Marvel Vs. DC on TV: Which Comic Book Giant Reigns Supreme?

Find out which comic book TV universe comes out on top and which series fans prefer in the results from Rotten Tomatoes' Fall TV Survey.

by | November 2, 2018 | Comments

Daredevil keyart and Robin from Titans character poster (Netflix; DC Universe)

When Rotten Tomatoes asked users about their television viewing habits in our Fall TV Survey, we got intel on how much TV they watch, how they watch it, and other details. We also asked them one very important question: Marvel or DC?

In the battle of the comic book titans, the percentage of RT users who prefer Marvel’s shows just barely edged out the diplomatic among you (a.k.a. the ones who prefer both). Interestingly, the number of users who prefer DC to Marvel is far lower. The RT user breakdown is 31.54% Marvel, 31.39% both, 26.63% neither, and just 10.44% DC.

Among Marvel viewers, the most popular show for RT users is also the No. 1-ranked show on the Tomatometer (which means the critics agree!): Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with 19.85% of users saying it’s their favorite. Marvel’s Daredevil is next, with 14.56% of RT users saying it’s their favorite, followed by Marvel’s Jessica Jones with 11.43%, Legion with 8.10%, and Marvel’s The Punisher with 6.16%. Marvel’s Iron Fist comes in last among RT users (with 0.88% saying it’s their favorite) and on the Tomatometer (with a 37%, followed only by the one-season series Marvel’s Inhumans).

David Lee/Netflix
(Photo by Netflix)

Daredevil also ranks second among RT users’ favorite Netflix series (with 6.24% of users saying it’s their favorite, behind Stranger Things).

On the DC side, 11.64% of RT users said The Flash is their favorite, and 11.16% say they like Gotham best. Interestingly, while Black Lightning is in the top 3 DC shows by Tomatometer (with a 98% score, and a Certified Fresh first season), it comes in second-to-last among RT users’ favorites (with only 3.26% saying it’s their favorite). Krypton comes in second-to-last on the Tomatometer (with a 59% score, followed only by the one-season sitcom Powerless), and last among RT users’ faves (with 1.30% of respondents calling it their favorite).

Gender affected the Marvel vs. DC results by just a few percentage points, but in key ways: more women preferred neither (33.56%), then both (31.39%), then Marvel (24.77%), and finally DC (10.28%). Among male respondents, 34.49% prefer Marvel, 34.03% prefer both, 20.14% prefer neither, and 11.35% prefer DC.

The Flash -- "We Are The Flash" -- Image Number: FLA423b_0449.jpg -- Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash -- Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW -- 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
(Photo by The CW)

For DC fans, the top show among women was Lucifer (10.76%), then Gotham (9.26%), then The Flash (7.48%). For men, it was The Flash (16.39%), then Gotham (13.67%), then Preacher (9.45%). For Marvel fans, the top show among women was S.H.I.E.L.D. (19.27%), then Jessica Jones (13.61%), then Daredevil (6.89%). For men, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. (24.87%), Daredevil (19.43%), and Legion (9.02%).

Want to know where the series rank on the Tomatometer? Check out the Marvel and DC guides below!

