The Witcher is set to become Netflix's biggest debut season ever

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There is, however, a caveat to go with that number. In a letter Netflix sent to shareholders, it uses the term “chose to watch” when revealing viewing figures; this is because it has changed its old metric that used to count an episode or movie as watched if a customer got through 70 percent of it. The new system registers a view after just two minutes of content has been watched.

Even if a few million people turned off The Witcher after two minutes, it’s still an amazing feat. For comparison, and using the same metric, Netflix said season three of The Crown was watched by 21 million in its first four weeks, while 83 million people chose the Michael Bay-directed 6 Underground movie.

Netflix also used a worldwide Google Trends chart to illustrate how much interest there was in The Witcher show compared to Disney+’s The Mandalorian. It’s slightly misleading, though, as Netflix is available in 190 countries while Disney+ has only been available in five since it launched in November.

Elsewhere in the report, Netflix reveals it generated around $20 billion in revenue last year. It now has over 100 million members outside of the US, where it has almost 70 million customers.

Following the show’s launch, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt saw a spike in player numbers on Steam. Eventually, the game had more players than it did at launch back in 2015. Additionally, renewed interest in the novels forced the publisher to print 500,000 more books to meet demand.

Here’s some good news if you love The Witcher: showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has said there are plans for seven seasons.

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Puiu

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I watched the first season and it was better than I expected. Nothing amazing, but just a good fantasy TV series with good production.
 
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dangh

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I hope they will give better budget for next seasons. This huge war was like 10 people max on screen and a lot of smoke hiding the fact there is not enough people. It was nearly like a theater. And dragon animation was kinda off.
 

R00sT3R

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Everything apart from Cavill was 3rd rate...and seeing as Cavill can't normally act his way out of a paper bag, that isn't saying much.

If Netflix are going to do this kind of thing they need to give them a decent budget.
 

Lionvibez

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Everything apart from Cavill was 3rd rate...and seeing as Cavill can't normally act his way out of a paper bag, that isn't saying much.

If Netflix are going to do this kind of thing they need to give them a decent budget.
With the success of the first season I think its safe to assume the budget will go up.
 
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Lionvibez

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Is more episodes per season one of them?
Consider the first season for both the Witcher and the Mandalorian Pilot seasons to test the waters. You don't start a show with a full 20+ episode if you are not sure how well it will go unless you have money to waste.

I expect episodes counts to go up moving forward we will have to wait and see.