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TV Battleground: Can MacGyver Fix The Gap Between Red And Blue States?

Plus, which state is truly The Good Place?

Alexander Zalben

Can one man fix the gap in our country's political stratosphere using only what's available in his pockets (and a healthy marketing budget)? Maybe, maybe not. But according to a study conducted by TVGuide.com matching new Fall TV shows with states' political affiliations, CBS' reboot of MacGyver might be the show that brings our country together.

Working off shows added to our Watchlist, we were able to determine the surprising show that reaches across the aisle and asks you to hand it a pack of chewing gum: MacGyver is the most intriguing show overall, whether you lean more towards the DNC or the GOP.

Bull was a close second, though, followed by ABC's Designated Survivor (a blue state favorite), and just hanging in there were NBC's Timeless and The Good Place. Check out the map above, or our further breakdown of the Top 5 shows by political leanings, below:

Top 4 New Fall Shows: Red States
1. Bull
2. MacGyver
3. Timeless and Designated Survivor (tie)

Top 4 New Fall Shows: Blue States
1. Designated Survivor
2. MacGyver
3. Bull
4. The Good Place

Top 3 New Fall Shows: Swing States
1. MacGyver
2. Bull
3. Designated Survivor

Are you an undecided voter? Then check out our further breakdown of the top 10 most added shows to our Watchlist, as well as our editors' picks for the most promising new shows of the season! Now where did I put that paperclip?

Methodology: "Red" and "blue" states were determined by a 2014 Gallup poll in which people self-identified as red or blue. States were classified as red or blue if there was a 5 percent or greater lead of one political party over the other. Any state in which the difference was less than 5 percent was classified as a "swing" state. Each political group's winning show was determined by the aggregate number of Watchlist adds within each political group. For example, while Bull was not No. 1 in every "red" state, it was No. 1 in the red states overall.