Breakout Shows (January 28 - February 03, 2023): "Poker Face" enters the game

7 February, 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.

The biggest increase in demand (+27%) was observed for a new player in the rankings this week - Peacock's Poker Face, which has been widely well recieved by critics and viewers since its premiere on January 26. The thriller series starring Natasha Lyonne, directed by Glass Onion's director Rian Johnson has been performing well in terms of audience demand so far, and it is likely that it'll be on the receiving end of more attention over the next two weeks - thanks to Stephen King's latest tweet praising the show, and the ever increasing slate of positive reviews surrounding it. While it remains to be seen just how high the demand for Poker Face is likely to go, for its first week post-release it has done impressively, with 15.8 times more demand than the average series.

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The top two positions in the ranking remained unchanged for yet another week. While Netflix's Wednesday is still top dog despite a 6% decline in demand this week, HBO's The Last of Us is hot on its heels, with demand for the shows being at 34.2x and 33.4x respectively. Since the latter ended over 2 months ago and The Last of Us is set to air episodes all the way until mid-March, it's extremely likely that we will see it take the throne soon enough.

Two other shows that had an increase in demand this week were National Treasure: Edge of History (+5%) and another new series, Trigun Stampede (+11%). The spike in demand for National Treasure came right after its penultimate episode aired on February 01, pushing it up to sixth place in the rankings with 16 times the average series demand. As the show inches closer to its finale episode on February 08, we expect to see more jumps in demand in the lead up and right after the date before it peters off. Meanwhile, TV Tokyo's Trigun Stampede has had a strong debut week. Based on the titular manga which has a strong following, the anime series seems to be capturing U.S. audience attention quite well, with demand for the series sitting comfortably at 15.8 times the average series demand, almost exactly the same as Poker Face.

Netflix's latest Pinkfong acquisition, Bebefinn, also made its way into the ranking this week with 15 times the average series demand, a 2% increase from last week. Rounding out the top breakout shows this week, we see That 90's Show in tenth place after a considerable 35% drop in demand resulted in the series sliding down the chart. Demand for the series fell rapidly this week, as audience attention moved onto other new releases.

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