Here are the scores of top Emmy rivals for Best Drama Series — their Metacritic Scores vs. their rankings in our Predictions Center
Breaking Bad at the top where it belongs!
Yep. And my second favorite show is at #3.
Not only does BB have the highest Metacritic score the possible Drama Series nominees, but it has the highest Metacritic for any series in the site’s history.
Missed dexter with 81. Great for Breaking Bad, lets hope the second half gets that 100%!!!
I love Metacritic, but it needs to be noted for any casual readers that the site is designed for films. “Metascores” for television seasons are based on whatever episodes the series sends out to critics in advance of the season airing, except in the very rare cases when a site reviews the show later and Metacritic adds that score in. Which meant this year:
6/7 episodes: Downton Abbey
5/12 episodes: Boardwalk Empire
5/13 episodes: Hannibal
4/8 episodes: Da Vinci’s Demons
4/9 episodes: Vikings
4/10 episodes: Game of Thrones
4/10 episodes: The Newsroom
3/8 episodes: Breaking Bad
3/10 episodes: Bates Motel
3/15 episodes: The Following
2/12 episodes: Homeland
2/13 episodes: Mad Men
2/13 episodes: Justified
2/13 episodes: The Americans
2/13 episodes: House of Cards
2/16 episodes: The Walking Dead
2/22 episodes: The Good Wife
Tom forgot to include Nashville (84), which sent just 1/21 episodes to critics. Dexter sent 3/12 episodes.
How do you know how much episodes were sent?
There is no one single database. I just went to the reviews; the
critics usually say at some point, “Based on the three episodes that
were made available…” or something along those lines.
It is also worth noting that critics tend to review series that they
have seen before with past seasons in mind, so risks will be viewed
skeptically in new shows and rewarded in older shows. Here are the
first-season scores for the non-first season shows above.
92 Downton Abbey
88 Boardwalk Empire
82 The Walking Dead
79 Game of Thrones
77 Mad Men
76 The Good Wife
74 Breaking Bad