Amazon’s ‘The Wheel of Time’ was the biggest new series in the US last year


Fares Fares as “Ishamael.”Jan Thijs / Wheel of Time

“The Wheel of Time” was the most in-demand new series in the US that debuted last year.In its first 30 days of release, it was bigger than other new shows like “The Book of Boba Fett.” The show’s success is a good sign for Amazon’s expensive “Lord of the Rings” series.”The Wheel of Time” was a huge hit for Amazon last year, as the company invested heavily in genre TV.

The fantasy series, based on the “Wheel of Time” novels by Robert Jordan, was the biggest TV debut for a new series in 2021 among US audiences, according to the data firm Parrot Analytics.

The company said that “The Wheel of Time” had the greatest average audience demand in the US in the first 30 days after its premiere of any new series last year.The show was 43.2 times more in demand during its first 30 days than the average series in the US, ahead of other new shows like Netflix’s “Arcane” and Disney+’s “The Book of Boba Fett.”

Parrot Analytics measures audience demand, which reflects the engagement with and interest in, or overall popularity, of a series.

The success of “The Wheel of Time” is a positive sign for Amazon’s next high-profile fantasy series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which debuts in September.

A lot is riding on the “Lord of the Rings” series.Amazon is spending $465 million for just the first season, including $250 million for the rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

Amazon has also found success in other genre TV shows with the mature superhero series “The Boys,” which returns for its third season this year; the sci-fi series “The Expanse,” which recently wrapped up its final season; and “Invincible,” an animated superhero series that’s been renewed for a second season.

It was also in talks for the rights to a “Mass Effect” series, based on the hit sci-fi video-game franchise , Deadline reported in November.

“The Wheel of Time” boosted Amazon Prime Video’s platform demand share in the US for original shows in Q4 2021.Prime Video narrowly surpassed Disney+ in the quarter with 8.9% of the demand share compared to Disney+’s 8.1%.

Netflix was still dominant with 43.6% of platform demand share, though its market share has decreased in recent years as more streaming competition emerged.

Below are the top 10 biggest series debuts of 2021, based on audience demand in the US during their first 30 days of release:


“Shadow and Bone” (Netflix) Jessie Mei Li as Alina in Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone.”David Appelby/Netflix

Release date : April 23

Times more in demand than average series : 26.9

Description : “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

9.”Chucky” (Syfy) Steve Wilkie / USA Network

Release date : October 12

Times more in demand than average series : 27.2

Description : “An idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage ‘Good Guy’ doll turns up at a suburban yard sale.

Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town’s deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets.”

8.”Squid Game” (Netflix) Youngkyu Park

Release date : September 28

Times more in demand than average series : 33.8

Description : “Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games.Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.”

7.”Loki” (Disney+) Tom Hiddleston on episode one of “Loki.”Disney

Release date : June 9

Times more in demand than average series : 36.2

Description : “In Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki,’ the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame.'”


“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+) Marvel Studios

Release date : March 19

Times more in demand than average series : 37.8

Description : “Following the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities — and their patience.”

5.”WandaVision” (Disney+) “WandaVision”Disney Plus

Release date : January 15

Times more in demand than average series : 38.9

Description : “Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, ‘WandaVision’ marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+.The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

4.”Hawkeye” (Disney+) Disney / Marvel Studios

Release date : November 24

Times more in demand than average series : 40.1

Description : “Marvel Studios’ ‘Hawkeye’ stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld.”

3.”The Book of Boba Fett” (Disney+) “The Book of Boba Fett.”Disney+

Release date : December 29

Times more in demand than average series : 40.1

Description : “No longer just a hired gun, Boba Fett reinvents himself on Tatooine alongside Fennec Shand.”

2.”Arcane: League of Legends” (Netflix) “Arcane.”Netflix

Release date : November 6

Times more in demand than average series : 42.7

Description : “Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions.”


“The Wheel of Time” (Amazon Prime Video) Jan Thijs / Amazon Studios

Release date : November 19

Times more in demand than average series : 43.2

Description : “The lives of five young villagers change forever when a strange and powerful woman arrives, claiming one of them is the child of an ancient prophecy with the power to tip the balance between Light and Dark forever.They must choose whether to trust this stranger — and each other — with the fate of the world before the Dark One breaks out of His prison, and the Last Battle begins.”

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