Critics Choice Awards and Marvel Shows Lead Twitter Chatter

Plus 'Moon Knight' builds excitement, 'Outlander' holds strong and 'The Bachelor' cracks the list

The overnight buzz surrounding last week’s Critics Choice Awards was enough to catapult the March 13 show to the top of Variety’s Trending TV chart for the week of March 14-20, as viewers continued digging into all of the night’s highlights, controversies and big wins.

The live broadcast on The CW and TBS drummed up another 567,000 engagements with viewers this week, bringing the show’s total to more than 2 million engagements and marking a two-week run at No. 1.

Upcoming Disney Plus series “Ms. Marvel” was close behind this week with 526,000 engagements, landing in No. 2 ahead of its June 8 premiere. A large chunk of that engagement surrounded the March 15 trailer drop, which officially introduced Marvel’s first Muslim superhero to the world.

The six-episode series stars newcomer Iman Vellani as the title superhero, whose alter ego, Kamala Khan, was first introduced by Marvel Comics in 2013 as a teen who idolized Captain Marvel. Bisha K. Ali (Hulu’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” miniseries) serves as executive producer and head writer.

Marvel had quite the buzzy week on social media. In addition to “Ms. Marvel,” the upcoming “Moon Knight” series starring Oscar Isaac generated a ton of Twitter chatter, coming in third place on this week’s chart with 168,000 engagements. Those were partially due to a new TV spot ahead of the March 30 debut, in which new footage alludes to a relationship between Isaac’s Marc Spector/Steven Grant and May Calamawy’s mysterious character, Layla.

Comments by director and executive producer Mohamed Diab also generated buzz as Diab criticized the lack of Egyptian representation and themes in DC’s upcoming “Black Adam” movie.

“I wanted to showcase Egyptian talents as much as I could,” Diab told Filfan, contrasting “Moon Knight” with the Dwayne Johnson-led pic. “Every culture should be represented by its people so I hired actors, an editor, a costume designer, an art director and a composer who are all Egyptian.”

Dropping from third to fourth on this week’s chart was a new installment of “Outander” on Starz, which touched on a major storyline involving Fergus (César Domboy) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) from Diana Gabaldon’s novel “A Breath of Snow and Ashes.” The scene resonated with fans, who quickly shared screenshots and quotes from the emotional moment. In total, the series scored 96,000 engagements this week.

Rounding out this week’s Top 5 was “One Piece” on Crunchyroll, Netflix and Hulu with 80,000 engagements. “The Kardashians” on Hulu was behind at No. 6, building on last week’s buzz from the new series’ first official promo. A trailer, which dropped on March 14, propelled engagement with footage of Kim Kardashian talking about her relationship with Pete Davidson, and Kourtney Kardashian revealing she and fiancé Travis Barker are attempting to have a baby. “The Kardashians” debuts on April 14.

The upcoming March 25 debut of Apple TV Plus’ “Pachinko” also got fans talking online, thanks to new interviews with the creators and stars, landing the series in this week’s eighth slot with nearly 58,000 engagements. Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” which also launches its second season on March 25, was right behind at No. 8 with 52,000 engagements.

“Peacemaker,” meanwhile, which wrapped its first season in mid-February, returned to this week’s chart thanks to an album announcement and viral videos by fans that included recreations of the iconic opening dance number. During its initial run, the series was a constant Trending TV chart presence, while its strong ratings led to an early second-season renewal on HBO Max.

Rounding out this week’s Top 10 was new entry “The Bachelor.” The 26th season of the show wrapped this week with 28-year-old lead Clayton Echard revealing he and Susie Evans, who left the show the week before the finale, are exploring their own happily ever after.

The controversial finale on ABC left Bachelor Nation reeling, as Evans defended his choices in front of all the scorched women he left behind.