Streaming Power Rankings March 2022: HBO Max returns

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At the end of each month, Primetimer’s Joe Reid studies the rippling fortunes of the eight major streaming platforms for our streaming power rankings.

Apple TV+ managed to top last month’s streaming power charts, thanks to a strong launch for Breakup and a slew of high-profile announcements, but March was a bit more competitive, with a pair of highly anticipated premieres from Netflix (Bridgerton season 2!) and Paramount (Halo!) proving surprisingly vulnerable to HBO Max’s pirate comedies and pornography and a Damon Linfelof Peacock ad.

A reminder: our rankings are calculated on the basis of the following criteria: new shows (i.e. shows that have aired in preview or new seasons in preview), projects that have been announced and bonus points (and/or demerits) which take into account elements such as broadcasting, cancellations, rewards or important good/bad buzz.

Let’s move on to this month’s ranking:


Previous ranking: 7

Firsts: While there weren’t any huge headline-grabbing premieres this month, HBO Max did score with a handful of mid-tier projects that turned out to be quite good. Our flag means deaththe pirate comedy starring Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi, was a massive crowd pleaser and period porn comedy Naughty (read our review) is about to become the same. The second season of Starstruck has the potential to level itself off as a well-reviewed series although still a bit under the radar. And although it won’t air until the very end of the month, the Julia Child series Julia (read our review) also has great potential. Rating: A

Announced projects: Tim Robinson (I think you should leave) brings his next comedy, Informatic school, at HBO Max. And even though it’s still a few years away, we got the announcement of an animated movie Charlotte’s web series. Grade: B+

Bonus points/demerits: The announcement of a second season for And just like that showed how excited fans were for the oft-maligned sex and the city continuation. Meanwhile, Raised by wolves ended its second season with serious “best show you’re not watching” sentiment from critics. Rating: A-

2. Peacock

Previous ranking: 4

Firsts: Peacock created Joe versus Carol at the top of the month, which got him a lot of attention…much of it not so positive. Better received was Under the bridge belowthe spin-off of the Bravo reality series. Category B

Announced projects: A new series from Damon Lindelof (Lost, Leftovers, watchmen) called Mrs Davis is a huge win for the platform, and that’s before we even get into the fact that it’s an epic tech-religious drama starring Betty Gilpin as a nun. There is also The complexa comedy thriller from the author of Palm Springs with William Jackson Harper and Cristin Milioti; Renee Zellweger in WWII aviation drama Avenger Field; and 15 Candlesa quinceañera themed update on sixteen candles from producers Selena Gomez, Tanya Saracho and Gabriela Revilla Lugo. Rating: A

Bonus points/demerits: A first date of season 2 for Girls5Eva — May 5th! – is great news for everyone. Rating: A-


Previous ranking: 2

Firsts: In a month when the glut of shows about tech and business scammers was a big story, Hulu’s The stall (read our review) has been fairly consistently touted as The Good One, which is both good for Hulu and bad for everyone else. Other premieres weren’t as brilliant, but the Amy Schumer series Life and Beth and the star of Elle Fanning Plainville’s daughter (read our review) gave weight to Hulu’s monthly deals. Rating: A-

Announced projects: Mae Whitman is going to star in Right herea romantic musical comedy based in New York, with songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and directed by hamiltonis Thomas Kail. They also ordered a pilot for Bammasa comedy directed by Ramy Youffel (Rummy), and are planning a Putin/Zelensky documentary by George Stephanopoulos. Category B

Bonus points/demerits: A quick return date in June for Only murders in the building is an exciting announcement…provided the second season doesn’t feel rushed. Grade: B+


Previous ranking: 5

Firsts: The big dog this month was obviously Bridgerton‘s second season, and while reviews were almost inevitably a bit more lukewarm this time around, it still managed to pull in some impressive numbers in its debut weekend. There was also the disappointment of the star of Toni Collette Pieces of her, which landed with a thud. To buttress those docuseries that have managed to catch on, like The worst roommate ever and bad veganthe silly but fun game show Is it cake?and success Big mouth spin off Human ressources. Grade: B+

Announced projects: Another Shondaland series is on the way with The Housea muder-mystery taking place at the White House. Transatlantic is an upcoming WWII limited series from the creator of Unorthodox. Treason is an upcoming spy series that will star Ciaran Hinds (Belfast) and Charlie Cox (daredevil). And Richard Armitage and Indira Varma will star in a serial adaptation of the 1992 erotic drama Pity. Rating: A-

Bonus points/demerits: Cancelation The Babysitters Club after two seasons it was bad enough, but the bad press after the show creator basically said “we got good ratings, but that wasn’t enough” was worse. Rating: C-


Previous ranking: 1

Firsts: If Hulu is The stall was The Good One among scammer shows, Apple We crashed (read our review), with Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway was one of the worst. There were better reviews for Pachinkothe saga of korean immigrants with Youn Yuh-jung and Samuel L. Jackson The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray. The animated series are also back with new episodes central park and news series The problem with Jon Stewart. Category B-

Announced projects: Not too much, but giving Sam Esmail (Mister Robot, Back home) the reins of a serial version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis certainly caught our attention. Category B

Bonus points/demerits: Apple will enter the realm of live sports this summer with Major League Baseball games on Friday nights. Also, it’s not TV, but Apple takes home the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars for CODA is a rising tide that should lift all boats. Grade: B+

6. Amazon Prime

Previous ranking: 3

Firsts: The Boys Presents: Devilish wasn’t exactly on the same level of hype or acclaim as its parent show. Lizzo received a good review for her series Lizzo watch out for big grrrls. Amy Poehler’s documentary on Lucy and Desi probably would have generated more interest if Be the Ricardos had been a stronger presence at the Oscars. Grade: C+

Announced projects: The great news is that there is a Flea bag follow-up series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the way, but probably not until next year. Otherwise, it’s a James Bond reality competition and a Dr. Seuss-themed cooking show. Grade: B+

Bonus points/demerits: The great Al Michaels along with Kirk Herbstreit have been named this year as the team of announcers for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts. Category B


Previous ranking: 6

Firsts: It was created too late in the month to have a clear idea of ​​where it will land, but moon knight did not initially encounter the kind of raves that previous series like Wanda Vision, Lokiand Hawk Eye were. Category B-

Announced projects: The full Montythe 1997 British comedy that became an indie sensation and Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, is getting a series adaptation starring the original cast, including Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Mark Addy. Category B

Bonus points/demerits: D+ added what’s called the Defenders Saga this month. This would be every Marvel TV series originally made for Netflix: daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, iron fist, The Punisherand The defenders. Category B


Previous ranking: 8

Firsts: A month of robust programming by Paramount standards, with the second season of Star Trek: Picard and the first of Halo. This latest series has enjoyed huge hype and a prominent place in Paramount marketing, but it will be some time before we know if Halo is the kind of success Paramount needs. Category B

Announced projects: This is not good news here, because Tom Cruise has reportedly put the kibosh on proposals for series adaptations of Impossible mission and thunder days. Rating: C

Bonus points/demerits: The Vampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley has been cast as the new Captain Kirk on Star Trek: Strange New Worldsan announcement that sparked a near-universal “let’s wait and see that one”. Category B-

Joe Reid is Primetimer’s editor and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The AV Club and more.