When it comes to what Americans are watching via streaming in 2016, the Mother of Dragons easily eclipses the mother of all political seasons.
A new interactive map from Frontier Communications, relying on Google Trends streaming data and illustrated with cute emojis, shows that people in most states could care less about politics and would rather watch “Game of Thrones,” college basketball or Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”
Thanks to Bernie Sanders, Vermont did register as the only state where people were most interested in streaming a Democratic debate. And Maine, which is usually a blue state, had folks streaming a Republican debate the most. But everywhere else, with the exception of Washington, D.C., (State of the Union), the choices were sports and entertainment.
More highlights and insight:
- New Jersey streamed the COPA America Centario more than any other state. The final match will be held not only on U.S. soil, but at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
- The Midwest streamed March Madness more than any other region.
- Louisiana and Illinois cared more about Beyonce’s Lemonade than the election. Both states had a call out by Bey — Illinois in the form of a Chicago Bulls jersey she wore as a dress, and Louisiana directly in the lyrics of her hit track “Formation.”
- Oklahoma preferred to stream the UFC more than any other event in 2016. Four Oklahoma State wrestling alumni are professional UFC fighters.