Rotten Tomatoes Launches Coverage of Television Series, Expanding The Popular Tomatometer Ratings System To TV

LOS ANGELES--()--Rotten Tomatoes®, the most trafficked and frequently referenced aggregator of reviews from top movie critics, announced today that it has expanded its coverage to television, highlighted by the extension of the highly-popular Tomatometer ratings system to television programming. Television coverage launches as part of the TV Zone, a new section at which features:

  • Tomatometer scores based on aggregated critics’ reviews of television series on a by-season basis
  • Continually expanding coverage - initially of prime time, scripted series from the last five years through the new fall season, with critics’ reviews and Tomatometers per season
  • Original articles, interviews and columns about television series and the television business
  • Episode pages with recaps for the most popular series powered by Wikia, The Social Universe for Fans, By Fans
  • Fan Forums

ABC's new television series, “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” – which is among premieres of this TV season generating the most buzz – is sponsoring the launch of the Rotten Tomatoes TV Zone. The highly anticipated move by Marvel into live action television aligns with Rotten Tomatoes expanding its brand from film into TV.

"We're very excited about covering television on Rotten Tomatoes,” said Matt Atchity, Editor-in-Chief of Rotten Tomatoes. “For over fifteen years, Rotten Tomatoes has been a popular and widely referenced measurement of critical reaction to movies, and we're now applying that same idea to television. As more and more great television series get produced, viewers can use the Tomatometer to help choose which programs to watch.”

The Tomatometer for Television ranks television seasons based on critic reviews. Seasons that earn a score of 75% or higher, with at least twenty reviews, are considered Certified Fresh. Some of the hottest series this fall with seasons that are Certified Fresh and are also Emmy-nominated include:

  • AMC’s “Breaking Bad” – which rose from 79% in Season 1 to 100% in its final season
  • HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” with 100% in Season 3
  • PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” with 100% in Season 2
  • Showtime’s “Homeland” at 100% for Season 1
  • Netflix’s “House of Cards,” with 81% in Season 1

More examples of TV series with seasons that are Certified Fresh include:

  • ABC’s “Scandal” at 89% for Season 1
  • The CW’s “Arrow” at 88% for Season 1
  • Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” at 88% for Season 1
  • FOX’s “New Girl” at 84% for Season 1
  • NBC’s “Community” at 78% for Season 4
  • CBS’s “Mike & Molly” at 76% for Season 1

At its launch, Rotten Tomatoes aggregates reviews from more than seven hundred television critics to calculate its Tomatometer scores for television seasons. Reviews are referenced from a wide range of media outlets, including national newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post; regional newspapers like the New York Post and the Los Angeles Times; websites like Television Without Pity and BuzzSugar; and pop culture magazines such as Slant and Entertainment Weekly – among many others. The Tomatometer for movies is widely syndicated to major digital retail partners, making it the most referenced and trusted barometer of movie quality.

About Rotten Tomatoes

As the web's leading aggregator of reviews from top entertainment critics, Rotten Tomatoes ( offers the most comprehensive guide to movies and television shows. Rotten Tomatoes has more than 30 million unique visitors every month across web and mobile, and features more than 2.5 billion user reviews and ratings. It is also the number one movies Twitter handle, with more than 1 million Twitter followers. Rotten Tomatoes is embedded in the Flixster Movies app, which has more than 70 million mobile installs and is the most popular app among movie fans on Facebook. The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. The Tomatometer can be found practically everywhere movie information is available, including leading cable and satellite TV operators, major online entertainment destinations, news broadcasts and newspapers nationwide. Rotten Tomatoes Radio, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity, Senior Editor Grae Drake and the Rotten Tomatoes editorial team – with frequent celebrity guests – airs live on SiriusXM Indie Channel 104 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm PT/ 7pm ET; with rebroadcasts Fridays at 3 am PT/ 6am ET & 4pm PT/ 7pm ET and Saturdays at 5am PT/ 8 am ET & 1 pm PT/ 4pm ET.


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Rotten Tomatoes launches new Tomatometer ratings and coverage of television.


for Rotten Tomatoes
Aaron Henry, 310-245-8218