Nov. 21st is National Television Day in the United States, a day for individuals, broadcasters, and media organizations to reflect on the impacts that television has had on society. The societal impacts of television will vary from year to year as different shows grab hold on the public every year. Shows like ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ dominated the airwaves in the 1990s and early 2000s, influencing society in much different ways than shows such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ did in more recent years.
With National Television Day upcoming, FloridaBet.com decided to break from Florida sports betting updates and see which shows have been influencing the population most in 2023. To do this, we utilized IMDB’s list of the top 50 TV shows in 2023 and then we used AhRefs to narrow down the list to the five most searched shows of the year. The shows that qualified were “The Last of Us,” “Ted Lasso,” “The Mandalorian,” “Succession,” and “The Bear.” We then utilized Google Trends to search each TV show to see the highest level of interest of each state for the show since January 1st, 2023.
Most Watched TV Shows in Florida in 2023
Below you'll find some information you wouldn't see on Florida betting apps, the top three TV shows in the Sunshine State for 2023.
It's The Last of Us for Floridians
Like much of the country, Florida’s top TV show for 2023 has been “The Last of Us”, a post-apocalyptic drama series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. “Ted Lasso” and “Succession” rank second and third in the state.
In “The Last of Us”, a global pandemic has destroyed civilization as we know it and Pascal’s character takes charge of a 14-year-old girl, played by Ramsey, who appears to be humanity’s last hope. The show is actually based on a popular video game, which helps explain its massive popularity. The video game's popularity combined with the country’s recent experience with a global pandemic is a deadly combination when it comes to generating viewership, making it no surprise that the show tops the rankings.
“Ted Lasso” follows a completely different route to the top of the charts. The show is based around a popular soccer coach and has a very unique cast and storyline. The show is very positive and uplifting and contains a lot of good life lessons that are told around the setting of a sports team, an area that is often stereotyped to be the opposite. With the popularity of the sport, actor Jason Sudeikis, and society’s need for a positive and cheerful show it makes complete sense that “Ted Lasso” is a massive global hit.
“The Mandalorian” follows a completely different route to the top. Like so many of today’s shows, it is a spin-off of a popular movie or show from past years. As part of the Star Wars family, the show got an instant boost of popularity from Star Wars fans while also reaching a completely new demographic of viewers who weren’t even alive when Star Wars was at its most popular.
There are many types of TV shows and the list of favorites has already shown the diversity in offerings with two very different shows topping the list in Florida. Despite the shows being so different, many Floridians have no doubt enjoyed both shows as both take different routes to influence society in different ways.
Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for FloridaBet.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports, particularly the NHL. He will be providing insight throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.