That didn’t take long. A few hours after Variety‘s Marc Graser tipped the first big change at rottentomatoes.com since the site launched in 1998, Atlantic Wire fellow Esther Zuckerman has given the expansion a thumbs down.
Launching Tuesday, RT’s TV Zone will rate TV series using the same scale that is employed for movies. With one big difference – TV ratings will be tied to full seasons rather than single episodes. Writes Zuckerman:
TV criticism isn’t the same as movie criticism. Whereas movie criticism is fairly finite — a critic states his or her case and it’s done — television criticism has to account for the fact that shows can vary wildly over the course of their seasons. Note, for instance, how initially critics weren’t too thrilled by Mad Men or Breaking Bad at the shows’ outsets…
The launch of the TV Tomatometer is being sponsored by ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Once everything is in place for the new RT section, it will definitely be interesting to see for example whether The Sopranos gets a higher rating than Breaking Bad, and so on. We should also give RT the benefit of a few initial months to work out any kinks in the system.