Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2012 – Third Round Voting Begins with Top Seeds Burn Notice, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, Community, New Girl, Dexter, Big Bang Theory Facing Off

The second round voting has ended and a handful of the top seeds were upset by non-seeded shows including one #2 seed!

The ABC Region only had 1 upset, though, and that was just the #8 seed Sons of Anarchy barely losing to South Park. The remaining top 7 seeds easily won their matchups with at least 60% of the vote. The Office had the most dominating win by defeating Hawaii Five-0 with 85% of the vote.

The FOX Region had ZERO upsets. All of the top 8 seeds advanced to the next round. Once Upon A Time had the closest call. New Girl and Curb Your Enthusiasm also had close fights. Modern Family had the most dominating victory. But that now sets up an interesting round 3 with all the top seeds battling it out in this round.

The CBS Region saw half of its top seeds go down! Besides #8 Smash losing to Criminal Minds, the #3, #4, and #6 seeds also lost. #3 White Collar, #4 Revenge, and #6 Glee all lost by 5 votes to The Walking Dead, Cougar Town, and Grimm, respectively. The remaining top seeds pretty much dominated their competition with Community having the largest margin of victory.

The NBC Region also had 4 of its top seeds lose as well. #2 Survivor was the victim of the biggest upset when it lost by 2 votes to a SHOWTIME show, Homeland. Other Surprise winners were Family Guy over #6 The Middle and Weeds over #7 American Horror Story. They each won by 2 votes as well. The most dominating upset was 30 Rock easily defeating #8 Top Chef. We could have easily saw 3 more upsets this round, though. #1 Burn Notice, #3 True Blood, and #5 Bones all barely got past their opponents with each only winning by 3 or 4 votes. So in a region that was almost completely blown up, How I Met Your Mother had the biggest margin of victory with only 67% of the vote.

We started with 32 top seeds and we are now down to 23. The top half of the bracket only had 1 upset between two regions. So we should see some exciting battles between top shows up there. But the bottom half of the bracket features 8 top seeds and 8 non-seeded shows. There are even two battles between two non-seeded shows including Weeds and Homeland squaring off. One of those SHOWTIME shows is guaranteed to make it the Sweet 16. The winner between unseeded Grimm and The Walking Dead will also advance to the final 16 as well. So there will at least be a couple of Cinderella shows looking to upset things more.

If you don’t know what this is all about, go back to the First Round Voting Page and Second Round Voting Page, and get all of the details there. If you did vote in the first round, you should already know, so go check out the updated bracket for yourself by going here:

2012 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

Now on with the matchups and let the voting begin!


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Each of these polls will stay open for one week. Next week the next round begins and we will continue until the final show is crowed as the best some time around the middle of April. Remember to tell all of your friends to vote as well!

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