Breakout Shows (September 23 - 29, 2023): 'The Continental' and 'Gen V' capture audience attention with stellar debuts

3 October, 2023

Image: The Continental: From the World of John Wick, Peacock

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 90 days.

The top four positions in the ranking may have remained the same this week, but some notable changes in demand have been observed. As predicted last week, Disney+’s Ahsoka had a further 7% increase in demand which made it 65.4 times more in demand than the average series. The increase came after its penultimate episode aired this week, and it is expected that the show will have a bigger spike in demand next week when its finale airs on October 03.


One Piece also had a similar 6% increase in demand after Netflix announced that it would be back for a second season. Another reason that can be attributed to the spike is veteran actor Jamie Lee Curtis announcing her intent to join the second season, with showrunner Matt Owens enthusiastically backing it up. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon had a 13% decline in demand, followed by Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake which also had a decline, although a minor one. Both shows had almost the same level of demand and were neck and neck with one another. It’ll be interesting to see which one maintains its position next week. 

A new entrant was spotted among the top breakout shows ranking this week - Peacock’s The Continental rose the ranks to take fifth place with 26.5 times the average series demand. The show had an impressive triple digit increase in demand right after its first episode premiered on September 22. Audience interest in the series isn’t surprising considering that the show comes from the world of the hit John Wick films; although reviews for the series have so far been mixed, we’ll have to wait and see if that sways audiences or if they’ll stick with the show until its finale

Barring one show, the remaining contenders in the ranking all had a decline in demand. My Adventures with Superman slid further down the ranking to sixth place this week, followed by Special Ops: Lioness in seventh place with 19.6 times the average series demand. The one show that actually had an increase in demand was Prime Video’s Gen V, a spin-off of the hit series The BoysThe show hit the ranking after premiering its first three episodes on September 29, seeing a 76% increase in demand in its debut week. If demand for The Boys iis anything to go by, it’s likely that Gen V will continue climbing the ranks as it continues airing episodes through its first season run.

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