This February, the US and Canada celebrated Black History Month, and we saw a number of related shows thriving. Documentary series African Queens: Njinga stole the public eye as fans discuss the true tellings of Africa’s most fascinating rulers. Plus, Hulu’s mini-series The 1619 Project – featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones – discusses the consequences of slavery in America. Both shows were heavily commended online throughout February.
So, what makes a good TV show?
When it comes to online chatter, the best-performing shows last year were mostly new seasons of already popular shows. From Stranger Things to The Last Kingdom, many of these renewals have an already thriving cult following. And with each new release comes hoards of brand new fans.
Equally, you don’t need to be a new season of an existing show to thrive in the limelight. Dahmer and Wednesday were new releases, and they both stole the title of Netflix’s second most popular English-language series of all time (Stranger Things is yet to be topped). First Dahmar took the title, and then Wednesday snagged the second place from Dahmer.
The theme for 2022 seemed to be horror. With Wednesday’s mystery killer, Dahmer’s dark drama, and Stranger Things’ supernatural forces, we were all feeling gloomy last year. In 2023, maybe we’re seeing a similar theme with the popularity of You.
But it’s early days. We’ll have to keep on the pulse of the social data to see what comes out on top.