Tag Cloud

Sneak Peek History YouTube Red YA MCU cancelled batman serial killer National Geographic sequel composers spanish language Super Bowl Calendar facebook toy story Winners Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Trivia Kids & Family Star Trek foreign natural history GoT PaleyFest Western Sundance Avengers Rock aliens New York Comic Con films Pop USA Network Schedule a nightmare on elm street sag awards supernatural talk show Podcast Awards Tour 45 VICE 72 Emmy Awards Disney Plus Baby Yoda Mary Poppins Returns versus crime thriller canceled mutant Cannes 21st Century Fox Reality Competition Cartoon Network DC streaming service Mindy Kaling comedies franchise series Hear Us Out TNT 20th Century Fox christmas movies Netflix Christmas movies Acorn TV politics emmy awards technology Columbia Pictures PlayStation ghosts Discovery Channel rotten IFC Netflix Rom-Com stoner APB Country Mary Tyler Moore all-time twilight documentary blaxploitation Comedy werewolf Horror joker Film Festival Crackle Mystery Grammys Disney+ Disney Plus Travel Channel Endgame E3 IFC Films Lifetime 007 discovery Pixar robots Disney political drama video on demand FXX Paramount Network movies TCA diversity GIFs Binge Guide Dark Horse Comics what to watch Trailer medical drama comiccon RT History Rocketman Music Crunchyroll BET true crime Writers Guild of America Premiere Dates The Purge Starz DGA zero dark thirty documentaries YouTube Premium vampires Chernobyl disaster PBS dogs parents OWN First Look TCA 2017 war Apple child's play Amazon The Witch criterion Watching Series 4/20 Pop TV 2016 Spring TV FX on Hulu independent doctor who cancelled television Amazon Prime die hard reboot Toys psychological thriller A24 stand-up comedy Action 2015 animated SundanceTV ratings Teen Nickelodeon Classic Film Warner Bros. Election dark satire Shudder blockbuster Disney Channel laika TCM Set visit Marvel Studios NYCC Elton John Marvel Television FOX Freeform concert romantic comedy BBC America Sundance Now CW Seed 24 frames fast and furious Funimation Walt Disney Pictures docudrama ABC Family Arrowverse The Walking Dead revenge Best and Worst classics Lionsgate Video Games scary movies chucky Awards latino CMT ABC tv talk casting Marvel spy thriller GLAAD cinemax Box Office Hallmark Christmas movies Creative Arts Emmys comics Television Academy DC Comics harry potter elevated horror Film Pride Month mission: impossible television Tumblr BET Awards anime halloween Summer nbcuniversal Reality Amazon Prime Video ITV hollywood worst ESPN Television Critics Association A&E Year in Review San Diego Comic-Con Pirates free movies children's TV comic TV renewals CBS Drama Comics on TV sitcom cats Turner Classic Movies The Arrangement BAFTA Marathons Paramount See It Skip It finale TCA Awards strong female leads Tarantino WarnerMedia sports breaking bad golden globes Turner Amazon Studios streaming E! spider-man Black Mirror TCA Winter 2020 Spike MTV The CW cancelled TV series Winter TV Superheroe Cosplay Nominations Ghostbusters Vudu cartoon dceu unscripted Oscars TIFF crossover spain TLC TV Land Quiz Adult Swim singing competition WGN President cars USA Heroines superhero Sci-Fi American Society of Cinematographers game of thrones Tomatazos Hulu Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Valentine's Day Photos OneApp Food Network Masterpiece police drama Martial Arts adventure south america cooking boxoffice Opinion video romance Holiday Ellie Kemper Black History Month name the review VOD Red Carpet biography TruTV FX stop motion Academy Awards kids mockumentary dramedy Certified Fresh 2020 news dragons indie Christmas space Fall TV Rocky Pet Sematary Brie Larson zombies YouTube Apple TV Plus hist Hallmark Emmy Nominations Infographic TV HBO Go AMC Anna Paquin Spectrum Originals VH1 movie game show DirecTV Universal adaptation HBO Max slashers Trophy Talk Musicals anthology festivals quibi Lucasfilm Family Stephen King asian-american Lifetime Christmas movies LGBTQ richard e. Grant Disney streaming service CNN Polls and Games BBC One Interview Sony Pictures 2018 SDCC social media science fiction best Song of Ice and Fire jamie lee curtis Thanksgiving El Rey psycho universal monsters Mary poppins Mudbound Women's History Month RT21 Emmys nature Star Wars NBC 71st Emmy Awards indiana jones Countdown directors obituary Showtime transformers miniseries Biopics Musical screen actors guild Superheroes Bravo 2019 critics book Captain marvel travel Syfy zombie First Reviews Tubi Fantasy Comic Book SXSW spinoff canceled TV shows CBS All Access cults HBO Logo Sundance TV crime TBS Comedy Central crime drama Fox News period drama Esquire Character Guide justice league screenings dc historical drama witnail Holidays 2017 renewed TV shows binge Epix DC Universe Nat Geo Apple TV+ thriller based on movie cancelled TV shows rotten movies we love theme song LGBT Extras cops MSNBC Britbox X-Men reviews Ovation BBC Animation award winner teaser Peacock Shondaland hispanic green book