Season Ratings Plotter
This program creates a plot graph that shows user ratings for one or several seasons of a TV series. Ratings and other data are scraped (downloaded) from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). You can include as many seasons in the plot graph as you like.
Here is what you need:
- Python version 3.6 or higher
- Python library requests
- Python library beautifulsoup4
- Python library matplotlib
- Python library seaborn
These four libraries are not included in the Python Standard Library. An easy way to install them is by using pip. Open a terminal and enter the following commands:
pip install requests pip install beautifulsoup4 pip install matplotlib pip install seaborn
To get things going, run the script ratings_plotter.py in this repository. That's the main program. It will automatically import the module imdb_scraper.py to scrape the required data. If you want you can use the scraper module on its own, but you don't have to.
The program will ask you for the URL of an episode. For every TV series, IMDb.com has a summary page as well as pages for each episode. It's important that you look up the IMDb page of an episode. Preferably you should choose the first one in a season, but that's up to you. Here is an example. Copy the URL and paste it to the prompt in your terminal.
Starting with the episode from the URL you provided, the program will collect data on every following episode, one season after another. When it reaches the end of the series, it saves all gathered data in a file named scraped.json.
Creating the Plot Graph
If you scraped more than one season, you can choose which of them you want to include in the graph. The graph is displayed in a new window. When you close it, the program ends. You can adjust the size of the window by dragging its borders, and you can save the graph by clicking the disk icon below.
When you run the program again, it will find and import the data file. So if you want to create a new graph for the same series, you can skip the scraping part. The file is overwritten after the scraping of a new series is finished.
Good to Know
- If you're only interested in, say, season 8 and newer, start with the first episode of that season.
- Episodes with a future release date won't be scraped.
- For some episodes, the IMDb shows no rating yet. The program will insert an episode rating of 0 (zero) instead.