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Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon filming on location for Sex And The City 2 on the Streets of Manhattan on September 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)


Male reviewers of TV shows on IMDB give lower scores to female-led shows

May 19, 2016

In the world of online reviews of popular TV shows, one thing is clear: Men do not love shows starring women. An analysis by the statistics website FiveThirtyEight of the ratings of popular shows on IMDb found that shows with more men in them rated better than shows with an equal split of men and women or shows that featured mainly women. The top 100 male-skewing shows had a ranking of 8.2 on IMDb, while the average rating for a female-skewing show was only 7.4. That imbalance, according to writer Walt Hickey, is largely because the male users on IMDb rate female-led shows lower than women rate them, and male users outnumber female users on IMDb. Female users of IMDb rated both types of shows about the same.

Sex and the City, which won a slew of Emmys, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards during its six-season run on HBO, has a lower rating on IMDB than the average English-language television show. Why are the ratings so low? In part, according to the Hickey, because the male users that made up more than 40 percent of reviewers for the show assigned it a low rating, an average of 5.8. The male perspective dropped the overall rating of the show from an 8.1 to a 7.3.

“Whether you like Sex and the City or not, its score is being sabotaged by one gender; it’s time to ask whether user scores are truly as objective as they purport to be,” Hickey writes.

Read the full story at FiveThirtyEight.


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