×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Prison Break’ Revival Is Most-Watched New Show Trailer After Upfronts

Fox’s “Prison Break” revival is the freshman show leading the pack when it comes to early audience interest, after the broadcast networks revealed their 2016-17 season schedules at the Upfronts this week.

ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW presented their new slate of original programming to advertisers beginning with NBC on Sunday, and fans quickly took to YouTube to check out the new trailers.

As of Friday morning, the “Prison Break” trailer had amassed over 6.6 million views since its debut on Monday, putting it ahead of the other 35 trailers the networks released collectively. The new chapter of the Fox original series brings back stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell for another attempt to “engineer the series’ biggest prison break ever.”

NBC’s “This Is Us,” from writer and executive producer Dan Fogelman, follows close behind with 5.2 million watches on YouTube.

Unsurprisingly, CBS’ “Star Trek” revival is the network’s standout, with more than 2.1 million views since Wednesday.

ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland thriller, “Designated Survivor,” garnered 1.1 million views since Tuesday.

The CW got a late start, releasing its trailers on Thursday morning, but the network’s new acquisition of “Supergirl,” which will air its second season on The CW after debuting its freshman year on the network’s corporate sibling CBS, is outpacing the rest, with 110k views in under 24 hours.

Some of the nets’ new offerings aren’t faring as well in terms of early buzz.

CBS’ “Pure Genius” received the least views of all trailers from the networks with 34k on YouTube, and ABC’s “Imaginary Mary” was missing a few eyeballs compared to the network’s most-watched trailer, bringing in 84k views.


Each of NBC’s three new shows attracted over a million viewers, but the network’s comedy “The Good Place” ranked the lowest with a little over 1.2 million watches.

Fox drama “Shots Fired” came in as the network’s lowest viewed series trailer with 120k views, while CW rom-com “No Tomorrow” garnered 55k in its first day of release.


There’s still plenty of time for these new freshman faces to make an impression before fall, however — and it remains to be seen how well the early buzz translates into ratings success.

Which new network trailer is your favorite, and which show are you least interested in watching? Weigh in below.

More TV

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

  • Jussie Smollett The Black AIDS Insitute

    Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges

    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects. “Due to new evidence as a [...]

  • GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Cameron Monaghan

    TV News Roundup: Fox Drops 'Gotham' Final Season Trailer (Watch)

    In today’s TV news roundup, Fox released a new trailer for an upcoming episode of “Gotham” and Disney has announced the cast for its upcoming “High School Musical” series.  FIRST LOOKS Showtime released a new trailer and the official poster for the upcoming fourth season of “Billions,” premiering March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In [...]

  • Chris Rock

    Chris Rock to Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot at NBC

    Chris Rock has come onboard to direct the NBC single-cam comedy pilot “Saving Kenan,” Variety has learned. Rock will also executive produce the pilot, which stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson. Thompson will play a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives [...]

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    Apollo Global Management Buys Majority Stake in Cox TV Stations

    Private equity giant Apollo Global Management has cut a deal with Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises to buy a majority stake in Cox’s 13 TV stations as well as three newspapers and a handful of radio stations in Ohio. Apollo has been in the hunt for broadcast TV stations for some time. Cox’s station group, which includes [...]

  • Ken Jeong TV Take Podcast

    Listen: Ken Jeong on His Return to Stand-Up and New Netflix Special

    Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Ken Jeong about his Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho,” and being a judge on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.“ Jeong started working on his new standup act after ABC canceled his show “Dr. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content