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Original:

16,790 Reviews

Adjusted:

10,871 Reviews

Rank in: TV
71%
78%

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Report Last Updated: May 19, 2017
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FAIL Reviewer Participation
FAIL Skewed Helpfulness
WARN Deleted Reviews
WARN Rating Trend
WARN Suspicious Reviewers
PASS Unverified Purchases
PASS Word Count Comparison
PASS Phrase Repetition
PASS Overlapping Review History
PASS Reviewer Ease
PASS Brand Repeats
PASS Incentivized Reviews
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Most Trusted Reviews

We couldn't find any quality reviews

Least Trusted Reviews

We couldn't find any low-quality reviews

Analysis Details

Note: While Amazon claims 16,790 reviews, we counted 16,778 available on their site.

Fail Reviewer Participation

  • 91%
  • From reviewers with an overrepresented participation

We see the following 2 participation groups with a statistically significant greater concentration than what we'd expect to see:In total, we found that 15186 reviewers (or 91%) are within an overrepresented participation group. These reviews have rated this product an average of 4.7, while all other reviews have rated this product an average of 4.5. Based on our statistical modeling, the discrepancy in average rating between these two groups is significant enough to believe that the difference is not due to random chance, and may indicate that there are unnatural reviews.

From reviewers with an overrepresented participation

From reviewers with a properly represented participation


4.7
4.5


Read more about our Reviewer Participation test.

Fail Skewed Helpfulness
We examined the average net helpfulness score of negative reviews against the average net helpfulness score of positive reviews. The net helpfulness score is the number of times a review has been marked as helpful minus the number of times a review has been marked as unhelpful. We found that the negative reviews had an average net helpfulness score of -1.0 while the positive reviews had an average net helpfulness score of 0.0. Based on our statistical modeling, this discrepancy is significant enough to believe that the difference is not due to random chance, but possibly due to influence of unnatural voting patterns.

Example critical reviews

0.0 average net helpfulness for positive reviews

-1.0 average net helpfulness for negative reviews


Read more about our Skewed Helpfulness test.


Warn Deleted Reviews

We discovered a total of 1 deleted review for this product, with an average rating of 5. Even though deleted reviews don't affect the average rating, the fact that action was taken to delete reviews raises some red flags about the integrity of the reviews for the product as whole.

5.0 average rating of deleted reviews

5.0



Read more about our Deleted Reviews test.

Warn Rating Trend

  • 75%
  • Created over 189 days

We counted 16,778 reviews for this product over the span of 1,721 days, an average of 9.7 reviews per day. If these reviews were created randomly, there would be a 99.9% chance that we would see 22 or fewer reviews on any given day.

However, we see the following 189 days exceeding this threshold:In total, we found that 12,661 reviews were created on just 189 days. This is an excessively high number of reviews submitted on these high volume days.

from reviews created on high volume days

from reviews created on normal volume days


4.7
4.7


Read more about our Rating Trend test.

Warn Suspicious Reviewers

Take-Back Reviewers


676 of the 16,778 reviewers have had at least one of their past reviews for another product deleted. While this is more Take-Back Reviewers than we'd expect to see, it does not appear to have a significant impact on the overall rating.

from take-back reviewers

from reviewers without previously deleted reviews


4.6
4.7


Read more about our Suspicious Reviewers test.

Pass Unverified Purchases

275 of the 16,778 total reviews for this product are unverified purchases. This is within an acceptable range and it does not appear to be significantly affecting the overall rating for this product.

from unverified purchasers

from verified purchases


4.4
4.7


Unverified purchases may be the result of Kindle Unlimited readers, buyers who didn't pay full price, or reviewers who did not purchase the product at Amazon. Read more about our Unverified Purchases test.

Pass Word Count Comparison

  • 0%
  • Have an overrepresented word count
We didn't find any review word count groups that had a statistically significant greater concentration than what we'd expect to see in this category.
Read more about our Word Count Comparison test.

Pass Phrase Repetition
  • 0%
  • Used substantial repetitive phrases
0 of the 16,778 total reviews for this product use substantial repetitive phrases between them. This is within an acceptable range and it does not appear to be significantly affecting the overall rating for this product.
Read more about our Phrase Repetition test.

Pass Overlapping Review History

4% also reviewed:
Bosch Season 2 by Eric Overmyer

4% also reviewed:
Sneaky Pete by Seth Gordon

3% also reviewed:
Justified Season 1 by Carl Beverly

Does not include products
from the same brand


5,107 of the 16,778 reviewers have substantial overlapping product review history. This is within an acceptable range and it does not appear to be significantly affecting the overall rating for this product.

from reviewers with substantial overlapping history

from reviewers without a substantial overlapping history


4.7
4.7


Read more about our Overlapping Review History test.

Pass Reviewer Ease
The ease score is the average rating for all reviews that a given reviewer submits. The average ease score for reviewers of this product is 4.4, while the average ease score for reviewers in this category is 4.4.

4.4 Product's Average Ease Score

4.4 Category's Average Ease Score


4.4
4.4


Read more about our Reviewer Ease test.


Pass Brand Repeats

Brand Repeaters


11 of the 16,778 reviewers have reviewed other products for this brand. This is within an acceptable range and it does not appear to be significantly affecting the overall rating for this product.

from Brand Repeaters

from Non-Repeaters


4.9
4.7


Read more about our Brand Repeats test.

Pass Incentivized Reviews
On Oct 3, 2016, Amazon prohibited incentivized reviews, however we still test for them since there are still millions in our dataset.

  • 0%
  • Admitted to receiving an incentive
We didn't detect any reviews that used language indicating they were incentivized.
Read more about our Incentivized Reviews test, or check out our study showing that Incentivized Reviewers are much more likely to leave a positive review.