From the beginning this was really a 2 horse race. Arrow won the nomination round, Elementary won the semi-finals, with Arrow of course taking the finals. No other show finshed 1st or 2nd in any of the rounds. Seems this year was all about characters people already knew facing off as The CW version of The Green Arrow faced off with the Americanized version of Sherlock Holmes. The 2 shows really have been stand alone top of the class in a fairly thin rookie class. While I have watched & enjoyed all 5 of the finalists, these 2 really are the ones that have stepped up their game & its no coincidence you fans agreed. If there was 1 ommission in my own opinion from the list, it was The Newsroom, which failed to make it to the finals. It was kind of cool to see 2 based in Vancouver shows make the finals. Continuum, based in 2012 with "flashbacks..errr flashforwards...what do you call it?) to 2077 & the dinosaur roaming thru our city sci-fi hit take on the British version of the show "Primeval" Primeval: New World both garnered enough support to get into the finals book ending a cancelled ABC action/drama show "Last Resort"
Arrow beat runner up Elementary by 67 votes, 3rd place Continuum was 177 votes back, ahead of 4th place Last Resort by just 4 votes. Rounding out the finalists Primeval: New World finished 56 votes back
For the second year in a row a Vancouver made show won the Best New Show honours. This is the 1st win for the CW network in the category (AMC & ABC previously winning).
Final vote totals
Arrow (CW) 374
Elementary (CBS) 307
Continuum (Showcase) 130
Last Resort (ABC) 126
Primeval: New World (Space) 70