Best TV Show March Madness Bracket Tournament 2014 – First Round Voting Continues with Top Seeds The Walking Dead, Burn Notice, Scandal, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, New Girl, Dexter, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and More

It is time once again for the annual Inside Pulse TV Tournament. Get out your green beer! The biggest and most talked about tournament during the “March Madness” season is back! So stop working or pretending to work and take a look at this year’s bracket.

It’s been two years since the last “Best TV Show” tournament, but so much has changed in the world of TV. Roughly one-third of the shows that were in the 2012 “Best TV Show” tournament are no longer on the air. In addition, cable television and premium channel shows have gotten better while network television shows have stayed about the same. Maybe that is why for the first time last year all of the dramas nominated for an Emmy were not on network television. Lets not forget that this past year Netflix and Amazon have jumped into the original television scene as well. They have released some critically acclaimed shows that can’t be ignored. So lets get to this year’s tournament.

There are 128 shows in this year’s tournament, and believe it or not, it was tough to narrow it down that much. To qualify for this year’s tournament, a show had to have aired a new episode since June 2013. So that automatically disqualifies a few shows from HBO and SHOWTIME and a few cable shows who won’t be back with new seasons until later this year.

There are 32 seeded shows in the tournament. The seeds were selected based on four different criteria: live ratings, DVR ratings, awards, and most-talked about. If a show was watched by a lot people LIVE or on DVR within a few days; it was talked about a lot the next day on social networks; and it got nominated for awards, it likely was selected as a higher seed. The seeds really don’t mean a whole lot, though. If a show is better, just vote for that show.

A few more things before you get to the bracket. Just like the real NCAA Tournament, there were some automatic qualifying shows. They might have been in lesser conferences i.e. networks, but they each won their network tournament to earn a spot in the championship tournament. So you will see a few shows from each of the “lesser” cable networks with more from the “upper” cable and premium networks. But the majority of shows come from ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, and CW. Even with 128 shows, I’m sure there are still some of your favorites that didn’t make it into the field. But the majority of your favorites should be there. Take a look at the bracket yourself by going here:

2014 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

Remember, when you do place your votes in this tournament, you should always vote on what is the best show RIGHT NOW. Some of these shows have been around for years, but if they are not at the top of their game in their current season, and a newer show is, then you should vote for the newer show. Past performance might come into play, but you should judge these shows on their merits today.

As you can see there are four different regions with 8 top seeds each, and 24 other shows. There are 64 matchups in the first round that need YOUR votes! So the time is now. Tell all your friends. It’s up to YOU to VOTE for which show you think is the best on TV. Make sure to vote for all the matchups as every vote counts.


First Round Matchups
ABC REGION

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #1 - The Walking Dead (AMC) (90%, 44 Votes)
  • Treme (HBO) (10%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • The Middle (ABC) (53%, 20 Votes)
  • Pawn Stars (HISTORY) (47%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #8 - Criminal Minds (CBS) (56%, 22 Votes)
  • Dallas (TNT) (44%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Melissa & Joey (ABC FAMILY) (75%, 27 Votes)
  • American Idol (FOX) (25%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Eastbound and Down (HBO) (61%, 25 Votes)
  • #4 - Glee (FOX) (39%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Castle (ABC) (74%, 31 Votes)
  • Big Brother (CBS) (26%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Doctor Who (BBC America) (73%, 33 Votes)
  • #5 - Survivor (CBS) (27%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO) (62%, 26 Votes)
  • Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (38%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #2 - Dexter (SHOWTIME) (64%, 27 Votes)
  • Blue Bloods (CBS) (36%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Grimm (NBC) (81%, 30 Votes)
  • Teen Wolf (MTV) (19%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #7 - Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX) (78%, 31 Votes)
  • Surburgatory (ABC) (23%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Parenthood (NBC) (83%, 24 Votes)
  • The Originals (CW) (17%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #3 - New Girl (FOX) (54%, 19 Votes)
  • Bates Hotels (A&E) (46%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Psych (USA NETWORK) (76%, 31 Votes)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) (24%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #6 - True Detective (HBO) (76%, 26 Votes)
  • House of Lies (SHOWTIME) (24%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Bones (FOX) (83%, 30 Votes)
  • The Biggest Loser (NBC) (17%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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FOX REGION

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #1 - Burn Notice (USA NETWORK) (82%, 27 Votes)
  • The Good Wife (CBS) (18%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • South Park (COMEDY CENTRAL) (80%, 32 Votes)
  • Alpha House (AMAZON) (20%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #8 - Family Guy (FOX) (83%, 30 Votes)
  • Switched at Birth (ABC FAMILY) (17%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Parks & Recreation (NBC) (70%, 28 Votes)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) (30%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Arrested Development (NETFLIX) (63%, 25 Votes)
  • #4 - Downton Abbey (PBS) (38%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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VS.

