The Witcher on track to be Netflix’s biggest series debut ever

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 11:48 GMT

The first season of The Witcher has been very popular.

As part of Netflix’s Q4 2019 earnings report [PDF], the company shared some viewership numbers for its biggest shows in 2019.

The Witcher, of course, was among the year’s biggest highlights for Netflix. According to the report, 76 million “households” watched the show during its first four weeks of availability, which puts it on track to be Netflix’s biggest season one debut ever for a series.

Netflix considers anyone who “chooses to watch” at least two minutes of a show to be a viewer, which is its way of filtering out accidental clicks and general browsing. It obviously does not mean that all of them stuck with it, but that’s the company’s method of arriving at that figure.

Netflix was also impressed with how The Witcher influenced popular culture when it debuted, boosting sales for the books, and making the Toss a Coin to Your Witcher song an overnight hit. The success of the show also caused The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to set a new concurrent player record on Steam, well above what it managed to achieve at its launch.

Season Two of The Witcher will arrive at some point in 2021, and creator Lauren S. Hissrich is already teasing a few ideas it has for continuing the story.

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