October is here and that means the 31 Days of Halloween have begun. But for TV audiences, the promise of horror (and other genre shows) have been the highlight of their entire year. With so many great shows on the way — both new and returning — it’s a great time if you want to be spooked, but a killer time for genre on TV in general.
This is proven by Rotten Tomatoes, which polled 3,500 fans of the small screen about their franchise favorites and fall expectations. This in turn produced results showing that some fandoms die hard, that genre shows outweigh most everything else, and that horror reigned supreme as far as new shows went.
Topping the anticipatory charts for new shows, horror dominated with The Purge at number one, closely followed by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The adaptations are coming in hot, bringing beloved properties to TV in new ways, with plenty of spooky potential and tantalizing dramatic prospects.
As far as those returning, populating the top five shows that people are excited to catch new episodes of are Daredevil, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story, with Doctor Who and Outlander securing their tied position thanks to copious amounts of write-in votes. Genre continued owning the votes when it came to properties that fans WANTED to return, even if no plans to do so exist yet.
Firefly and Battlestar Galactica topped a reboot poll, with the death-defying cult hit Pushing Daisies beating out Fringe and True Blood in the rest of the top ten. Some fandoms die hard. Some even inspired viewers to spring for entire subscription services. That’s what happened with HBO and CBS All Access, which were both cited by some fans as services that they’ve only subscribed to for Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Discovery, respectively. And Hulu got the short end of the streaming stick, with 22.99 percent of polled fans saying that they should really get around to watching The Handmaid’s Tale, but they haven’t.
Netflix was the truly diverse winner of the streaming battle, with plenty of genre shows splitting the vote for fan favorite. However, one thing remained in common at the top: Stranger Things. Daredevil, Black Mirror, Altered Carbon, and Lost in Space also made appearances atop this section of the poll — in fact, Iron Fist was the only Marvel show not to make the top 30 of this list. Sad for Iron Fist, but good for the rest of the Defenders and Netflix’s genre gambles at large. As long as genre TV keeps hitting the air and adapting hot properties, fans will be happy - even if they still pine for some of their old favorites.