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Breakout Shows (December 4 - 10): The Sex Life of College Girls Ends on a High Note

17 December, 2021

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.

The Sex Lives of College Girls for the first time ranked in the top 10 most in-demand new series this week. While it premiered on November 18th, it only reached its highest levels of demand this week following the release of its finale on December 9th. The show has consistently grown in demand over the course of its first season. This week the show was 21.4 times more in-demand than the average series, which is up by 30.3% from last week. HBO Max took a mixed release strategy with this series, dropping several episodes at a time each week, balancing continued demand growth each week with the higher demand peaks achieved by dropping multiple episodes at once.  

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Three new series continued to be in a class of their own at the top of the chart, each with around 40x the average series demand. The Wheel of Time topped the ranking for another week with 41.7 times the average series demand. Hawkeye fell just short of this with 39.9x. Arcane still had surprisingly high demand three weeks after its season finale although its demand saw the largest decrease among the top 3 shows, down 10.6% from last week. 

Among the top six new series, Dexter: New Blood, was the only one to see its demand increase this week. However, it currently sits at 25 times the average series demand, which puts it far from overtaking the 3rd spot in the weekly ranking. With episodes scheduled into January it has many weeks still to grow its demand though.

Two CBS shows, Ghosts and CSI: Vegas ranked as the 8th and 9th most in-demand breakout shows this week respectively. Both improved their rank this week. Notably, demand for Ghosts was up by 18.5% this week. The show will be on hiatus until its next episode which is scheduled for January 6th. It remains to be seen if the show will be able to keep up its momentum after a nearly month-long break.

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