Moving into the People’s Choice Awards 2018 airing on E! on Sunday night, we come bearing some early predictions! While we don’t have any actual insight on how these awards will go, we do at least think that we’ve got a good indication of how internet fandoms vote and the enthusiasm that goes into such campaigns. We’re making some of our predictions with this in mind.
Note that these predictions are for who we think will win various awards, and not so much for our own personal preferences. We’re also only doing the TV awards — that’s what CarterMatt is all about and we don’t want to muddy the waters too much with other categories getting in here.
Show of 2018 – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. While there are many shows nominated with significantly larger audiences, the question we wonder here is how badly other fandoms really wanted or needed this award. For Shadowhunters, this marked a chance to actually help in their save-our-show campaign and we think that this matters significantly. The only show we consider somewhat of a threat here is Grey’s Anatomy, though tonight could prove that wrong.
Drama Show of 2018 – Riverdale. Like with Shadowhunters, it doesn’t have the biggest total audience of the nominees. Yet, we do feel reasonably confident that this has a larger total internet audience than almost any other on the list. Riverdale isn’t in danger, but we do think there’s an eagerness among the fandom for more awards.
Comedy Show of 2018 – The Big Bang Theory. While it’s not our own personal choice, we do think that the audience size, plus this being the final season, matters a lot in this case.
Revival Show of 2018 – Queer Eye. This is a total shot in the dark given that none of these shows have a tremendous online following. We’re going with the choice that seems to inspire a lot of fun among some of its fans.
Competition Show of 2018 – RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s probably a two-show race between this series and Big Brother, but we’re not sure Big Brother fans are going to be super-enthusiastic about casting their votes here.
Male TV Star – Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters. We foresee this one being fairly close between Shum, Andrew Lincoln, and Freddie Highmore; yet, the enthusiasm of the ShadowFam should carry Harry to a win here.
Female TV Star – Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters. Expect a close battle here between Katherine and Riverdale star Camila Mendes. We’re just leaning this way because of the incredible campaign to bring the series back and the campaigning that Katherine herself did while at New York Comic-Con.
Drama TV Star – KJ Apa, Riverdale. This is close between him and Darren Criss for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, but the recency of Riverdale should help it out.
Comedy TV Star – Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. Comedy shows don’t tend to get the same turnout as dramas. With that, we tend to think that the most-recognizable name from one of the biggest shows will typically win.
Daytime Talk Show – The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Is there really any need for debate here?
Nighttime Talk Show – Jimmy Kimmel Live!. We’re not super-confident about the choice, but it just feels like he’s had the most headlines as of late of the people listed.
Competition Contestant – Nikki Bella, Dancing with the Stars. She just has the largest consistent fan following of the nominees, though Big Brother alum Cody Nickson is an interesting contender with a big following.
Reality TV Star – Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. There’s no conspiracy here because the show’s on E!. She’s just the most-famous person on the list by a mile.
Bingeworthy Show – Outlander. This is the only category that it was eligible for this year, and that may help it since everyone who loves the Starz series will be consolidated with their voting efforts here. It’s the only category we could see Shadowhunters losing in leading up to the show.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy Show – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. While Wynonna Earp is a good challenger, we think the series will eke out one more win.
What do you think about some of our predictions leading into the People’s Choice Awards tonight? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments. (Photo: People’s Choice Awards.)