I have seen lots of "save our show" campaigns over the years. In the new era of instant info coming across our computers, smartphones & TV's, pretty much every show with more than 10 viewers has had 1. Sadly, most dont do well at generating the attention they need. Some, have done it quite well. For the TNT recently canceled crime drama "Leverage" proof of their well constructed efforts is seen everywhere since the cancellation was announced shortly before the series finale aired on Christmas Day. Winner of the 2013 Peoples Choice Award for best Cable drama, finishing 2nd on the TV.Com Best of 2012 vote for "Best Procedural" behind "Castle and now of course, winner of May Madness for "favorite TV show".
Going into this tournament, I considered Levarege an "outside favorite". There was a block of shows I considered the probable winners of their divisions. The Walking Dead, Lost Girl, Fringe, The Big Bang Theory. Castle, Supernatural & Once Upon A Time all came in to this event with a history of winning on their side. Each show having won multiple awards on my site, or been in the thick of things repeatedly. I expected my final 2 combatants would come from that small circle. While 3 of the final 4 did come from there, the 1 that wasnt from that group, Leverage, went on to win it all.
As for the runner up. Lost Girl 1st came into the attention of my site in 2011 when competition for the "Best Of TV Awards 2011" voting started & their lesbian couple Bo & Lauren were making waves in voting for Best Couple. They would eventually go on to win, giving Lost Girl their 1st, and to date still, only award on the site. Last year, Dr. Lauren Lewis also won favorite character honour in May Madness. Despite continually being in the top 5 in most categories they are in, they always seem to start strong, but finish around the same level of enthusiasm they started with. They have some close calls, Runner up in 2011 for BOTVA Sexiest actress. Runner Up 2012 BOTVA Favorite Character. But the show always seems to come up a bit short, finishing 3rd & 4th in some votes, never yet having won any awards for the show.
The "usual suspects" for winning awards, for the mostpart, did well in May Madness. The semi-finals, along with Leverage & Lost Girl, had regular contenders The Big Bang Theory & The Walking Dead also in the mix. Other shows that usually make long runs, Supernatural was knocked out in round 3 by champion Leverage, while in round 2 Once Upon A Time got beat by Supernatural in an early battle of heavyweights. Fringe on the other hand lost in round 3 to eventual runner up, Lost Girl. While Castle met the same fate in round 4.
In the category of shows who did better than expected. Rookie action show Arrow made it all the way to the elite 8 group in round 4, as did long since canceled Buffy The Vampire Slayer. On the other hand, suprising early exits could Firefly, Eureka, Burn Notice or Community probably shocked most people.
From pure raw votes standpoint, Leverage had 1981 votes over the 6 rounds, amassing their most votes in the final round with 846. Lost Girl had more votes over the tourney with 2247, but managed only their 3rd best round in the finals. Largest margain of victory was 457 by Leverage, over Lost Girl in the finals. Smallest margains of victory was 2, by Twin Peaks over Corner Gas and with Hannibal over Dawsons Creek both in round 1. A total of 12201 votes were cast, the finalists combined, had 34.6% of all the votes cast in the tournament (of course, benefit of the extra round(s) helped)
This is the 1st, and depending what format May Madness takes, if it does continue in the future, could be the last honour Leverage might win on my site. As they will not be eligible for any 2013 awards due to the timing of its final episode..... if only it had aired 1 week later.
Congratulations to the fans of Leverage for making your show the 2013 May Madness Favorite TV show winner. Congrats to the writers, creators, producers, crew & cast of the show for making a show your fans were so passionate about. I watched the show, I was a fan. It is a shame that TNT failed to see the value in it. Maybe the fans of it can take a page out of a May Madness round 3 competitor this year, Veronica Mars and put the $ together for a movie?
Round 1 Scores