Top 20 Secular TV Shows Watched by Religious Families

Make way for more drama from the Pearson family on 'This Is Us' season 2.
Make way for more drama from the Pearson family on "This Is Us" season 2. | (Photo: Facebook/NBCThisIsUs)

A recent E-Poll Market Research survey revealed which mainstream shows faith-based viewers enjoy watching.

"This Is Us" and "Star" took the top two positions for broadcast TV.

The poll, released this week displayed the top programs viewed by faith audiences ages 13 and over. Faith viewers were defined as those who attend religious services regularly. 

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"[In The Past] We tracked the favorite celebrities of faith-based Americans as well as this group's commercial impact in our 'Faith in Fandom' blog post. Now, using E-Score Programs we examine the TV programs preferred by faith-based audiences," the leading provider of syndicated and custom research for entertainment and media said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.

Below is the ranking of shows, in order from greatest to least, that Christians "Make a special effort to watch."

1. This Is Us

2. Star

3. How to Get Away with Murder

4. Lucifer

5. The Amazing Race

6.  Lethal Weapon

7. Empire

8. The Flash

9. Chicago Fire

10. Timeless

11. Grimm

12. Code Black

13. Prison Break

14. Rosewood

15. Scandal

16. Bones

17. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

18. Big Brother

19. Arrow

20. Elementary

Taking the top spot with 82 percent of faith-based viewers is NBC's sophomore hit, "This Is Us." The family show which takes viewers on a journey through generations of the Pearson family also had almost three-quarters (73 percent) of the people say if the show was gone, they would "Miss [it] A Lot."

Main cast of FOX's musical series, 'Star.'
Main cast of FOX's musical series, "Star." | (Photo: Facebook/STARonFOX)

Surprisingly, Fox's provocative show, "Star" was not far behind with 79 percent of people saying they "Make a Special Effort to Watch." The sophomore program is in complete contrast to "This Is Us" and follows two troubled girls who grew up in the foster system and another girl raised by a celebrity as they do the unthinkable to gain fame. This program often features adult themes.

TV dramas dominated the polling list. There were no comedies among the top 20 but reality television made the list with two shows, "The Amazing Race" and "Big Brother."

The poll also asked about cable television viewing habits, which included streaming services. 

In the top 10 of cable shows faith audiences would "Miss A Lot" (if the show was gone), the popular streaming service Netflix led the way with three shows in the top 10 — "Sense8," "Marvel's the Defenders," and "House of Cards."

In all three cable television questions — "Would Miss A Lot," "Make a Special Effort to Watch," and "One of My Favorites" — "Game of Thrones" ranked number one. "The Walking Dead" ranked 5th, 3rd and 2nd, respectively, and was the only other show to rank in the top five for all three categories. 

Should Christians watch 'Game of Thrones'?

To view a complete break down of each poll, click HERE.


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