Is Lewis better than Inspector Morse? I don't think so, but that seems to be the consensus opinion of this site's voting bloc.
As of Sept. 13th, 2008, Morse has an overall show rating of only 8.0, compared to Lewis at 8.5.
Also, looking at ratings of the individual episodes, only seven from Morse have been rated 9.0 or higher (21% of the total, counting the five specials); Lewis, by comparison, has already put five of eight over that mark (63%), with the pilot barely missing joining them as well.
Is this the usual "score creep" where current fans always bid up ongoing shows while off-air products, by comparison, receive a more critical look? Or do folks agree with these relative outcomes?
Don't get me wrong, I like Kevin Whatley. But he's no John Thaw.
[Note: I first posted this on the Lewis page a few days ago, but it occurred to me that half the primary audience might not see it unless I also put it here. I already voted in the other poll (for Inspector Morse), so I'm not re-voting here to keep things accurate].