It’s been a rough few days for fans of Shonda Rhimes’ trio of dramas, affectionately dubbed TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday), as news of pushed premiere dates in favor of inauguration coverage caused public outcry. ABC announced earlier this month that it would delay premieres for Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder to air a 20/20 special about the Trump family.

The decision to postpone shows—like Scandal—known for depictions of strong, minority women, in favor of President Elect Trump is a difficult pill to swallow for many parts of the country. Let’s look at the states where Shondaland reigns supreme, and viewers who were counting on a little feminist TV to get them through the end of a traumatic election season now have one more thing to mourn.

How’d we figure out which states make up the United States of Shondaland? We pulled years of data from Google Trends, starting with each show’s premiere date. Yep. That’s right. You’re looking at over a decade of viewership trends for Grey’s Anatomy. You’re welcome.

 

Grey’s Anatomy

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New England is hoping Grey’s will save them from the harsh, cold winter of their discontent.

Contrary to the trends we’ve seen in much of our TV content mapping, Grey’s Anatomy is wildly popular in a location that has absolutely nothing to do with its actual setting in Seattle. In our research of TV preferences by state, we’ve discovered New England prefers TV featuring strong, female characters and, as you’ll see from the map above, Grey’s Anatomy appeals to this predilection. The show also serves up a heavy side of romance, which taciturn New Englanders seem to have a secret craving for. You’re not fooling anyone, ye old salts.

Perhaps most interesting is that unlike the other Shondaland shows, there is absolutely no overlap between the top 10 states that like Grey’s Anatomy and those that prefer Scandal. Scandal fans favor How to Get Away with Murder, but aren’t as keen about the long running Rhimes’ medical drama. You’ll also notice that while there aren’t many states below the Mason-Dixon line in the Grey’s Anatomy top 10, there are two west of the Mississippi. The ongoing medical drama, now in its 13th season (OMG!), is pretty popular with Dakotans, which makes it the only Shondaland show with Midwest reach.


Scandal

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The Eastern Seaboard is familiar with political scandal, but they prefer the fictional kind.

The regional popularity of Scandal has already been reported in other maps, including the fact that it blasts away the competition on Netflix. What is worthy of note here, however, is how closely it overlaps with the fan base for How to Get Away with Murder. There are a few excellent reasons for this, the first of which is location, location, location. Both dramas take place in D.C. and Philly, so if the trends on TV popularity hold true with our other research, you’d expect the Atlantic Seaboard to be playing favorites.

In addition to some regional similarities, the shows also share one notable feature: a strong, black woman as the main character. This has been one of the signature components of Shonda Rhimes’ TV, leading many to characterize these dramas as subversively feminist. Scandals wide appeal across the South doesn’t extend west of the Mississippi and may have to do with population demographics and viewing preferences that lean towards the familiar. Politics aside, Olivia Pope has impressed both red and blue states alike.


How to Get Away with Murder

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The North didn’t get the President they wanted, but for now, getting their TGIT fix would be enough.

The third in our trio of Shondaland shows is How to Get Away with Murder, which takes place in Philadelphia and features a bi-sexual, black female law professor, Annalise Keating. This ambitious role has garnered Viola Davis several awards and the honor of becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for a leading role.

This cluster of fandom is a tight circle of states along the Northern Atlantic Seaboard, which aligns closely with How to Get Away with Murder’s fictional location. It also, however, correlates with many of the cities identified as some of the wealthiest and most influential African-American communities, in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. Our guess is that Annalise Keating’s backstory resonates more with cities that share the same demographics as Scandal’s die-hard viewers.


If you’re one of many fans dismayed by the delay in TGIT premieres, take heart. ABC assures the Shondaland trio will be back on Thursday, January 26 to console its viewers. Until then, check out how much your state loves each of these beloved TGIT dramas…

Grey’s Anatomy

Ranking

State

1 Maine
2 Rhode Island
3 Vermont
4 New Hampshire
5 West Virginia
6 Kentucky
7 Massachusetts
8 Connecticut
9 North Dakota
10 South Dakota
11 Pennsylvania
12 Iowa
13 Ohio
14 Wisconsin
15 New York
16 Delaware
17 Nebraska
18 Indiana
19 Michigan
20 New Jersey
21 Wyoming
22 Oklahoma
23 Alabama
24 Minnesota
25 Arkansas
26 North Carolina
27 Mississippi
28 District of Columbia
29 Missouri
30 Tennessee
31 Illinois
32 Louisiana
33 Idaho
34 Montana
35 South Carolina
36 Washington
37 Maryland
38 Virginia
39 Hawaii
40 Utah
41 Texas
42 Florida
43 Georgia
44 Kansas
45 California
46 Arizona
47 Alaska
48 Colorado
49 Nevada
50 New Mexico
51 Oregon

 

Scandal

Ranking

State

1 Maryland
2 District of Columbia
3 Georgia
4 Delaware
5 New York
6 Louisiana
7 North Carolina
8 Mississippi
9 Alabama
10 Virginia
11 South Carolina
12 New Jersey
13 Rhode Island
14 Tennessee
15 Massachusetts
16 Florida
17 Pennsylvania
18 Connecticut
19 Illinois
20 Oklahoma
21 Kentucky
22 Arkansas
23 Ohio
24 Missouri
25 Vermont
26 Hawaii
27 Michigan
28 Indiana
29 California
30 Texas
31 New Hampshire
32 Minnesota
33 Nevada
34 Maine
35 Wisconsin
36 Nebraska
37 West Virginia
38 Arizona
39 Iowa
40 North Dakota
41 Washington
42 Kansas
43 South Dakota
44 Colorado
45 New Mexico
46 Alaska
47 Montana
48 Utah
49 Idaho
50 Wyoming
51 Oregon

 

How to Get Away with Murder

Ranking

State

1 Delaware
2 Maryland
3 Rhode Island
4 New Jersey
5 New York
6 District of Columbia
7 Louisiana
8 Connecticut
9 Massachusetts
10 Pennsylvania
11 Alabama
12 Georgia
13 North Carolina
14 Mississippi
15 Florida
16 Vermont
17 South Carolina
18 Ohio
19 Hawaii
20 Illinois
21 California
22 Tennessee
23 Michigan
24 Nevada
25 Kentucky
26 New Hampshire
27 Oklahoma
28 Indiana
29 Missouri
30 Arkansas
31 Virginia
32 West Virginia
33 Texas
34 Nebraska
35 Arizona
36 Maine
37 Washington
38 Wisconsin
39 Minnesota
40 North Dakota
41 Iowa
42 Wyoming
43 South Dakota
44 New Mexico
45 Colorado
46 Montana
47 Alaska
48 Utah
49 Kansas
50 Idaho
51 Oregon

 

Missing your favorite Shondaland show due to ABC’s pushed premiere dates? Tell us in the comments and share the love for your favorite TGIT show.