Breakout Shows (November 20 - 26): The Wheel of Time on a Roll

3 December, 2021

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.

In the first full week following its premiere, Amazon's The Wheel of Time showed strong demand growth. The show, based on the fantasy book series of the same name, was the second most in-demand breakout series this week with 45.2 times the average series demand. Demand for the show peaked on November 21st, two days following its premiere, when it had 48.7 times the average series demand. It is scheduled to drop weekly episodes until the end of December, almost guaranteeing that it will hold onto audiences' attention through the end of the year.

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Arcane remained at the top of the ranking of breakout shows this week. Its demand grew by 8.6% from last week following the final episode drop on November 20. Netflix's strategy of releasing episodes in batches across three weeks seems to have worked as demand for this show grew each week.

The newest premiere in the ranking this week is Hawkeye, which premiered on Disney+ on November 24th. It is likely that this show will soon be battling with The Wheel of Time for the top spot on this chart. The three other live-action Marvel series that came before it on Disney+ are all contenders for the most in-demand premiere of the year.

Dexter: New Blood, a continuation of Dexter which ended in 2013, was the 7th most in-demand breakout show this week, with 20.4 times the average series demand. The show premiered on November 7th, but has seen strong growth in demand over the past week as new audiences discover the show and existing Dexter fans come home.

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