Breakout Shows (October 15 - 21, 2022): 'Rings of Power' goes out with a bang but 'House of the Dragon' still has higher to go

26 October, 2022

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 final episode of Season 1 of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was released on October 14th so this week's data captures the post-finale demand peak. On October 15th, demand for the show peaked at 55.7x in the US which is well above where demand for the show has been for most of the season. A slow burn for most of the first season seems to have finally paid off with a finale that was extremely successful in drawing audience attention. If this new level of demand is the starting point for season 2, expect future seasons to be even more dominant.


House of the Dragon continues to reach new heights going into its finale. This past week it had 62.3 times the demand of the average series - notably higher than last week when it had 55.9x demand. Demand for the show this week was driven by the penultimate episode which aired on October 16th. Next week we will have data on the much anticipated finale but at this point the show has seen multiple weeks of growing demand so momentum is in its favor going into the final week.

Among Disney+ series, Andor is picking up speed. Its demand was up nearly 10% this week, at approximately the mid-way point of its first season. Meanwhile, this is the first week since August 18th without a new episode of She-Hulk, following the show's finale on October 13th. Even though there was no new content to keep audience interest, its demand only fell by 4.5% this week. The less than precipitous post-finale drop could indicate audiences are still catching up on the show.

The Watcher, Netflix's new thriller from Ryan Murphy saw the biggest jump in demand this week, ranking as the 6th most in-demand new series following its premiere on October 13th. This and Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story give Murphy two of the ten most in-demand recent premieres just as his deal with Netflix is set to expire next year.

AMC's Interview with the Vampire continued to grow in demand this week (up 12% from last week) showing that audiences are continuing to discover this new series. It is also likely benefitting from the seasonal spike in interest for scary content as we approach Halloween.

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