The fall TV season has not been great -for critics, at least.
But broader audiences shouldn’t care about that too much. In fact, some of the most critically panned TV shows that premiered this fall are loved by audiences, and have the ratings to prove it.
“The Good Doctor,” for example, has quickly gained a devoted audience to become the most-watched show on television, beating ratings darling “The Big Bang Theory” with 18.2 million tuning into the third episode.
Critics, on the other hand, aren’t so into it.
We compiled a list of the shows that critics hate but audiences love, from “The Orville” on Fox (which just got picked up for season 2) to “Wisdom of the Crowd” on CBS. We used critic and audience scores from Rotten Tomatoes, and the differences are staggering.
Here are the new TV shows that critics hate, but audiences love:
6. “Valor” — The CW
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Critic score: 24%
Audience score: 56%
Summary: A drama about an elite unit of helicopter pilots, a failed mission and MIA soldiers.
What critics said: “There’s no reason a military drama can’t be blended with a soapy melodrama, but Valor doesn’t seem to have the right formula just yet.“ –Screen Rant
5. “Wisdom of the Crowd” — CBS
Critic score: 28%
Audience score: 83%
Summary: A tech innovator creates a cutting-edge, crowd-sourcing hub to solve his daughter’s murder and to revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco.
What critics said: “The series is playing with a lot of timely issues, but, at least based on the pilot, not with a lot of thought.” –Los Angeles Times
4. “Dynasty” — The CW
- The CW
Critic score: 54%
Audience score: 84%
Summary: A reboot of the sudsy drama about two wealthy families feuding over their fortune and children.
What critics said: “The script strains to make it all relevant, referencing other current dynasties including the Kardashians and the Trumps, but the whole enterprise nonetheless feels dated.” –The Boston Globe
3. “The Brave” — NBC
Critic score: 38%
Audience score: 87%
Summary: A drama that centers on military heroes who embark on dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
What critics said: “Nothing about the first episode makes us think The Brave is any different than most case-of-the-week fare built for mass appeal.” –Indiewire
2. “The Good Doctor” — ABC
Critic score: 48%
Audience score: 88%
Summary: Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
What critics said: “It’s a series that’s unrealistic yet predictable, and overly sentimental; it’s the This Is Us of medical shows, only it has a worse title.” –The Ringer
1. “The Orville” — Fox
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Critic score: 18%
Audience score: 93%
Summary: Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.
What critics said: “Let’s just say that this is not a frontier we’re interested in exploring any further.” –The Observer