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SHOWS ON THE RISE: Netflix Subscribers Devour “Sick Note;” “Vikings” Premiere Stuns

"Sick Note" named the top series in new "Shows on the Rise" report. Sky One

Introducing our latest report, “Shows on the Rise,” where we rank the Top 10 shows by viewership lift week-over-week (via tracking in our TV Time app). While binge viewing is a major trend in television watching these days, it doesn’t always capture shorter, linear gems that are still making an impact on audiences.

Topping our first report is Sick Note. A Sky One original which launched last summer, the first two seasons of the Rupert Grint cancer dramedy is captivating global fans after its November 23rd drop on Netflix. Meanwhile, period pieces are resonating well with Netflix viewers. Frontier (No. 2) on Discovery Canada and Netflix continues to rise, as does the third season of The Last Kingdom (No. 9). But it’s another conquering Nord that really had fans tuning-in last week with History’s Vikings (No. 7), which is the report’s big performer. The show’s mid-season premiere arrived on November 28th to a 77% increase with only one episode released last week, while other international literary book adaptations seemed to tantalize fans with gains for HBO’s My Brilliant Friend (No. 3) and The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (No. 8) on Sky Living and Epix, which continue to impress.

Will The CW’s “Elseworlds” crossover (beginning with The Flash on Sunday) propel big tune-in numbers for its three participating CW shows? Or will the premieres of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on December 5th and the second season of Starz’s Counterpart be the series that resonate most with our TV Time app users?

DID YOU KNOW? That while no broadcast programming made it into our Top 10 this week, The Resident (FOX), 9-1-1 (FOX), and New Amsterdam (NBC) followed in the 11,12, and 13 positions respectively.

*Methodology: Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. "Shows on the Rise" is calculated by determining the increase in episodes watched for a given program in the last week over the previous week.

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