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Can You Guess Your State's Favorite Daytime TV Show Guilty Pleasure?

Remember the good ole days when you used to stay home from school and watch episode after episode of guilty pleasure daytime television shows? From Family Feud, Dr. Phil, and Wheel of Fortune  to The Young and the Restless, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and The Price is Right, there were so many options to click through while you lounged on the couch. Have you ever wondered which of these shows was the most popular in your state? Because there's an answer to that question.

The team at USDirect got to thinking: what are the most-popular daytime TV shows in each state? To find out, they started with a list of all currently airing daytime TV shows (excluding Sunday morning programs), then looked at Google search volume of each show from the past year by state and compiled a list of the most-watched daytime TV shows in America.

Some of USDirect's favorite findings: 

  • Indiana has an affinity for game shows where contestants can win money—Let’s Make a Deal was their favorite—and they’re also the state with the most lottery winners since 1992.
  • Nevada is obsessed with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and unsurprisingly so—Gardnerville Ranchos and Elko are among the top 20 small towns with the highest concentration of millionaires in the U.S.
  • Judge Judy was the top-paid TV host in 2018 ($147 MILLION!!!), beating out Ellen AND Dr. Phil. Although she wasn’t a state’s favorite, she does produce Hot Bench, which is top in Delaware and Missouri.
  • Jerry Springer was another big name that didn’t make our map. He apparently is trying to make that “Judge Judy money” and starting his own judge show fall 2019, Judge Jerry. Maybe he’ll preside over our list next year.

Your State's Favorite Daytime TV Show Guilty Pleasure:

Alabama: Paternity Court

Alaska: The Dr. Oz Show

Arizona: The Price is Right

Arkansas: Dr. Phil

California: The Ellen Degeneres Show

Colorado: Daily Blast

Connecticut: The People's Court

Delaware: Hot Bench

Florida: Supreme Justice with Judge Karen

Georgia: Sister Circle

Hawaii: The Dr. Oz Show

Idaho: Dr. Phil

Illinois: Judge Mathis

Indiana: Let's Make a Deal

Iowa: The Dr. Oz Show

Kansas: Dr. Phil

Kentucky: Dr. Phil

Louisiana: The Young and the Restless

Maine: Jeopardy!

Maryland: The Real

Massachusetts: Funny You Should Ask

Michigan: The Doctors

Minnesota: The Prince is Right

Mississippi: Wheel of Fortune

Missouri: Hot Bench

Montana: Dr. Phil

Nebraska: The Price is Right

Nevada: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

New Hampshire: Good Morning America

New Jersey: General Hospital

New Mexico: The Doctors

New York: The View

North Carolina: Family Feud

North Dakota: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Ohio: The Price is Right

Oregon: TMZ Live

Pennsylvania: The View

Rhode Island: The Today Show

South Carolina: Jeopardy!

South Dakota: The Prince is Right

Tennessee: Maury

Texas: Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez

Utah: The Ellen Degeneres Show

Vermont: Jeopardy!

Virginia: Jeopardy!

Washington: Jeopardy!

West Virginia: Days of our Lives

Wisconsin: The Price is Right

Wyoming: Wheel of Fortune

For more information, visit USDirect here

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