Young Fans to the Late Show?

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In 2015, Stephen Colbert will depart from his home at Comedy Central where he’s amassed a huge cult following and head over to the mainstream late show game, replacing David Letterman. CBS is sure hoping he’ll bring all those young fans too. 

Say Late Show and you may have already lost a younger demographic of TV viewers whose watching habits have never been tethered to a specific time or place. TiVo, you’ll remember, was first introduced in 1999, when today’s demographic of 18-25 year olds were only children, ages 3-10. The idea of watching the same TV program at the same time every night is not something that Millenials do.

And while David Letterman’s show is available to watch online, many young viewers associate the style and tone of the Late Show with their parent’s generation.

Millennials, it turns out, like TV, just not necessarily from networks. And they like it served two ways: as part of a gluttonous binge (aka that time you didn’t go outside for a whole weekend and watched 2 entire seasons of House of Cards) or in tiny, viral pieces (aka short-form videos) that are easy to watch at work and share on social media. Jimmy Fallon, by the way, has been killing it in this second category with his viral comedy sketches. Ratings for NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are up 46% this week compared to the same week last year. 

So, how will Stephen Colbert do with younger viewers? And perhaps more importantly, will be able to hit that sweet-spot of broad appeal that allows him to pick up a large number of new viewers–young and old?

Despite the ire of those who disagree with The Colbert Report’s politics, CBS is definitely addressing this need to compete better for younger viewers. The majority of Ranker users are in the 18-25 age bracket and The Colbert Report ranks higher than the Late Show on almost every list that they are both on, including the Funniest TV shows of 2012 (19 vs. 28), Best TV Shows of All-Time (186 vs. 197), and Best TV Shows of Recent Memory (37 vs. 166).

Furthermore, people who tend to like The Colbert Report also report liking many shows that are currently in the cultural zeitgeist: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and 30 Rock. In contrast, preference for the Late Show is correlated with older shows like The Sopranos and 60 Minutes. Between David Letterman and Stephen Colbert, it looks like it’s Colbert for the win on attracting younger viewers.

There is some overlap between these audiences as fans of both shows like The West Wing and The Daily Show, indicating that Colbert may be able to appeal to current fans as well as new (older) audiences.

Dirty Airline Secrets, ’90s Supermodels + Not-So-Smart Criminals

Spring is in full swing and we can hear the birds chirping. Passover, Easter, Earth Day, 4/20… there sure is a lot to celebrate this month! Our gift to you: a handy roundup of our favorite new lists on Ranker.

9 Bad Things That Happened on Good Friday

Though it is not the merriest holiday for Christians (or Jesus for that matter), it still seems pretty crazy that so many murders, crimes, and disasters have gone down on Good Friday.

18 Dirty Facts About Flying That Airlines Don’t Want You To Know

Warning: some of these appalling airline practices cannot be unseen. If you’re squeamish, there is still time to turn back and continue to be blissfully unaware that your aircraft’s wing may or may not be held on with duct tape.

15 Criminals Who Got Caught By Bragging About Their Crimes

Some people are just in the habit of sharing everything about themselves on the Internet. You eat mac n’ cheese for dinner, you tweet a pic of yourself enjoying your meal. You rob a bank, you post a pic of yourself fanning out the money–D’oh!

Easy Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Environment

You don’t have to be a hero or a hippie to know that our environment could use a little help. In honor of Earth Day this month, here’s a fun roundup of easy things you can do to make a difference.

Stunning Snapshots of ’90s Supermodels (Then and Now)

Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell. . . they were all household names back in the ’90s. We all know that Tyra Banks is as crazy as ever, but what are the rest of these beauties up to and how have they aged?

20 Jobs That No Longer Exist

It’s insane that PEOPLE ever did some of these tasks. (See: the job that was replaced when alarm clocks were invented.) But they did and we have the pictures to prove it.

 

The Worst People On Planes

Whenever you board a plane, you hope that everything runs smoothly. Of course, that means safely, but it also means not having to deal with the many types of obnoxious people you’re likely to encounter. Here’s a rundown of the usual suspects.

Crazy Things Girls Do, Presidents Gone Wild + Sexy Co-Star Couples

Happy spring! Here are the best lists you crazy kids have been upvoting this month:

Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?

Did you know that some of the former presidents of the U.S. were huge drinkers and recreational drug users? Huge! Read about the scandalous habits of these former POTUSes (or would that be POTI?) and then vote for the ex-pres that you’d most want to get down with.

The Craziest Things Girls Will Do to Make You Like Them

Quit playing games with my heart! Really. No, not really. We all can get a little crazy when it comes to romance. Whether they’re just flirting or looking to put a ring on it, some ladies will do some pretty insane things to get noticed.

