‘Virgin River’ Tops a Strike-Lightened Schedule | Charts

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The returning Netflix drama had fewer new shows to contend with

Martin Henderson and Alexandra Breckenridge in "Virgin River." (Netflix)

Streaming has upended the traditional TV show release cycle, but there’s still something that just feels right about a show starting its season in the fall. With the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes pushing many season premieres back to 2024, this fall feels a bit different. 

The strikes’ effects are already evident in the Samba TV Weekly Wrap Report for the week of Sept. 4-10, where reruns are among the most-watched programs on the linear side. On the streaming side, a lighter premiere schedule can benefit a returning show in a major way, as evidenced by Netflix’s “Virgin River” coming in first place.