It’s been a fun month watching various shows face off in the 2019 TV Madness tournament at CarterMatt, but today, we officially kick off the final round! The end is just about here, and we’ve got two shows in Outlander and Last Man Standing who are set to face off for the title.
Before we go any further, let’s congratulate everyone for taking part this year! Hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast across the tournament, and it’s been a real joy seeing all of the fun and enthusiasm from people all over the world. One of the best parts of this tournament is always seeing the sense of community that comes from various fan groups who rally together to get their show to the very end. There are always some surprises, and we’ve absolutely had some this time around.
If you’ve taken part in CarterMatt’s TV Madness before, you likely know how things go — 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 Sunday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Shortly after that, the winner will be officially crowned! It’s a tight 72-hour window, give or take, so if you love either of these shows, you better get to voting fast.
Without further ado, let’s get to breaking down further the final two competitors before opening the poll!
Outlander (#1 seed) – Going into this year’s tournament, it was easy to have confidence in the Starz drama making it to the end. This is a former TV Madness champion and a final four participant last year that was able to steamroll its way through most of this tournament. It faced a couple of challenges in round 2 (versus Wynonna Earp) and then in round 4 (against Blindspot), but it still managed to win by fairly large margins both times. In total, Outlander has more votes across TV Madness this year than any other show … but none of that matters now. This is all cumulative and it’s based on the show that gets the most love now, over the next 72 hours.
Can Outlander get back to the summit? It’s going to be based on the show’s devoted community, which stretches across the world and includes both book and TV show fans alike. These are people who support it for the performances and the beauty setting, and of course the epic love story that reverberates through it.
Last Man Standing (#8 seed) – Meanwhile, we turn now to the underdog. Last Man Standing started the tournament this year as a virtual unknown in terms of voting — this was its first time in TV Madness, and its inclusion was inspired in part by the passion of its fans getting it back on the air in the first place. Since that time, it’s rattled off one impressive victory after the next, with the most notable one being its upset of Lucifer in the final four. It’s amassed a ton of votes and now, it’s got a chance to pull off the biggest upset in TV Madness history. A #8 seed has never won this tournament — the closest thing to it was back in 2018, when The Brave (a #7 seed) managed to unseat Timeless.
We’re absolutely intrigued about what could happen here for Last Man Standing, but really the finals this year are a win-win situation and we say that without being cheesy or cynical. Both of these shows are hits, and we feel confident that we’ll be seeing each one of them stick around for some time still.
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.
How can I vote more than once? – If you are having trouble casting multiple votes, try switching your browser, your device, or visiting the page under private browsing or incognito mode. There should be many handy guides online explaining how to do so if interested.
Update: Voting for the finals is closed. Be sure to visit the link here to see the results!