25 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After Photos)

These stars transformed themselves from fat to all that! From flabby to fabby. From obese to bitch, please! Okay, I think we’re done here.

 

Who Did These Eventually Famous Kids Grow Up To Be?

When kids are young, they have the potential to be anything: astronauts, politicians, police officers… or they could go the way of Darth Vader and cross over to the Dark Side. From these vintage childhood photos, can you guess who turned in to whom?

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

Wondering how to be charming and attractive to the opposite sex? This is what men – and women – truly want.

 

25 Movie Couples Who Got Together in Real Life

After pretending to be an item on the silver screen, these sexy celebrities rode that wave of attraction all the way to Couplesville.

 

Top 10 Most Ironic Deaths of All Time (Vol. 2)

These incidents are far more serious than having “too many spoons when all you need is a knife.” Folks died here, people. Bonus: If you really love yourself some ironic deaths, check out Volume 1: The Top Ironic Deaths of All Time. You weirdo.

20 Celebrities Who Have Had Hair Transplants

We aren’t 100% certain how these balding men managed to halt the cruel hands of time… but we’re guessing that science had something to do with it, because most human beings don’t lose hair and then miraculously get it back.

Things You Should Never Do While Naked, 90s Slang, Embarrassing Selfies + More

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January is over. Good riddance! Have you given up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Trust us, you’ll feel much better once you just let go. To get your mind off of all that, here are 7 of the most popular lists on Ranker last month.

Incredible 90s Slang That We (Almost) Forgot About. Almost.

If you grew up in the ’90s, odds are that in between playing Pogs or watching reruns of “Saved by the Bell”, you were telling your mom to “talk to the hand” and that her cooking was Da Bomb…Not! Looking back, slang from the ’90s involved giving people a lot of attitude and tricking them.

The Last Words of 15 Famous Serial Killers

This: “I did not get my Spaghetti O’s. I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.” And this: “Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard. I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around.” And they get better.

The Most Egregious Celebrity Wardrobe Malfunctions of 2013

Nip slips, wedgies and rips, oh my! Last year was an epic one for crazy celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. For your enjoyment, here are the best (read: most embarrassing). 

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Ever Done for a Movie Role

Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Jared Leto lost nearly 40. Christian Bale packed on 43 pounds and a huge beer belly for American Hustle. Those aren’t even the most extreme cases! See the shocking before and after pictures of actors who completely changed their bodies for a movie role.

15 Reasons Why You Are the Most Annoying Person on Facebook

Odds are that you have at least one special person in your life that is a major Facebook offender. Take heart, it happens to the best of us.

The Most Embarrassing Celebrity Selfies

Embarrassing selfies happen when a sexy guy or gal is trying just a little too hard to look good for the camera. They are obviously sucking it in (Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber) or showing a bit too much skin that no one wants to see (Lindsay Lohan). We would feel bad…but these celebs did post these photos to their own social media.

23 Things You Should Never Do While Naked

Similar to getting drunk and singing at the top of your lungs, being naked is fun (!!) if not always appropriate. Whether an activity involves sharp, flying objects, extreme heat or compromising positions, there are some things that you should just never do naked. Ever.

Bruno Mars Is Disliked, But Mostly by Older People

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Bruno Mars is #98 out of the 468 worst bands of all time, as voted on by over 12.5k voters. But it turns out that older people dislike him way more than younger people.

Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us! Woop, woop! Time to prepare for head-spinning sensory overload: brawny men knocking each others’ lights out, sassy cheerleaders, flashy TV ads… it’s almost too much to handle. And what about the crown jewel of the day’s entertainment: the halftime performer, Bruno Mars?

Will Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, have the charisma to command a crowd of 100,000 screaming fans, not to mention the 110 million Americans who are expected to watch the game from home?

According to our data, it’s not looking good. At least not on the surface. Bruno Mars is currently ranked #98 on our list of The Worst Bands of All Time.

As of right now, 12,627 people have voted on this list, which means that there are a whole lot of haters out there. Compound that with the fact that people always complain about the Super Bowl halftime performer, and it’s looking like Bruno Mars may not get a lot of love for his performance.


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However, when we slice the data up a little, it actually looks like things may not be that bad for the incredibly short crooner.

Why’s that, you ask?

1. Not to be taken lightly: Bruno Mars Has Got Some Serious Dance Moves.

Even though he was voted as one of the worst bands of all-time, people also acknowledge that he’s got some moves, which bodes well for him as a performer—especially in a situation where he is expected to wow the crowd. He was voted #29 out of 54 on this list of the best dancing singers.

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Bruno’s got moves.

2. Young people like Bruno Mars way more than this list would have you believe.  

Statistically Speaking: If we isolate the votes coming from only young people—people ages 30 and under, that is, Bruno Mars would drop all the way down to #381 on the list of worst bands of all time.

