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Top 10 new and returning shows everyone’s watching right now on TV and Netflix

Published Aug 6th, 2020 2:02PM EDT

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  • Anyone looking for new shows to watch will find plenty of great new options on this week’s list of the hottest new and returning TV shows on broadcast TV, Netflix, and other streaming services.
  • Netflix’s biggest release of the past week is season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, which most people probably expect to have topped the list.
  • The #1 new or returning show of the week actually isn’t a Netflix original, though it is a show that was just made available to Netflix’s US audience: BBC’s teen thriller Get Even.

Health officials continue to express how important it is to dramatically slow the rate of new coronavirus cases before schools start to reopen. Considering how horrible the US has done at containing or even slowing the spread of COVID-19, this seems like a tall order. You’ll need to spend plenty of time at home inside in the coming weeks if you’re going to do your part, which means you’re going to need plenty of new shows to watch on TV or stream with Netflix. Lucky for subscribers, Netflix has a whopping 60 new original movies and shows set to premiere over the course of the month, and there are dozens of additional titles that are being licensed from other studios. We totally understand if you’d rather not dig for your next binge though, which is why we’re going to share the top 10 hottest new and returning shows of the past week on TV, Netflix, and other popular streaming services.

The developers behind TV Time use anonymized date from their popular iOS and Android app to determine the most popular shows on TV and streamers each week. The TV Time app allows users to record episodes of series that they’ve watched, and it’s used by more than 14 million people so it’s a terrific gauge of popularity.

We definitely expected The Umbrella Academy to top this week’s TV Time list of the top 10 shows on the rise, since season 2 of the popular show was just released this past Friday. As it turns out, however, there was another series that managed to top it: Get Even, the British teen thriller from the BBC. It might not be a Netflix original, but it soared to the top of the chart this week because it was just released for the first time on Netflix in the US. The Umbrella Academy came in at #2.

Image source: TV Time

Fox España’s Locked Up: The Oasis comes in at #3 this week, though it’s also because it was just released on Netflix. Last Chance U is #4 on the TV Time list this week and NBC’s Good Girls is #5. The return of a new season propelled Syfy’s Wynonna Earp to #6, HBO’s Euphoria is #7, and Manifest on NBC comes in at #8. Shameless hops back onto the list this week in the #9 spot and the start of a new season of TNT’s The Alienist comes in at #10.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.