Breakout Shows (May 13 - 19, 2023): While "Queen Charlotte"'s reign continues, new challengers emerge

23 May, 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 week of May 13 - 19 saw Netflix's Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story keep its throne as the top breakout show in the U.S. for yet another week, despite a 15% decline in demand. The show, which had an impressive debut run after its premiere on May 04, had 29 times the average series demand in the U.S. for the week. An interesting movement was observed among the top three positions in the ranking this week. Ahead of its return to screens on May 23 (after a short two week break), The CW's Gotham Knights saw a 17% increase in demand and rose up to take third place with 23.1 times more demand than the average series. As mentioned last week, the fate of the show - which has not yet been greenlit for another season - seems to be driving audience demand for the series, especially given the fact that Gotham Knights fans have launched a campaign asking The CW to renew the series.


Demand for HBO Max's thriller Love & Death remained strong this week as well, dropping only by 3% this week as the show held on to its position in third place. Unicorn: Warriors Eternal also impressively maintained almost the same level of audience demand as last week although it slid to fourth place, losing its position in third to Gotham Knights after the latter's double digit increase in demand this week.

After its third episode aired on May 12, Silo moved up to fifth place in the ranking with 22.6 times the average series demand - a 6% increase from last week. Based on Hugh Howey's novel, the series has received a number of positive reviews, which could lead to increased audience attention on the show over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, Paramount+'s Rabbit Hole and Peacock's Mrs. Davis both saw a drop in demand this week, -6% and -2% respectively. Rabbit Hole ended on May 07 so the drop in demand for the series is not unexpected, while Mrs. Davis only just aired its finale on May 18, which means it is likely that we may see a spike in demand for the show next week as viewers catch up to the episodes.

A new series entered the breakout shows ranking this week - Disney+'s The Muppets Mayhem, a musical comedy show had a 44% increase in demand after it premiered all ten episodes on May 10. The show marks the first big Muppets project since 2014, and stars Lilly Singh, Tahj Mowry, Saara Chaudry, Anders Holm. It also includes guest appearances from stars like Kesha, Lil Nas X and "Weird Al" Yankovic among many others, likely contributing to the popularity of the series this week. Rounding out the breakout shows ranking this week, we see ABC's The Company You Keep in tenth place with 18.7 times the average series demand, a further 9% decline in demand since its finale on May 07.

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