Only 5 out of 12 young people who voted on this list upvoted Bruno Mars. That’s about 40% who agree that he should be considered one of the worst bands of all time.

Compare that to say, Justin Bieber who received 16 upvotes for every 19 people who voted on him, which is close to 85%.

*Or, in Plain English if You’re Starting to Get a Headache: Being #381 on a ‘worst bands’ list is way better than being #1. Young people voting him down on this list means that a lot of them do not think that he is the worst.

3. Old people hating on Bruno Mars is making him rise in the ‘worst of’ rankings. 

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What do you have to say about that, Bruno?

Let’s look at how old people (over the age of 50) feel about our buddy Bruno. If we strip out all of the young and middle-aged voters, Bruno Mars would climb up to #82 on the list of worst bands of all time. Remember, getting closer to #1 on a ‘worst’ list is not a good thing.

The ratio for this demographic is much higher. 3 out of 5 old-timers who voted on this list upvoted Bruno Mars as the worst band of all time. That’s 60% for those of you who are keeping track.

While we can crunch the numbers for preferences according to age, it must be noted that we do not have a specific reason as to why people voted this way. Why do people over 50 dislike Bruno Mars? Is it his cavalier attitude, his voluminous hair, his sexy lyrics? His widely-publicized cocaine bust?

Bruno Mars' mug shot actually isn't that bad.

Bruno Mars’ mug shot actually isn’t that bad.

Either way–we’d bet that Bruno would rather be pleasing young’uns than winning the hearts of old folks. They are the ones, after all, who will be more likely to pay to see him perform live (they’ll also be way more likely to pirate his music, but that’s another conversation).

So, while you are eating your triple beany cheese nachos and downing Bud heavies this weekend and one of your friends starts to complain about how much he hates Bruno Mars…you can think to yourself (or gently point out) that maybe he’s just too old to understand him.

Ranker’s Sexy New Look for 2014

Ranky-Up-VoteOh, hey there! You may have noticed that we got a whole new look for 2014. We’ve built some cool new features and streamlined the look of our editing interface. Making lists on Ranker has never been easier.

Here’s what’s new:

  • New YES/NO switches make it a breeze to customize your list.

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  • Searching and finding stuff is now 10x faster.

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  • Reranking is easier than ever thanks to our improved list suggestion tool.

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  • Now you can create a new list or add items to other peoples’ lists on the go. Hello, mobile! Imagine creating your grocery list on your phone, allowing your roommates to vote and then buying only the most popular items for the party you’re throwing that weekend. Wow, you sure are nice… are you looking for new roommates?

Take a look around, make a new list or two, and drop us a line if you have any feedback. We’d love to hear what you think. Oh, and happy new year!

Bad Santas, Awkward Christmas Photos, and Celebs Who Have Killed

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Happy (non-denominational) holidays to you all! As our gift to you, we present the very best lists that Ranker users have been upvoting this season. Enjoy!

Top Crimes Committed By Guys in Santa Suits

‘Tis the season to be jolly, greedy, lecherous and absolutely, undeniably unfit to set foot in public. In honor of the holiday season, here are thirteen crimes committed by guys in Santa suits: from bank robbers to mall flashers and child molesters. Merry Christmas.

The 20 Most Awkwardly Hilarious Family Christmas Photos

The fact that an entire family can gather together to take one photo is already a miracle, but the level of awkwardness captured on film here is absolutely brilliant.

The Best Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

Here’s proof that a truly great songwriter can write about anything…including music celebrating a completely different faith and an imaginary elderly man who brings gifts to other people’s children.

29 Celebrities Who Have Received Organ Transplants

Usually we’d agree that it’s better to give than to receive, but we’re betting that these famous organ recipients were pretty thankful for these life-saving gifts.

33 Celebrities Who Have Killed People

It turns out that some very famous people have done some very bad things. We’re just reporting the facts, so please don’t shoot the messenger. Seriously. Please?
 

The Best Cures For Hangovers

Holiday parties = hangovers. There’s really no way around it. For the most effective remedies, you’ll want to consult this comprehensive list of foods you should eat the day after.
 

The Best Cities to Party in for New Years Eve

Partaaay! Some cities are famous for their NYE celebrations, but there are epic parties going on all over the world. We suggest you go forth and explore some of these destinations.
 

Toast The New Year With The Top New Year’s Eve Movie Scenes

According to these films, the best things to do on NYE include professing your love to a long time friend, hooking up with people you shouldn’t, and grand larceny. One of these things is not like the other…

That’s it for this year! From all of us here at Ranker, we wish you lots of holiday cheer!

