‘Life on Mars’: Critics’ choice

Posted by Kathy Lyford

LomInteresting item on Yahoo today about the Metacritic ratings for new fall shows. Metacritic is a web roundup of entertainment reviews, which is owned by CBS Interactive. Thus they are quick to point out that CBS led all networks in their rankings.

Much like our panel of TV fanatics, Metacritic rated ABC’s time-travel cop drama Life on Mars highly. It was also a hit with viewers.

Here are Metacritic’s top 10 shows, followed by each show’s Metacritic score. (Read the fine print* for how the scores are compiled.)

1. Life on Mars (ABC) 78
2. Sons of Anarchy (FX) 68
3. The IT Crowd (IFC) 68
4. Fringe (Fox) 67
5. Easy Money (CW) 67
6. The Mentalist (CBS) 65
7. True Blood (HBO) 64
8. Worst Week (CBS) 62
9. The Ex List (CBS) 62
10. Little Britain (HBO) 61

Our Season Pass panel only viewed network, not cable shows. (We have yet to complete ratings for CBS’ “Eleventh Hour” or NBC’s “Crusoe” but I’m pretty sure neither of those will rank highly based on the ratings thus far.)

Our top 5:
1. Privileged (CW)
2. Life on Mars
3. Fringe
4. Worst Week
5. 90210 (CW)

*Metascores range from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews, and lower scores indicating less favorable reviews from critics. The Metascore is considered a weighted average because Metacritic assigns more significance, or weight, to some critics and publications than to others, based on the overall stature and quality of those critics and publications. In addition to critical reviews, entertainment enthusiasts can also voice their opinions by submitting their own ratings and reviews. By providing a weighted Metascore and an average consumer score for each release, Metacritic helps consumers make informed decisions about how to spend their entertainment dollars and time.