‘The Mick’ Premieres at No. 1, But ‘Beyond’ Binge Dominates

On the new Freeform series, "Beyond," a young man wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. (Freeform/Katie Yu)
On the new Freeform series, "Beyond," a young man wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. (Freeform/Katie Yu)

The week between Christmas and New Years Day was a good one for TV viewers. The most productive were in catch-up mode, binging Game of Thrones, This Is Us, Vikings, The Simpsons, Shooter and other favorites. In a surprise, The Sopranos surfaced in the top 20 nearly 18 years after its debut. Then again, the HBO series is a classic, and the benefits of an On Demand world is that the good stuff is always there.

Indeed, Freeform created a binge-opportunity for its digital savvy audience by making all 10 episodes of its new series Beyond available at once – and scored 3 out of the top 20 slots on XFINITY On Demand’s top 20 new series. Not coincidentally, Beyond was just renewed for a second season.

Other highlights: FOX premiered The Mick, starring Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). The new comedy was #1 among the week’s new episodes. And Showtime released the 6th season of Homeland nearly three weeks before it’s January 15 premiere. Fans were not disappointed.

Top 20 New TV Episodes: Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

Rank

Movement

Series

Network

1

 –

The Mick (series premiere)

FOX

2

-1

Love & Hip Hop: New York (ep. 7)

VH1

3

+3

Vikings (ep. 15)

History

4

Sherlock on Masterpiece (premiere)

PBS

5

-3

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (ep. 5)

A&E

6

-3

Shooter (ep. 7)

USA

7

The Affair (ep. 6)

Showtime

8

 -4

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (ep. 4)

Bravo

9

-2

Vanderpump Rules (ep. 8)

Bravo

10

Homeland (premiere)*

Showtime

11

Beyond (series premiere)*

Freeform

12

 –

Pure Genius (ep. 9)

CBS

13

Beyond (ep 2)*

Freeform

14

 -5

Dance Moms (ep 5)

Lifetime

15

Beyond (ep 3)*

Freeform

16

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (ep. 8)

Bravo

17

The Bachelor (premiere)

ABC

18

-1

America’s Next Top Model (ep. 3)

VH1

19

 –

Beyond (ep. 4)*

Freeform

20

+1

Good Behavior (ep. 8)

TNT

*Pre-Linear episode

Top 20 TV Series: Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

Rank

Series

Network

1

Game of Thrones

HBO

2

This Is Us

NBC

3

Vikings

History, Streampix

4

Shameless

Showtime

5

Homeland

Showtime

6

Westworld

HBO

7

Good Behavior

TNT

8

The Simpsons

FOX

9

Designated Survivor

ABC

10

Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath

A&E

11

Love & Hip Hop

VH1

12

Shooter

USA

13

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

14

Bad Girls Club

Oxygen

15

Alone

History

16

Family Guy FOX, Adult Swim

17

Chrisley Knows Best

USA

18

American Housewife

ABC

19

The Affair

Showtime

20

The Sopranos

HBO

With more than 3 billion hours viewed each year, Xfinity On Demand is one of the most viewed platforms for time-shifting on TV. It includes 85,000 choices, including a growing collection of current season TV shows and hit movies, many now available to own and access anytime.

Ranking for the top 20 TV episodes is based on the total Xfinity On Demand views on the TV within seven days of an in-season show's original airing. Shows marked with an (*) indicate it premiered on Xfinity On Demand in advance of the live airing. Views of most broadcast and cable programming within the first three days are included in Nielsen L+3 ratings.

Ranking for the top 20 TV series is based on cumulative past or current episode views of any TV series on Xfinity On Demand. This includes programming that is no longer airing as well.