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America’s Favorite Reality TV Shows

Map of America's favorite reality tv show

Whether you love cutthroat competition, regular people becoming overnight celebrities, or ridiculously scripted drama, reality TV has something for you. But how do your reality TV interests compare to people in your state and across the US?

Our team at has the answers! In a slightly less voyeuristic move than Bachelor in Paradise, we’ve analyzed Google Trends data to determine each state’s reality TV show obsession—and the results are more revealing than footage from a hidden camera!

Get Ready to Rumble Romance!

Bachelor in Paradise Cast

Instagram @bachelorinparadise 

If you think the states that love Bachelor in Paradise follow it because they’re the most romantic states or the loneliest—you’re dead wrong. What links Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota, the states the most in love with Bachelor in Paradise, is their incredible dedication to sports.

Receiving a rose might not be quite the same as winning a trophy, but in The Bachelor and its spin-offs, the competition is as fierce as any sport. After all, it’s not like the contestants are there to make friends. Caught up in the spirit of the show, some fans even create fantasy leagues—reminiscent of Fantasy Football—to feud with their friends over who the winner will be.

Running from Reality

Hunted on CBS All Access

Twitter @HuntedCBS 

The hot new reality show Hunted features contestants trying to hide from FBI-like investigators for a prize of $250,000. It’s an intense game, but the biggest fans might be watching for more than just the drama.

See, while people from Kansas, Missouri, Montana, South Dakota, and Tennessee have been searching Google for Hunted, they may really be looking for a way to hide from law enforcement. Each is among the most dangerous states in the US.

Dancing with the Doldrums

Two dancers from Dancing With The Stars screenshot

Instagram @dancingabc 

While the “stars” on Dancing with the Stars certainly aren’t A-list celebrities, and the dance routines have become stale, the show still sambas on. A study found that fans of the show tend to be compliant and are likely to enjoy routine, which seems in sync with the stereotypes of Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, the states that house the biggest fans of Dancing with the Stars.

Hometown Pride

The most popular settings for reality TV shows are California and New York, but there are still a wide variety of filming locations out there. People tend to be fans of shows related to their state:

Keeping Up With the Kardashians Poster

Photo credit: E! Online

California loves to keep up with the lavish slice-of-life drama in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Life of Kylie, and Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian.

Mob Wives on V H 1

Photo credit: VH1

New York keeps a level eye on the Mob Wives of Staten Island.

Little Women of Dallas Logo

Photo credit: Lifetime

Texas doesn’t truly believe everything has to be bigger to be better—Little Women: Dallas is a huge hit!

Pawn Stars

Photo credit: History Channel

Nevada can’t wait to see what price castoffs will go for in the Las Vegas–set Pawn Stars.

Duck Dynasty image from show

Photo credit: A&E

Louisiana shows up for a local family with a successful hunting business in its love for Duck Dynasty.

Little People Big World Family

Photo credit: TLC

Oregon enjoys the daily life on a local farm with Little People, Big World.

Sister Wives family on T L C

Photo credit: TLC

Utah may no longer be the home of Sister Wives, but the state’s history with polygamy plays a large role in its popularity there.

Nick Viall Bachelor Headshot

Photo credit: ABC

Wisconsin is the home of Nick Viall of The Bachelor’s 2017 season, with the fourth episode filmed at his old stomping grounds.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

While 16 and Pregnant stopped airing in 2014, fans in Delaware and Ohio seem to be following up on the lives of the show’s former “stars” in their states.

Updates from Delaware include one subject’s arrest in 2015 and death in 2016, and another’s college graduation and birth of third child in 2017. In Ohio, yet another subject had her third child. It looks like these former teen moms are trying to give Kate Plus 8 a run for its money.

Repeat Offenders

Reality T V shows

Compared to our 2016 data, 2017 has a wider variety of shows. Last year, Hoarders and Project Runway were the big winners, with Shark Tank, The Apprentice, and The Bachelor close behind. This year, Hunted and Bachelor in Paradise were the only standout favorites.

But not every state found a new favorite. Check all these states with the same result as last year:

AlabamaAmerican Idol

ArizonaKeeping Up with the Kardashians

CaliforniaKeeping Up with the Kardashians

ColoradoThe Bachelor (2016), Bachelor in Paradise (2017)

IdahoThe Apprentice

MinnesotaThe Bachelor (2016), Bachelor in Paradise (2017)

Nevada Pawn Stars

New JerseyShark Tank

New YorkMob Wives

North DakotaThe Voice

Utah Sister Wives

VirginiaThe Apprentice

Washington Project Runway

More Reality TV Bites

For a few more fun facts, our team at conducted another survey to see what other reality TV shows people were into. Here’s what we found:

  • Male and female survey participants agreed Keeping Up with the Kardashians is far and away the most annoying reality TV show.
  • Teen Mom, Big Brother, Jersey Shore, and Survivor were the top favorites.
  • 14–17-year-olds quoted Cheaters as being the most nostalgic show—and so did those over 54!
  • Participants aged 18–24, 25–34, and 45–54 agreed Teen Mom is the most nostalgic for them.
  • For 35–44-year-olds, Real World stood out as the most nostalgic.

So, were you surprised by the results? Does your state have the same favorite reality TV show as you, or do you like something completely different? Let us know in the comments below!

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