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!


ABC Region – First Round Matchups

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What will happen in the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at Hell in a Cell 2015?

  • The Undertaker will beat Brock Lesnar clean (27%, 270 Votes)
  • Brock Lesnar will beat the Undertaker clean (25%, 248 Votes)
  • Kane will interfere reuniting the Brothers of Destruction (15%, 152 Votes)
  • John Cena will pin both Brock Lesnar and the Undertaker (13%, 130 Votes)
  • Paul Heyman turns on Brock Lesnar (7%, 68 Votes)
  • The Undertaker will cheat heavily to win (6%, 63 Votes)
  • Double DQ/Non Finish (6%, 59 Votes)

Total Voters: 990

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What did you think of WWE Hell in a Cell 2015?

  • Thumbs up! (43%, 246 Votes)
  • Thumbs in the middle (30%, 170 Votes)
  • Thumbs down (27%, 152 Votes)

Total Voters: 568

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Who will be the Undertaker & Kane's partner against the Wyatt Family at WWE Survivor Series 2015?

  • Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose (46%, 227 Votes)
  • The Dudley Boyz (31%, 154 Votes)
  • The Usos (16%, 78 Votes)
  • The Ascension (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Prime Time Players (3%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 495

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Who will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

  • Roman Reigns (50%, 356 Votes)
  • Brock Lesnar (14%, 98 Votes)
  • Dean Ambrose (12%, 89 Votes)
  • John Cena (5%, 38 Votes)
  • Cesaro (5%, 33 Votes)
  • Sheamus (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Kevin Owens (4%, 26 Votes)
  • Undertaker (3%, 24 Votes)
  • The Rock (3%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 713

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FOX Region – First Round Matchups

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What do you think the finals will be in the WWE World Heavyweight Title Tournament?

  • Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (67%, 196 Votes)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (23%, 68 Votes)
  • Cesaro vs. Dean Ambrose (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Kalisto vs. Neville (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 294

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What do you think the finals will be in the WWE World Heavyweight Title Tournament?

  • Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (81%, 224 Votes)
  • Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (16%, 44 Votes)
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Owens (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. Dean Ambrose (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 278

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What did you think of WWE Survivor Series 2015?

  • Thumbs down (55%, 206 Votes)
  • Thumbs in the middle (29%, 108 Votes)
  • Thumbs up! (17%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 377

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Which wrestler from outside WWE/NXT would make the most immediate impact in WWE?

  • Goldberg (23%, 130 Votes)
  • AJ Styles (20%, 112 Votes)
  • Kurt Angle (19%, 110 Votes)
  • Jeff Hardy (17%, 97 Votes)
  • Batista (12%, 67 Votes)
  • Rey Mysterio (7%, 38 Votes)
  • Ricochet (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Young Bucks (1%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 570

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CBS Region – First Round Matchups

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Who will come out of WWE TLC 2015 as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

  • Roman Reigns (58%, 249 Votes)
  • John Cena (23%, 97 Votes)
  • Sheamus (20%, 84 Votes)

Total Voters: 430

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What did you think of WWE TLC 2015?

  • Thumbs up! (51%, 191 Votes)
  • Thumbs in the middle (27%, 101 Votes)
  • Thumbs down (22%, 83 Votes)

Total Voters: 375

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What did you think of Roman Reigns winning the World Heavyweight Title on WWE Monday Night Raw?

  • It was awesome, put him over the top as a star! (38%, 240 Votes)
  • All time great booking! (17%, 108 Votes)
  • Where is John Cena? (15%, 97 Votes)
  • Really well done, but I'll reserve judgment (15%, 93 Votes)
  • It was OK (5%, 33 Votes)
  • There is nothing they could do to save Roman! (5%, 31 Votes)
  • I did not care for it at all (4%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 629

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After the WWE World Heavyweight Title, what is the 2nd most prestigious championship in the USA?

  • WWE Intercontinental Title (31%, 108 Votes)
  • WWE US Title (28%, 100 Votes)
  • NXT Title (21%, 74 Votes)
  • ROH World Champion (11%, 38 Votes)
  • TNA Impact World Champion (9%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 353

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NBC Region – First Round Matchups

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Who is the WWE MVP of 2015?

  • Roman Reigns (43%, 441 Votes)
  • John Cena (20%, 200 Votes)
  • Seth Rollins (14%, 139 Votes)
  • Brock Lesnar (10%, 98 Votes)
  • Dean Ambrose (6%, 59 Votes)
  • Kevin Owens (3%, 35 Votes)
  • Paige (2%, 20 Votes)
  • Triple H (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Sheamus (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Stephanie McMahon (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,019

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Who would be the coolest surprise for the WWE Royal Rumble 2016?

  • Goldberg (24%, 412 Votes)
  • Daniel Bryan (19%, 318 Votes)
  • Randy Orton (13%, 224 Votes)
  • The Undertaker (11%, 188 Votes)
  • AJ Styles (10%, 175 Votes)
  • Kurt Angle (10%, 164 Votes)
  • Batista (7%, 118 Votes)
  • Samoa Joe (3%, 51 Votes)
  • Chris Jericho (3%, 44 Votes)
  • RVD (1%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,714

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What is the most impactful signing of the recent past?

  • A.J. Styles to WWE (78%, 382 Votes)
  • Nakamura to WWE (12%, 58 Votes)
  • James Storm to TNA (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Michael Bennett to TNA (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Young Bucks to ROH (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Rocky Romero to New Japan (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 488

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Who do you think will win the 2016 WWE Royal Rumble?

  • Brock Lesnar (40%, 577 Votes)
  • Roman Reigns (35%, 498 Votes)
  • HHH (11%, 154 Votes)
  • John Cena (5%, 66 Votes)
  • AJ Styles (4%, 51 Votes)
  • The Undertaker (3%, 39 Votes)
  • Finn Balor (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Nakamura (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Chris Jericho (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Chris Jericho (0%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,425

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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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