Which TV Show is Better?

  • Shark Tank (ABC) (58%, 19 Votes)
  • Girls (HBO) (42%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Person of Interest (CBS) (64%, 23 Votes)
  • #5 - Chicago Fire (NBC) (36%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Revolution (NBC) (50%, 18 Votes)
  • Falling Skies (TNT) (50%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #2 - Modern Family (ABC) (83%, 34 Votes)
  • The Mentalist (CBS) (17%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Suits (USA NETWORK) (63%, 17 Votes)
  • Moonshiners (DISCOVERY) (37%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Workaholics (COMEDY CENTRAL) (53%, 19 Votes)
  • #7 - 2 Broke Girls (CBS) (47%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • White Collar (USA Network) (50%, 17 Votes)
  • Mike & Molly (CBS) (50%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #3 - The Blacklist (NBC) (54%, 21 Votes)
  • The Simpsons (FOX) (46%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Veep (HBO) (61%, 20 Votes)
  • Undercover Boss (CBS) (39%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #6 - Mad Men (AMC) (64%, 25 Votes)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS) (36%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • American Horror Story (FX) (61%, 20 Votes)
  • Raising Hope (FOX) (39%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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CBS REGION

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #1 - Breaking Bad (AMC) (88%, 30 Votes)
  • Shameless (SHOWTIME) (12%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • The Following (FOX) (57%, 17 Votes)
  • Rookie Blue (ABC) (43%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #8 - Under the Dome (CBS) (63%, 20 Votes)
  • Being Human (SYFY) (38%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Homeland (SHOWTIME) (84%, 26 Votes)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) (16%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #4 - House of Cards (NETFLIX) (68%, 25 Votes)
  • Cougar Town (TBS) (32%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Royal Pains (USA NETWORK) (74%, 20 Votes)
  • Swamp People (HISTORY) (26%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #5 - Game of Thrones (HBO) (93%, 37 Votes)
  • The Fosters (ABC FAMILY) (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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VS.

Which TV Show is Better?

  • Sleepy Hollow (FOX) (66%, 21 Votes)
  • The Goldbergs (ABC) (34%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #2 - How I Met Your Mother (CBS) (94%, 32 Votes)
  • Gold Rush (DISCOVERY) (6%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • The Newsroom (HBO) (50%, 13 Votes)
  • The Vampire Diaries (CW) (50%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #7 - True Blood (HBO) (52%, 16 Votes)
  • The Daily Show (COMEDY CENTRAL) (48%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Nashville (ABC) (54%, 13 Votes)
  • CSI (CBS) (46%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #3 - The Voice (NBC) (73%, 16 Votes)
  • Mistresses (ABC) (27%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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VS.

Which TV Show is Better?

  • The Americans (FX) (55%, 17 Votes)
  • The Soup (E!) (45%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Sullivan & Son (TBS) (54%, 15 Votes)
  • #6 - Duck Dynasty (A&E) (46%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Arrow (CW) (63%, 27 Votes)
  • Justified (FX) (37%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

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NBC REGION

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #1 - The Big Bang Theory (CBS) (84%, 38 Votes)
  • Hart of Dixie (CW) (16%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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VS.

Which TV Show is Better?

  • Top Chef (BRAVO) (63%, 17 Votes)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (37%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #8 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) (92%, 33 Votes)
  • Franklin & Bash (TNT) (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Community (NBC) (79%, 27 Votes)
  • Covert Affairs (USA NETWORK) (21%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #4 - Grey's Anatomy (ABC) (56%, 14 Votes)
  • Ray Donovan (SHOWTIME) (44%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • The Colbert Report (COMEDY CENTRAL) (56%, 19 Votes)
  • Elementary (CBS) (44%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #5 - NCIS (CBS) (90%, 26 Votes)
  • The Bachelor (ABC) (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) (56%, 20 Votes)
  • Vikings (HISTORY) (44%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #2 - Scandal (ABC) (58%, 18 Votes)
  • Men at Work (TBS) (42%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) (50%, 17 Votes)
  • Supernatural (CW) (50%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #7 - Once Upon A Time (ABC) (70%, 23 Votes)
  • Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) (30%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Revenge (ABC) (80%, 20 Votes)
  • Drop Dead Diva (LIFETIME) (20%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #3 - Pretty Little Liars (ABC FAMILY) (80%, 20 Votes)
  • The Glades (A&E) (20%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • Last Man Standing (ABC) (57%, 13 Votes)
  • The Millers (CBS) (43%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • #6 - Sons of Anarchy (FX) (93%, 28 Votes)
  • Baby Daddy (ABC FAMILY) (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Which TV Show is Better?

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) (66%, 19 Votes)
  • Chicago PD (NBC) (34%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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The first round polls will stay open for one week. Remember to tell all of your friends to vote as well!

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