What happens when a witcher, a mutated beast hunter, wants to leave his mark? It becomes Netflix’s most-demanded TV show worldwide, according to Parrot Analytics.
“Witcher,” which debuted Dec. 20, is so popular with viewers it beat Disney+’s “Mandalorian” as the top global series last week. And it’s just behind “Stranger Things” as the streamer’s most popular U.S. show.
Parrot Analytics’ ranking is determined by “demand expressions,” a metric that measures engagement and viewership of a series. “Witcher” grabbed 127 million vs. 115 million for “The Mandalorian.”
The fantasy-adventure series is based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and stars Henry Cavill (“The Tudors,” “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”).
“‘The Witcher’s’ immediate worldwide success highlights the impact a binge-released series can have on driving audience demand,” a Parrot Analytics rep told Business Insider. “Its success is also crucial for Netflix heading into the 2020s as the streamer fights off new SVOD players and declining global digital original demand share.”
A second season of “Witcher” has already been scheduled.