News 22 January 2020

Season 1 Of ‘The Witcher’ Breaks Netflix’s Viewing Records

22 January 2020

A new Netflix record has been broken by the hit TV series, The Witcher.

Netflix has revealed that 76 million people watched the first season within the first four weeks, becoming the TV series with the biggest opening on the streaming service.

The Witcher,
which is based on a “mutated monster-hunter” and his struggles in a “turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts”, has already been renewed for a second season.

The news comes after Netflix recently changed the way it calculated its viewing statistics, as it now based on accounts that watch at least two minutes of an episode or film. Prior to the change, Netflix’s viewing statistics were based on accounts which watched 70% of an episode or film.

“Our new methodology is similar to the BBC iPlayer in their rankings based on ‘requests’ for the title, ‘most popular’ articles on The New York Times, which include those who opened the articles, and YouTube view counts,” Netflix said of the change when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This way, short and long titles are treated equally, levelling the playing field for all types of our content including interactive content, which has no fixed length.”

Popular series, You, also had a big opening as over 54 million accounts viewed the second season within its first four weeks on Netflix.