Breakout Shows (December 31, 2022 - January 06, 2023): 1899 may be cancelled but demand for the series remains robust

11 January, 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.

When Netflix announced its decision to cancel 1899 a few days ago, fans and viewers were left confused by the decision and the platform's reasoning. Demand for the series has tracked higher than the first two seasons of Dark, another German show by the same creators which was Netflix's best performing German language series yet. Following the cancelation announcement, not only has there been an expected jump in social activity, but we have also measured an increase in consumption/viewership, with demand for 1899 jumping by 55%. As of this week, the show had 25.5 times the average series demand in the U.S., climbing up the list to take third place in the breakout shows rankings.

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Wednesday remained at the top of the ranking for yet another week, despite demand for the show falling by 12% this week. The series still managed to maintain a wide lead over the rest of the series in the ranking, with 37.8 times the average series demand. It was followed by Paramount+'s Tulsa King in second place with 27 times the average series demand. The Sheridan-verse series which has been widely well praised by both fans and critics, is likely to see a jump in demand from next week when its penultimate episode airs on January 08 in the lead up to the finale.

Bocchi the Rock! from Tokyo MX had another 3% increase in demand this week, likely fueled by its finale that aired on December 25 which prompted an upward tick in demand for the anime. This week it had 16.8 times the average demand and took seventh place on the chart. Meanwhile, demand for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury fell by 15% this week, with the show taking eighth place in the rankings with 15.7 times the average series demand.

Rounding out the ranking this week we see another Sheridan-verse series 1923 in ninth place with 14.4 times the average series demand, a 3% increase from last week. The show premiered on December 18 and is set to continue following a weekly episodic release schedule until January 22, so it is likely we will continue seeing demand for 1923 continue to rise as it heads towards its finale. It was followed by AMC's Interview with the Vampire in tenth place with 14.1 times the average series demand. Despite ending almost two months ago on November 13, the series has held its own among the spate of newer releases. It will be interesting to see how long it can keep audiences interested however, given that demand for the show has been slowly dropping each week. 

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