Breakout Shows (April 08 - 14, 2023): "The Last of Us" continues to hold strong as top breakout show in the U.S., defying expectations

18 April, 2023

In this article we look at the top breakout shows of the past week. Breakout shows are the most in-demand series that have premiered in the past 100 days.

HBO's The Last of Us seems to have firmly cemented its position at the top of the breakout shows ranking, and looks like it's here to stay for a long time. While we expected to see the show lose its position to one of the new high demand shows over the course of the last few weeks, The Last of Us proved us wrong as another 2% increase amid all the season 2 talks made the show 43.1 times more in demand than the average series in the U.S. this week. The lead that The Last of Us has over its rivals is quite wide, as most other shows that were in the position to beat it, all suffered double digit declines in demand this week.

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Netflix's The Night Agent managed to remain in second place, but it doesn't seem likely to do so over the next week as demand for the series fell by 23% this week. This was a massive drop for the show, and made it only 29.8 times the average series demand, a far cry from the level it was at last week (39.2x). Daisy Jones & The Six also managed to retain its position in third place this week after a 17% decline made it 25.8 times more in demand than the average series. As with The Night Agent it is unlikely we will see Daisy Jones & The Six in the top three by next week either, since the limited series ended on March 24.

In fourth, fifth and sixth place we see Trigun Stampede, Rabbit Hole and Shrinking all maintaining almost the same level of demand that they had last week, albeit with a very minor decline being observed for each series. Meanwhile, Peacock's Poker Face came in next in seventh place with (almost) the exact same level of demand it had last week, 19.0x. The CW's Gotham Knights had a 3% increase this week after its fifth episode aired on April 11, which saw its demand rise to 19 times the demand average.

SYFY's The Ark retained its position in ninth place this week, thanks to a 3% increase which made it 17.3 times more in demand than the average series in the U.S. this week. The small spike in demand came after its penultimate episode aired on April 12. Considering that the finale is set to air on April 19, we expect to see a small surge in demand for the series next week before it slides off the ranking. Rounding out the top breakout shows this week, we see a new entrant - ABC's The Company You Keep took tenth place in the chart with 17.5 times the average series demand, a 9% increase which came after its seventh episode aired on April 09. The drama series which premiered on February 19, has been steadily amassing a fan-base and is set to air episodes until May 07, so it will be interesting to see how much it can grow in demand over the next few weeks.

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