Breakout Shows (December 10 - 16, 2022): Harry & Meghan's drama pays off for Netflix

20 December, 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.

Wednesday is continuing to draw in more audiences this week. The show had 77.8 times the average series demand which is a 30% increase from last week. Netflix announced the show had set a record for most hours viewed in a week. Our data shows that global demand for "Wednesday" has been tracking very close to the season 1 premiere of Squid Game. In fact, rising demand for the show has lasted longer and peaked higher than Squid Game. Global demand for Wednesday peaked at 115x. 20 days after it premiered compared to Squid Game's peak at 108x. 17 days after premiering.

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Demand for Netflix's documentary Harry & Meghan was 17.3 times that of the average series this week, ranking as the ninth most in-demand recent release. The controversial couple has divided public opinion and we have measured an overall negative sentiment for both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, this is not a bad thing for Netflix. Controversy sells, so even if audiences love to hate these royals they will still show up to watch the show.

Disney+ had three shows among the top ten premieres this week. Andor held onto its second place spot for yet another week even though its finale was on November 23rd. Demand for the Star Wars series dropped slightly this week, but at 30.2x it still has a comfortable lead over Tulsa King. The two other recent Disney+ releases with the highest demand, Willow and The Santa Clauses both rose in demand this week (to 21.2x and 19.6x respectively).

Looking ahead to next week, there is a good chance that 1899 may be knocked out of the ranking by another year. 1923 premiered on Paramount+ on December 18th. Given the high demand for the Yellowstone universe it seems likely that 1923 will feature in the top ten ranking alongside Tulsa King, both shows created by Taylor Sheridan. 

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