Breakout Shows (February 12 - 18, 2022): 1883 surges toward its finale

22 February, 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.

1883 finally broke into the top 10 breakout shows ranking this week. It had 25.5 times the demand of the average series, a near doubling of its demand last week (13.4x). The show has just fallen short of the top ten in prior weeks. Paramount is clearly eager to continue expanding the Yellowstone franchise. Last week it was announced that a new slate of episodes had been ordered for 1883. A sequel series, 1932 was also announced.

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Among the three most in-demand breakout shows, the hype around Pam & Tommy seems to be dissipating this week. Demand for the Hulu show was down 13% this week. Peacemaker continued to steadily grow its demand which increased by a further 6% from last week. While The Book of Boba Fett has concluded, it is still comfortably at the top of the chart with 43.3 times the average series demand. At the opposite end of this week's ranking, demand for Reacher is rapidly falling. The show has already dropped down to tenth place in the weekly ranking and its demand has fallen by nearly 20%.

Two new series made a big splash this week. Netflix's Inventing Anna premiered on February 11th to mixed reviews. The show is the latest in a recent wave of true crime dramas trying to tap into demand for the genre. It had 22.6 times the average series demand this week. Peacock continues to lean into nostalgia inducing reboots, although it would be more accurate to call Bel-Air a reimagining of The Fresh Prince of the 90's. The new series is a modern day drama based on The Fresh Prince story. As the show releases episodes weekly its demand could trend either way. Either the initial hype around the show will fade away or audiences will discover they love the new interpretation of a beloved story. One the one hand remakes are a safe bet which leverage proven source material. However it is a fine line to walk - veer too far from the original and risk alienating fans or stick too close to the existing playbook and the entire point of a remake is questioned.

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