Predictors of Viewing and Enjoyment of Reality-Based and Fictional Crime Shows

Mary Beth Oliver, G. Blake Armstrong

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Telephone surveys were conducted in Virginia and Wisconsin to explore attitudinal predictors of exposure to and enjoyment of reality-based and fictional crime programs. Punitive attitudes about crime, higher levels of racial prejudice, and higher levels of authoritarianism were associated with more frequent viewing and greater enjoyment of reality-based programming, but were unrelated to enjoyment of fictional programming. Reality-based viewing and enjoyment were also more common among younger respondents, respondents with lower levels of education, and respondents who were heavier television viewers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-570
Number of pages12
JournalJournalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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