Breakout Shows (March 04 - 10, 2023): Mel Brooks' "History of the World" makes a comeback - The sketch comedy that's still captivating audiences 4 decades later

14 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.

Amazon's Daisy Jones & The Six rose up to second place in the ranking this week, the result of another 45% increase in demand since last week. The rock and roll series has been the talk of the town lately after Daisy Jones & The Six became the first fictional band to top itunes charts the day after it premiered, and the little easter egg in the first few episodes that honored Elvis Presley which caught viewers' attention. So far, the series seems to be performing impressively among U.S. audiences as it became 33.5 times more in demand than the average series this week.

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The Last of Us remained the top breakout show for yet another week in a row. Demand for the series was observed to be relatively stable, almost the same as last week - just marginally higher this week. Given that the finale aired on March 12 however, we expect to see a substantial increase in demand for the show next week as more data comes in and audiences catch up to the episodes so far. It'll likely remain at the top of the ranking for the next few weeks given the wide lead the show has in the ranking at the moment. As of this week, it had 60.7 times the average series demand in the U.S.

Peacock's Poker Face seemed to be up against Paramount+'s 1923 in the battle for third place in the ranking this week. Demand for Poker Face grew by 4%, while the latter conversely had a 10% drop. This makes sense we consider the fact that 1923 ended well over two weeks ago, while Poker Face only just aired its finale episode on March 09. It's likely that the Peacock series might just see another spike in demand next week as more audiences catch up to the finale, which may just push it up to third position. Meanwhile, we see Apple TV+'s grief comedy series Shrinking take fifth place in the ranking with 22.2 times the average series demand this week, a 6% increase. The show has already been greenlit for a second season ahead of its season finale on March 17.

A 105% increase in demand saw new entrant make its way into the ranking this week. Hulu's sketch comedy series, History of the World, Part ll premiered on March 06 much to the excitement of fans of the original Mel Brooks movie that released in 1981. Now, 40 years later Mel Brooks is back on screens as the narrator as well as creator and writer of the show. All episodes of the series are available on the platform as the finale aired on March 09. Clearly Brooks still has a robust fan base, as demand for the show propelled it up to sixth place in the ranking with 20.7 times the average series demand in the U.S. for the week.

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