IMDB The shows with the largest proportion of male raters are mostly sports, video game web series, science fiction and cartoons. The programs with the highest proportion of female voters are — at least the American ones — mostly from The CW and Freeform, the new name of the network previously called ABC Family. This list is pretty hilarious.
Beyond the top 25, shown in the table above, male-dominated shows of note include: But looking at these extremes, another pattern emerges: The most male-dominated shows are very skewed, while the most female-dominated shows are less so. The 25th-most-male program has 94 percent of its ratings from men. The 25th-most-female show has only 75 percent of its ratings from women. This is even more pronounced in the larger set: For a show with the IMDb average gender breakdown of 30 percent women and 70 percent men, men rated the show 0.
We can also drill down and look at the percentage of IMDb users who assigned a 1 rating to programs, the lowest score. Among shows with at least 10, ratings programs of our overall set of 2, , men and women gave out 1s at about the same rate: So one gender is not particularly more negative than the other. When you look at shows that have at least 10, ratings and raters who skewed male or female, a different picture emerges. Of the top shows that skewed male, 3. But of the top shows that skewed female, 6.
The overall effect of this imbalance is profound. Among shows with 10, ratings or more, the average rating of the top male-skewing shows was 8. Now, some guy with an egg as a Twitter avatar could argue that shows with female-heavy audiences are lower-quality. But these are obvious cases, and they have equivalents on the male side. Women gave their top shows, on average, a 7. Men gave their top an average score of 8. Shows with more than 10, ratings are inherently popular and yet men thought the programs in that group that skew female were below average.
The larger point is this: Distilling any work into a single number strips out a substantial amount of meaning. But ratings taken as an aggregate obfuscate crucial detail. They can smooth over dramatic imbalances in demography that belie a thoroughly unscientific sample. They have the habit of lumping the divisive among the universally mediocre. To understand the whole picture, you need to dive into the data.