‘Emerald City’ Debut Sparkles, ‘Beyond’ Binge Soars to No. 1

From the season premiere of NBC’s “Emerald City” an episode titled “The Beast Forever” (l-r) Vincent D’onofrio as The Wizard and Vernon Dobtcheff as High Born Man. (Photo by: Rico Torres/NBC)

There are two ways to look at this week’s XFINITY On Demand Top 20. There is the prism of what’s new. There, the two-hour premiere of NBC’s new fantasy drama, Emerald City, which Indiewire’s TV critic found full of “delightful weirdness,” sparkled as the #1 most-watched new TV episode on XFINITY On Demand the week of Jan. 2 – 8.

Then there are the series that are like books on your nightable. Viewers tune in to them week after week, whether to keep up, catch-up, or binge. Indeed, Freeform took a page out of the binge-viewing playbook by making the entire  first season, all 10 episodes, of their new series Beyond available, and their reward is the top spot among all TV series viewed on XFINITY On Demand the first week of 2017. Savvy move.

Other TV watching tips and news on XFINITY On Demand:

Don’t Miss: Star, super producer Lee Daniels’ (Empire) newest series about three young women chasing their dream in the music industry. Watch the first four episodes here.

Catch Up: Black Sails returns for its 4th and final season on Jan. 29, and all previous seasons are available for a swashbuckling catch-up before the new season sets sail. Climb aboard here.

Don’t Miss: Six, the new action-adventure series on History tells the story of Navy Seal Team 6. Inspired by actual events, the series debuts this Wednesday, January 18. Set a recording here.

This Week’s Premieres: Timeless (NBC – Monday), Teachers (TV Land – Tuesday), Bering Sea Gold (Discovery – Wednesday), Baskets (FX – Thursday), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO – Friday), Beaches (Lifetime – Saturday).

 

Top 20 New TV Episodes: Jan. 2 – Jan. 8

Rank

Movement

Series

Network

1

 –

Emerald City (series premiere)

NBC

2

-1

The Mick (ep 2)

FOX

3

+14

The Bachelor (ep 2)

ABC

4

Star (ep 2)

FOX

5

The Big Bang Theory (ep 12)

CBS

6

-4

Love & Hip Hop: New York (ep 8)

VH1

7

Teen Mom 2 (ep 13)

MTV

8

 –

Chicago Fire (ep 9)

NBC

9

Chicago P.D. (ep 9)

NBC

10

Bull (ep 10)

CBS

11

-2

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (ep 5)

Bravo

12

 -7

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (ep 6)

A&E

13

-7

Shooter (ep 8)

USA

14

 –

NCIS (ep 11)

CBS

15

-12

Vikings (ep 16)

History

16

Lethal Weapon (ep 10)

FOX

17

Family Guy (ep 10)

FOX

18

Blue Bloods (ep 11)

CBS

19

 –

The Blacklist (ep 9)

NBC

20

Modern Family (ep 10)

ABC

*Pre-Linear episode

Top 20 TV Series: Jan. 2 – Jan. 8

Rank

Series

Network

1

Beyond

Freeform

2

Game of Thrones

HBO

3

This Is Us NBC

4

The Mick

FOX

5

Vikings

History, Streampix

6

Shameless

Showtime

7

Homeland

Showtime

8

The Bachelor

ABC

9

Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath A&E

10

The Simpsons

FXX, FOX

11

Good Behavior

TNT

12

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

13

The Big Bang Theory

CBS

14

The Affair

Showtime

15

Shooter

USA

16

Love & Hip Hop: New York VH1

17

Bull

CBS

18

Chrisley Knows Best

USA

19

Designated Survivor

ABC

20

Chicago P.D.

NBC

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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.

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