Check the TV Ratings of Any Show on IMDB Using This Cool Data Viz Tool

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Ever wondered just how long it took for The Wire to get popular? Or why Prison Break got cancelled when it did? This interactive data viz lets you mine all of IMDB's ratings data to find out.

Put together by Kevin Wu, this data viz tool mines IMDB television ratings, then plots them against time. It separates the results by season, and adds trend lines, too, so you can get a real insight to success. And failure.

It's quite fun to see how your opinions on shows are mirrored by ratings—remember that fifth season slump in the West Wing?—or see exactly why shows ended up being cancelled. (Prison Break, we're looking at you.) But most fun of all is exploring the tool yourself. Go check it out. [Graph TV via Flowing Data]