HBO Max topped the list with ‘The Last of Us’ and Netflix scored the most spots for viewers of the most anticipated series, according to Whip Media
The new series, based on the popular video game of the same name, will follow a smuggler (Pedro Pascal) tasked with leading a teenager through a post-apocalyptic United States. It looks pretty cool. The talent behind the camera is also top-notch, with “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin partnering with Neil Druckmann, who created the original game for game studio Naughty Dog.
Overall, Whip Media has compiled a rundown of the 20 most anticipated new shows of 2023. Whip Media’s data is based on viewer anticipation data from its TV Time app, a television tracking app and movies with over 24 million registered users worldwide.
Another important note about “The Last of Us”: Not only is it the most anticipated show of 2023, but it’s also the second most anticipated show since HBO Max launched in 2020, behind only “The House of the Dragon”.
Disney+, meanwhile, is home to the second and third most anticipated shows of the year, with “Ahsoka” snagging silver and “Star Wars: The Acolyte” clinching bronze.
“Ahsoka,” another entry in Disney’s long line of “Star Wars” television series, Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Ahsoka Tano from “The Mandalorian.” Dawson will also be joined by “Star Wars” veteran Hayden Christensen. “Ahsoka” will be released on Disney+ on March 12, while “Star Wars: The Acolyte” is set to release in August 2023.
(Note: Whip Media’s ranking only features shows with announced premiere dates. This means shows like “Secret Invasion,” Disney’s upcoming Marvel series, aren’t included in its ranking because no date has been announced. premiere has been fixed.)
The ranking shifts from streaming to linear for the fourth and fifth ranked shows: “Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches,” which is the fourth most anticipated show of 2023 and premieres on AMC on January 8, and “Gotham Knights.” the new “Batman” series coming to The CW in March.
Netflix makes its first appearance in the sixth slot with “Kaleidoscope,” its latest heist series starring Giancarlo Espisito and Paz Vega. “Kaleidoscope” debuted on January 1. Netflix will also host the No. 7 show, “That ’90s Show,” a spinoff of the classic Fox series “That ’70s Shows.” The new ’90s show will follow Leia Foreman, daughter of Eric and Donna from the original series, and feature a handful of appearances from former stars like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
In total, Netflix leads all services and channels with four of the 20 most anticipated shows of the year.
Paramount+ has its first and only show in the top 20 ranked at number eight, thanks to “Wolf Pack.” The supernatural thriller series will focus on four California teenagers who are werewolves. Sarah Michelle Gellar is one of the stars of the show, which will be released on Paramount+ in late January.
Rounding out the top 10 are two network shows – “Alert: Missing Persons Unit” on FOX and “True Lies” on CBS. The latter is based on the hit 1994 action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and will feature a similar premise: a bored suburban housewife discovers her husband is a high-profile spy, which leads to a personal life ( and professional) spicier for both.
Sean Burch is a marketing analyst at Whip Media, a WrapPRO partner. Click here to learn more about Whip Media.