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What Do 'Dead Like Me,' 'Game Of Thrones' Have In Common?

Ranker.com shares its findings from the fans themselves

If you're a fan of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones," then you're likely a fan of hard-knock cases for television series. You know, ones that had far shorter lives than they should have.

Which is strange, because with nearly 4 million viewers each week, "Game of Thrones" likely isn't going anywhere for a while. But still, Ranker.com -- with 4 million unique visitors of its own and some 300,000 ranked lists from those visitors -- found that fans of "Game of Thrones" also liked other cult-favorite shows. Programs like Fox's "Arrested Development," or The CW's "Reaper," Showtime's fun and smart "Dead Like Me," or even another HBO show, "Carnivale."

The problem with them? None of them lasted more than three seasons. According to Ranker, fans of "Game of Thrones" are the kind that go against the grain, seeking out shows that are both edgy and idiosyncratic.

"We were intrigued because the data rev ales 'Game of Thrones' fans are just as ... idiosyncratic as the show they love," Ranker said in its blog, adding jokingly that "idiosyncratic" was the nice way of putting it.

"And we say this not just because they watch a show in which incest happens as often as other series take commercial breaks. Also because they overwhelmingly love villainous characters and anti-heroes, and they prefer a lot of lesser-known shows that failed to ever find an audience."

It can be difficult to find someone to root for in "Game of Thrones," but that's just one of the things that seem to bring in viewers each and every week to HBO. Ranker.com also found that fans of the series loved characters in other shows like the T-1000 from "Terminator 2," Hans Landa from "Inglorious Basterds" and even Cordelia Chase from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Ranker even threw together an infographic of all its findings right here. It includes some of the information above, as well as interesting fun facts like "Game of Thrones" fans typically do not include other fantasy films and projects like Lord of the Rings in their top favorites. Interesting.

Ranker first launched in August 2009 by Clark Benson, who is said to be obsessed with rankings and lists. He developed a site that would allow Internet surfers to do just that, and the rest is history.

The site also has a pretty strong fan following for "Game of Thrones" as well, which can be found by clicking here.

"Game of Thrones" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Michael Hinman is the founder and editor-in-chief for Airlock Alpha and the entire GenreNexus. He owns Nexus Media Group Inc., the parent corporation of the GenreNexus and is a veteran print journalist. He lives in Tampa, Fla.
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