Breakout Shows (August 13 - 19, 2022): She Hulk smashes The Sandman in its first week

25 August, 2022

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.

She Hulk: Attorney at Law stormed to the top of the weekly breakout shows ranking this week. It had 25.1 times the average series demand, a decent lead over Netflix's The Sandman (21.4x) which was at the top of the chart last week. This show is a departure from what audiences have come to expect from Marvel's recent series on Disney+, having been compared to a 30 minute workplace sitcom. Marvel seems to be hedging its bet on a new format by heavily leveraging fan favorite characters from throughout the MCU in this show. Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Daredevil, and Wong all had cameos in the trailer for the show, which should guarantee that any fans uncertain about the new format will be excited about tie-ins with the rest of the MCU.


Disney+ had a good week in general, with four of the ten most in-demand new series coming from its platform. In addition to She-Hulk, I Am Groot also made its debut in the weekly ranking. The MCU is also branching out with this show. It is a series of five animated shorts with five more currently in development. Like its title character this show seems to be punching above its weight and making an impact with a small amount of content. For the week, it had 14.9 times the average series demand. It will be interesting to see if Disney+ continues to experiment with the Marvel franchise in creative ways like it is with She Hulk and I Am Groot.

A League of Their Own was the other series this week that made a notable splash. The show is an adaptation of the 1992 film with updated characters and storylines. It seems to be balancing a familiar story with a fresh take that makes it interesting enough for those familiar with the movie. All eight episodes of the season were released on Amazon Prime Video on August 12th so it remains to be seen how lasting demand for the show will be if audiences are able to binge through the entirety of the season.

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