Back in 1992, “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” was a song written and performed by rock star Bruce Springsteen on his Human Touch album.
Fast forward 31 years.
Nowadays, there are way more than 57 channels and there is definitely always something on as Americans will soon find out when they take a few moments out of their daily routines to celebrate National Television Day on Nov. 21.
BetVirginia.com took a break from betting on Virginia sportsbooks and utilized IMDB’s list of the Top 50 most watched TV shows in the United States during 2023 as a starting point for the research project, as well as AhRefs to finalize the Top 5 most searched shows. The shows were “The Last of Us,” “Ted Lasso,” “The Mandalorian,” “Succession” and “The Bear.” We then used Google Trends to search each show to see the highest level of interest in each state.
After completing the trends since Jan. 1, 2023, we were able to average out the results to get the top TV shows for each state. Check out what Virginians watched this year:
Favorite TV Shows in Virginia in 2023
The Last of Us Tops Virginia's Favorite TV Show
Virginia (27%) was one of an astounding 43 states to select HBO’s “The Last of Us “as their top selected show in 2023. The popular series debuted earlier this year and was renewed for a second season. Filming will start at the end of this year or early 2024.
"Ted Lasso," the favorite Apple TV+ series, concluded this season after three years and finished a close second at 23%. Although you won't find odds at VA betting apps, there is some talk the show could return for a fourth season.
"The Mandalorian," which debuted on Disney+ in Nov. 2019, was a close third at 20%. The popular live-action series produced in the "Star Wars" family is set five years after "Return of the Jedi," which was released in 1983. After concluding its third season this year, development plans are underway for a fourth.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.