Breakout Shows (February 25 - March 03, 2023): Amazon's "Daisy Jones & The Six" rocks its way to the top of the breakout shows ranking

6 March, 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.

This week brought some interesting changes to the breakout shows ranking as we see audience attention shifting towards a few new players that entered the race. Amazon's new rock and roll saga Daisy Jones & The Six had an impressive 49% increase in demand and entered the ranking in fourth place this week, only just below Peacock's Poker Face. The series starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin, is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel about the meteoric rise and fall of a Fleetwood Mac-like band in 1970s Los Angeles. The level of demand for Daisy Jones is interesting, considering that it only just premiered on March 03. The show had 23 times the average series demand this week and since it's expected to follow a weekly episodic release schedule, it will be interesting to see how it fares in the face of new content coming in from Ted Lasso, The Last of Us and Star Wars and the Star Trek franchises this month.

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Demand for HBO's latest series The Last of Us increased by 9% this week, making it 60.4 times more in demand than the average series in the U.S. The increase came ahead of the penultimate episode airing on March 05. As mentioned last week, we expect to see some more double digit increases in demand for the apocalyptic series as viewers begin catching up to the episodes in preparation for the finale on March 12. Since its finale on February 26th, 1923 saw a minor 2% increase in demand as well, remaining in second place for yet another week with 29.8 times the average series demand.

Paramount+'s Wolf Pack continued to increase in demand this week as well, spiking by another 12% and moving up to take sixth place on the chart. It was followed by TV Tokyo's Trigun Stampede in seventh place with almost the same level of demand. Both shows seem to be neck and neck this week, with Wolf Pack at 18.6x and 18.4x the demand average so it will be worthwhile to see which one of the two comes out on top next week.

The most dramatic increase in demand was observed for Amazon Prime Video's new series, The Consultant. The black comedy thriller series released on February 24 and in just the first week alone, saw a 246% increase in demand which pushed it into the ranking in ninth place. While the show itself has received generally positive reviews, Chris Waltz's performance has been lauded by many, with some calling it "the best part" of the series. Rounding out the top ten breakout shows this week we see SYFY's The Ark make its way into the ranking in tenth place with 16.3 times the average series demand. The series saw a 2% increase in demand after its fifth episode aired on March 01.

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