Changes in Opinion for House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, & Workaholics

One of the coolest things about Ranker is the fact that Ranker votes are recorded in real time as they happen, allowing the potential for it to track changes in people’s opinions. A list like, “The Best Shows Currently on Air” generates heavy traffic due to the popularity of television shows on air and online. A certain television show can amass an impressive, almost cult-like, following and it’s interesting to see how public opinions change over time, why, and if it corresponds to changes happening in the real-world.

The figure below shows the pattern of change in the proportion of up-votes for the TV shows in this list, and highlights four shows: House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Workaholics.

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There is a steep decline in the proportion of up votes in December of 2013 for the House of Cards. Interestingly, this was during an interim period between seasons where seemingly nothing significant relating to the show was occurring. A plausible explanation could be due to a ceiling effect as there were few up votes and no down votes until that time. When a show first gets on a Ranker list, it often is only voted on by the fans of that show. As the show is only accessible through Netflix, the viewing audience is significantly smaller than cable or network Television shows, so that may further skew the number of people who knew enough about the show to consider downvoting it. Fascinatingly enough, in the same month, during a televised meeting with tech industry CEOs on NSA surveillance, President Obama expressed his love for the show stating “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” adding that Rep. Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, “is getting a lot of stuff done”. Could the increase in downvotes be due to certain members of the public expressing their opinions about the President through the voting patterns on The House of Cards on Ranker?
The entire second season of The House of Cards was released on February 14th on Netflix in the same binge-watching format as the first season, which garnered positive reviews. Interestingly, there is a significant decline in proportion of up votes for The House of Cards from February 2014 to April 2014, however viewership of season two was much higher than season one based on early reviews. The show also garnered critical acclaim for season two earning thirteen Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, and three nominations at both the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards. Given the viewership ratings and critical success, it may seem surprising to see such a steep drop in votes. But in looking at Ranker data, it is often common for shows to get more downvotes over time as they get better known, as people rarely downvote things they haven’t heard of, even as a show also receives more upvotes. This is why our algorithms take into account both the volume and proportion of upvotes vs. downvotes.
Shows that are more readily accessible may exhibit less of a ceiling effect early on, as there is a greater likelihood of people watching the show who aren’t specifically looking for it. Looking at Mad Men and The Walking Dead, there is a steady increase in up-vote proportion over the span that votes were submitted from June 2013 to last month, April 2015. The Walking Dead is the most watched drama series telecast in basic cable history, making it reasonable to assume that the reason for the continual increases are due to the increasing number of fans of the show who vote for it as the “Best Show Currently on Air”. Mad Men fans had similar voting patterns.

For a show like Workaholic, which airs on Comedy Central, there is a significantly smaller viewing audience compared to national networks, and they do not have the fanbase power of House of Cards or The Walking Dead. However, it is a show with positive reviews and a steady following of loyal fans. Though it is not as popular as other shows airing, it’s proven to be a show with comedic talent that generates positive sentiments amongst its viewers and a growing proportion of up-votes.
While these examples are only suggestive, the enormous number of votes made by Ranker uses, and the variety of topics they cover, makes the possibility of measuring opinions, and detecting and understanding change in opinions, an intriguing one that is worth continuing to expand upon.
-Emily Liu

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The List of the Day Shops at the Fashionable Male

Ranker.com, being an Internet startup, has something of a lax dress policy around the office. Let’s put it this way – we interpret “business casual” as meaning “footwear-optional.” And most of us aren’t exercising those options. There is one exception – Content and Community Manager Brian Gilmore, who not only will frequently wear shirts with collars, but sometimes even a vest on top of it. And not even some cheap vest – one of the ones with the buckle in back, like it came out of a tuxedo or something. How can the rest of us compete with that?

Anyway, just because most of us lack any knowledge of fashion or style beyond “don’t wear white after Labor Day or on days you plan to eat tomato sauce and/or pudding” doesn’t mean the SITE that we manage can’t have some decent fashion content. Like this guide to the best jeans and denim brands. Or our latest CrowdRanked list, a look at the top designers of men’s shoes. So many great styles and designers to choose from, even Don Draper could learn a thing or two… Yes, he may not have an Emmy, but when discussing fictional characters with impeccable fashion sense, he’s still our go-to reference.

Don, hey, I’m just kidding. Relax, guy. You’ll get that Emmy some day. They can’t churn out new “Breaking Bads” forever, right? They’re drug dealers, it’s usually not a long, storied career that’d take 13 seasons to arc, amirite?

Find even more Ranker Fashion content on our tag page. And remember, one stain on your shirt is just a stain… but two stains is a pattern.

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Outstanding Achievement in Listing of the Day

The Emmy nominations were announced this morning, if you happened to be in Los Angeles and awake at an hour that most of us would consider “obscene.” These award nominations are always interesting, because so many of the same people are nominated year after year for the same awards. Steve Carrell has been up for Best Actor in a Comedy Series 5 times and has yet to win. Jon Hamm’s hoping the 4th nomination is a charm for his role as ’60s ad exec Don Draper. But it’s all worth it for that moment of triumph, when all the world loves you, and then immediately forgets which person actually won the award, and who just appeared on stage as a presenter.

– Have any of us actually won Emmys for this show yet?

– I don’t remember. Let’s smoke indoors.

This year, we’re putting our necks out by making some bold Emmy Winner Predictions on Ranker. We’re not the gambling type, but our money’s on “Mad Men” and “Mildred Pierce” to have a big night. (Be on the lookout for a potential “Boardwalk Empire” upset, however.) Also, we’re thinking Carrell will finally get the award for his last season on “The Office.” You know, to go along with that entire room filled with Dundees.