Peacock Renew/Cancel: The Lost Symbol Nearly Overtakes Rutherford Falls As Highest Demanded Live Action Original

Below is a table of audience demand multipliers as reported by Parrot Analytics for Peacock’s original series. A 1.0 multiplier is the average for all shows past and present, and is updated on a rolling 30-day basis. The numbers seen in this table are as reported on October 11, 2021. Let us know what you think by leaving a reaction and comment!

The Lost Symbol
As mentioned in the headline and displayed in the table, The Lost Symbol is very close to being the most demanded scripted Peacock original in the United States. Rutherford Falls’ 6.7 is arguably more impressive given how long it’s been off the air for, but a 6.6 multiplier for a Peacock scripted original is impressive no matter the circumstances. After all, Peacock is yet to have a show to truly break out the way other streaming services have. The only thing that may work against The Lost Symbol is the fact that it’s not fully produced by Universal. It should also be kept in the back of the mind that this is the streaming service that canceled Brave New World for doing even better numbers. 

One of Us Is Lying
A 1.3 multiplier is hardly anything to write home about, but One of Us Is Lying just premiered less than a week ago and the audience demand multipliers reflect demand for the most recent 30 day period on a rolling basis. As such, it’s too premature to assume it’ll be canceled. I am giving it the benefit of the doubt for now under the assumption that it will likely rise a few points in the coming weeks. If the show had just finished airing its first season, the prediction would be much different. 

Where’s Waldo? and Cleopatra in Space
It’s been a long time since Peacock has provided any update on these two kids cartoons, which is never a good sign. This is a stark contrast to Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here!, which is airing multiple seasons in just its first year as a Peacock original. My hunch is that if Peacock really wanted to renew them, it would’ve happened by now. I still give Where’s Waldo the greater chance of the two to return given the recognizable brand name. 

Punky Brewster
Canceled after just one season, Punky Brewster’s continuation appears to have been a disappointment for Peacock. A renewal was predicted, but a cancelation not all that surprising compared to if, say, Saved By The Bell was canceled. While it’s unclear what exactly the expectation was for the show, it got a pretty sizable advertising push and Universal probably figured there was no potential for growth in a hypothetical second season. 

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