Breakout Shows (March 11 - 17, 2023): "Gotham Knights" premieres with exceptional audience demand

21 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.

The CW's Gotham Knights had a strong premiere this week, as it entered the breakout shows ranking with 16.9 times the average series demand - a whopping 146% increase since its first episode aired on March 14. While the series is set in the same timeline as the video game of the same name, and the projects are unrelated, this does go to show why tapping into gaming audiences has become such an important strategy in Hollywood in terms of cinematic expansions.

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The Last of Us ended on March 12 with a season finale that led to another 4% increase for the series which made it 63.5 times the average series demand - keeping it in first place this week as well. With most shows that follow a weekly episodic release schedule, it is not unusual to see spikes in demand in the week or two after ending, since viewers tend to ctach up to the episodes or binge them all together. It remains to be seen if we will see a similar pattern with The Last of Us or if this is the highest level the show will reach for this season. In second place we see Prime Video's Daisy Jones & The Six retain its position as a result of a further 3% increase in demand this week.

The battle for third place in the ranking was won by an unexpected candidate this week. Pushing down 1923 to fourth and Poker Face fifth, Hulu's History of the World, Part ll rose up the ranking to take third position. As mentioned last week, Brooks' fan base has remained strong and has created a hit for Hulu 40 years later. The show had 27.1 times the average series demand this week, a 30% increase since last week.

Two more shows had a double digit increase in demand this week - Paramount+'s Wolf Pack and Prime Video's The Consultant saw a 14% and 25% increase each. The increased audience attention for Wolf Pack isn't surprising as it comes after the season finale aired on March 16, making it 20.2 times more in demand than the average series. The Consultant on the other hand, looks to be more of a sleeper hit for Amazon since it premiered all its episodes on February 24 but seems to be drawing more audience attention as the weeks go by. It will be interesting to see if the show continues to grow in demand next week as well. 

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