The Witcher becomes most popular Season 1 in Netflix history - 76 million viewers

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 9:54 AM
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It was obvious from the record-breaking Steam player counts that Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher was off to a decent start, although even that didn’t prepare us for how much of a knockout success it’s become. 

Netflix has revealed its Q4 earnings report, within which they claim at least 76 million unique households have watch Season One of The Witcher. The methodology is a little bit shonky, mind. Netflix classifies a viewing as anyone who chose to watch The Witcher for at least two minutes. Apparently that’s long enough to determine that the choice to watch the show was intentional.

What it does mean is The Witcher is on course to be the biggest season one TV series in Netflix history. Well, in fact it probably is, at this point. The only thing that can likely come close is Season 1 of Stranger Things. As a point of comparison, The Crown is one of Netflix’s most popular shows and that’s just hit 73 million households over three entire seasons.

It all caused a bit of Witcher frenzy. The Witcher III enjoyed an all-time high of 103,329 players concurrently in December, almost double the 55,000 achieved at launch in 2015. Likewise, The Witcher books from Andrzej Sapkowski started flying off the shelves, selling out around the globe. Last week a new print run of half a million copies was ordered. Surely that means The Witcher 4 is on the cards by now?

What we witnessed here was sheer fan power in action. The reaction from critics to The Witcher was decidedly mixed, eventually settling on a score of 66% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to an audience score of 92%.

So for those of you who’ve watched it, do you think the success was justified? Could The Witcher become the next Game of Thrones-type cultural phenomenon? Let us know what you think!

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15:50 Jan-26-2020

Is this before or after they've changed metrics?
Whatever the case I didn't enjoy the show. If you've read the books there's just so much cut content, a lot of which completely ruins the stories in my opinion. After The Expanse I kinda hoped more series would keep to the books better, but this is not one of those.

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10:42 Jan-26-2020

IMO it was meh, not bad but not great either , looked at some points so cheap produced.

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06:43 Jan-26-2020

I watched only because I've enjoyed the games since release & to see how the original story went (well another interpretation) was alright. But glad to hear CDPR are thinking about the Witcher universe again after Cyberpunk 2077...

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22:26 Jan-25-2020

I have so many to watch on Netflix But this one i will see soon. It looks awesome!

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16:14 Jan-25-2020

"The series was amazing! Shows how wrong the rotten tomatoe's crtitics are."

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16:39 Jan-25-2020

Yep, no idea what series the critics watched.

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13:07 Jan-25-2020

Critics are ****. Actual viewers (doesn't need to be fans) either like it or love it.

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13:10 Jan-25-2020

Huh I typed 'sh$t' guess it got censored?

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13:31 Jan-25-2020

Yeah that is really ing annoying.. well

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13:02 Jan-25-2020

"f*ck"

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12:45 Jan-25-2020

They also announced a witcher anime movie.
I think we'll start seeing witcher stuff a lot more than before, especially after S2 of the netflix series.

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12:12 Jan-25-2020

Hmm

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11:26 Jan-25-2020

And what does this Article have with GD in common? Witcher game series is great, but that doesn't mean that every Witcher universe related content must be here.

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11:55 Jan-25-2020

It probably brings a few clicks.

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16:17 Jan-25-2020

It matter , it is not something new to talk about movies,shows here

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11:42 Feb-10-2020

The Witcher 3 is still one of the most popular games on the site. People who like The Witcher will probably be interested in the show. Not really sure how it isn't of interest

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