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Character Popularity - Ups And DownsOver the last two years, I had noticed a change in popularity of the characters, particularly Sheldon. There was a time, when he could do no wrong but now there seems to be complaints. This newer Sheldon is not quite as popular. And since some people want proof if you voice an opinion now, I have attempted to get what little I can. There is a poll on the main site which asks casual visitors (you don't have to be a member) who their favourite character is. Lucky for me, the infamous Tripper archived the old poll, when he updated the site. Which presents an opportunity to compare old and new statistics. Of course, the new poll doesn't have as many votes at 28,698 to 90,031, but the percentages are what counts. The old poll was archived in Sept 2012. The new poll was started from then. I rounded the figures. Sheldon from 66% to 49% (26% down) Penny from 12% to 20% (40% up) Leonard from 10% to 16% (38% up) Raj from 6% to 5% (17% down) Howard from 6% to 4% (33% down) Amy coming in at 4% (new) Bernadette coming in a 2% (new) Stuart coming in at 1% (new) The old poll did not include the new characters but as they are only taking up 7% of the vote, this doesn't account for the big shifts. Penny's popularity as favourite character has gone up the most, with 19.5% of the vote, rounded up to 20%. Closely followed by Leonard. Sheldon, Howard and Raj have taken the biggest hits. Sheldon is still the most popular at 49% but he used to hold a massive 66% of the vote. So yes, I was right in sensing a drop. I will compare this again next year and see how these figures are moving. Another interesting thing to note (which I suspected) was the even bigger drop, in those who chose Howard as their favourite. The polls : http://the-big-bang-theory.com/polls/viewpoll/11/Who-is-your-favorite-character/archive/ http://the-big-bang-theory.com/polls/viewpoll/43/Who-is-your-favorite-character/