While Shadow and Bone season 2 has performed quite well, debuting at #1 a week ago and holding it, that run is now over. Shadow and Bone has now been dethroned in Netflix’s top 10 by Waco: American Apocalypse.
What is that exactly? As you might guess, it’s actually a limited documentary series about Waco, the infamous cult massacre that may or may not have been caused by the FBI (it probably was). The series consists of just three episodes for a total of just over two hours of content, so it’s more of a full-length movie than a proper TV series. But the show shooting to #1 shows there’s still a lot of interest in Waco thirty years later.
I immediately think of the fictionalized miniseries Waco, starring Taylor Kitsch as David Koresh, which I thought was actually pretty good. That aired on the Paramount Network and I assume it’s on Paramount Plus somewhere now. Apparently it’s getting a follow-up series, Waco: The Aftermath, debuting next month on Showtime? I had no idea. I’m not sure exactly what that will be about.
As for Shadow and Bone, it remains to be seen if a week at #1 is good enough for Netflix
As for the rest of the list, You season 4 part 2 is at #3, which may have underperformed a bit with its split season, if I had to guess. Outer Banks season 3, which was already renewed for season 4 prior to release, a rarity, is #4, high ranking even after weeks. Very strong performance there.
The Glory is at number 5, which has actually been from Netflix global Number 1 hit for a few weeks, even if it doesn’t top the charts in the US. The Korean revenge series aired in two parts with a total of 16 episodes, a high number for a Netflix series. It’s rated extremely well with critics and fans alike, and could very well become one of Netflix’s bigger sleeper hits this year. I think I’ll check it out this weekend, actually.
My guess is that Waco will be taken down soon, given how short it is, and we’ll see what eventually replaces it.
Updated (3/26): Well, I was right. The Waco documentary was taken off the Top 10 list almost immediately. But it wasn’t Shadow and Bone that sadly rocketed back to the top for those hoping for a refresh.
On the contrary, the new #1 show on Netflix is instead The Night Agent, the new spy thriller that runs for a total of 10 episodes and as such can be planted there for a while. Shadow and Bone has even dropped to fourth place, also behind the debut of the new season of Love is Blind, one of Netflix’s more popular reality series.
It remains unclear which one performs better, The Night Agent of Shadow and Bone, two very different series. Shadow and Bone has better critical scores, with The Night Agent only at 67%, but it does have 81% among fans. Again, Netflix doesn’t seem to care much about ratings, and it all comes down to viewers. But even with Shadow and Bone falling down a bit, I still think it probably performed well enough to warrant a third season. A third season And the Six of Crows spinoff? Um, I don’t necessarily know, but we’ll have to see. The Six of Crows show has already invested heavily in it and it’s already written, after all.
Somehow Wednesday is now back in the top 10, a truly absurd performance for a series that debuted in November 2022. I have no idea how or why that happens since the only Wednesday news I’ve seen is Jenna Ortega’s comments about writing the show that she had to “correct” but I’ve honestly never seen a series do this before except a show that gets going when a new season is about to air. That’s not what happens with Wednesday. Wild times.
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