You Voted: Walmart Has the Worst Reputation

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The news that a Walmart store in Ohio was holding a food drive to make sure that its own employees have enough food for the holidays struck a nerve with the Internet masses today. The story climbed to #1 on CNN Trends, spread quickly throughout the social media landscape and was mentioned by just about every mainstream media outlet–from Gawker, to Fox News to Business Insider.

Why the strong reaction? Many people though that Walmart is doing something “nice for humanity” by encouraging their employees to donate food to people who can’t afford it themselves. If only these people had jobs so they could afford it… oh that’s right, they do!

Despite being one of the richest companies in the world–they made $17 billion in profit last year–Walmart has been accused by many of failing to pay its workers a living wage, provide healthcare, or ensure that working conditions are safe. On the flip side, they do help billions of consumers worldwide stretch their paychecks by offering extremely low-priced goods.

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These are probably some of the reasons why so many users upvoted Walmart to the #1 spot on Ranker’s list of Companies With the Worst Reputations. (If there are others, feel free to leave them in the comment section of the list!)

Other heavy hitters on the list include:

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British Petroleum
 at #2, whose 2010 oil spill dumped 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and pretty much ruined the local economy and ecosystem there.

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Halliburton at #3, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s company that made billions of dollars from questionable deals related to the Iraq War.

Citigroup at #4, a financial institution so badly damaged by the financial crisis in 2008 that it had to be bailed out by the U.S. government 3 times . . . but was then able to pay its executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

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and Monsanto, at #5, a biotech corporation that has spent 20 years, millions of dollars and endless lawsuits against small farmers in an attempt to replace biodiversity with their own, patented GMO seeds. monsanto

 While the top 5 items on this list will continue to change as time goes by, corporations continue to screw things up, and you keep voting, it’s interesting to note how diverse the companies in these top 5 slots are. Ranker users are a mixed bunch–people from all over the world stop by to vote on lists about everything–from entertainment, science, politics, sports and much more. This diversity is reflected in the range of companies that users upvoted.  People who voted on this list care about issues ranging from workers rights, environmental, & social and economic inequality–a good representation of the most talked-about issues of our time!

If you haven’t already, head to the list of companies with the worst reputations and vote on which company you disagree with.

What Will Be the Most Annoying Halloween Costume of 2013?

Since Halloween tends to be a weeklong affair these days, we are betting that you have started seeing some repeat costumes out there. What will be the most overdone Halloween costume of 2013? Our money is on twerking Miley Cyrus, what do you think?

What Will Be the Most Annoying Halloween Costume of 2013?

A Fall List That is Not to be Missed

The Best Things About Fall

This girl knows what we’re talkin’ about.

Good riddance summer! The weather is cooling, leaves are turning color (well, actually they don’t really do that here in LA) and we’re all planning which obscure pop culture reference we can turn into a Halloween costume this year.*

*Do you think I’d look good as a Sharknado?

To commemorate one of our favorite seasons here around the Ranker office, we’re loving this list of The Best Things About Fall. Autumn leaves are currently ranked #1 in the overall list, so we’re feeling a little left out–but Crisp Air, Comfy Clothes and Halloween are not too far behind.

We were curious about how people’s favorite things about fall differed depending on where they live, so we sorted the votes by geographic region and took a look at the data.

What People on the West Coast Most Love About Fall

What People on the West Coast Most Love About Fall

Turns out that us weather-obsessed West Coasters voted for 1) The Weather, 2) Crisp Air and 3) Comfy Clothes before 4) Autumn Leaves. In case you’re wondering, this chart was made by looking at the Top 10 items that people from the west coast voted on the most from this list. The size of the pie slices represent the number of upvotes each item got, as compared to the others.

Our friends in South voted slightly differently. Looks like they’re all about 1) Autumn Leaves, 2) Crisp Air, 3) Halloween and 4) The Weather. Check out the breakdown of their Top 10:

What Southerners Most Love About Fall

What Southerners Most Love About Fall

Well, it looks like we are definitely in agreement about the weather! But while us West Coasters are looking forward to snuggling in our comfy clothes, it looks like people from the South would rather be watching pro football or partaking in one of fall’s main holidays.

What about our readers from the east coast? (This may surprise you.)

What East Coasters Most Love About Fall

What East Coasters Most Love About Fall

They are the ones with the pretty autumn leaves and they barely even care! Our voters from the east coast most love 1) Comfy Clothes, 2) Halloween, 3) Pumpkin Pie and 4) The Weather! They’re also, apparently, really into their desserts. Anyone from the east coast have a recipe for apple crumble they’d like to share with us? We’re serious. Tell us in the comments or email feedback@ranker.com.

What about you? Be sure to visit the list: The Best Things About Fall and chime in while the fall season is still upon us.