TV Madness 2019: NCIS, Suits do battle in round 2 showdown


TV Madness 2019 is officially upon us! March is one of our favorite times of the year for many reasons — spring is in the air, the days are getting longer, and the idea of a bracket is a part of our pop-culture lexicon. TV Madness is CarterMatt’s version of March Madness, where a number of fantastic shows from across the map face off against each other. There are seedings, head-to-head showdowns, and the performance of each show is based entirely on you, the reader.

Today, round two continues with a showdown between two long running-shows in NCIS and Suits that are looking to make it further in the tournament than they ever have before. With NCIS, it’s looking for more redemption after being defeated in the first round last year. Meanwhile, for Suits it’s looking to keep its underdog run going for what could be (rather sadly) its final run in the tournament. All good things must come to a close, but we’re not at the point of acceptance with its final-season order just yet.

If you’ve taken part in CarterMatt’s TV Madness before, you likely know how this works — we spotlight the two competitors and then, on the other side of it, give you a poll for you to commence your voting! The poll is located at the bottom of this article.

How voting works – Vote however often you would like! (Technical instructions for multiple voting can be found right above the poll.) We will keep this poll open until Wednesday,, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. The winner of this battle will take on either Outlander or Wynonna Earp — if you haven’t seen, this is already one of the most-competitive showdowns of the entire tournament so far with more than 10,000 votes in a single day.

You can see the full bracket (including start dates for each individual round) in the graphic at the top of this article.

The competitors

NCIS (#3 seed) – Can this be NCIS’ year to totally shine in TV Madness? We know that the long-running crime procedural has fans aplenty, but there’s a difference between having millions of viewers and millions of voters in a tournament like this. It managed to thwart off first-time participant Designated Survivor in the first round, but whether or not it ill be able to overtake Suits is still a test that needs to be figured out.

Creatively, we can still note that NCIS is arguably in a better spot than it’s been in quite some time. For starters, there’s a stable team and therefore no constant fears of someone coming and going. (Of course, we say this now and watch some whammy come out of nowhere and cause a little bit of a problem.) Meanwhile, Ziva’s alive! This twist is basically virtual energy that’s been coursing through our veins the moment that it was first revealed.

Suits (#7 seed) – What we have here is the first big-time Cinderella story in TV Madness! Technically, Wynonna Earp was a #5 seed, but it’s hard to call beating a #4 seed an enormous upset. We presume that it’s also quite hard to proclaim a show eight years into its run a major Cinderella, but it was up against a show in season 20. One that is viewed as a cultural institution. Not only that, but Suits deserves credit for winning in a landslide vote.

So what does Suits bring to the table in round 2? Momentum is a big part of it, but also more creative enthusiasm than perhaps ever before. Like NCIS, the fan base is energized and excited by a recent twist — with it being this time around the long-awaited romance of Harvey and Donna. Will it last? There’s no 100% confirmation, but we have a hard time imagining that creator Aaron Korsh is so cruel as to inject this in the story only to immediately pull the plug.

Related Check out some other TV Madness showdowns!

Let the voting commence…

Be sure to share who you want to see advance in our TV Madness Tournament below!

I can’t see the poll; what do I do? – If you are on mobile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click to view the non-AMP version. If that does not work, give the poll a moment to load! On some mobile browsers, it may take a moment.

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