Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'The Witcher' Breaks Netflix Series Viewership Records - With One Big Catch

'The Witcher' Breaks Netflix Series Viewership Records - With One Big Catch

The reviews may have been mixed, but The Witcher certainly made an impact for Netflix, which has just reported that the fantasy series has become its most successful first-season show ever.

Rumors of an animated film based on The Witcher surfaced recently and today Netflix confirmed the news.

The Witcher is now available on Netflix. Netflix has given their definition of how they count a viewer, and originally "watched" meant that the viewer sat through 70% of a single episode of a series.

Rumours had been swirling about an animated film adaptation for a while, but a recent report from Redanian Intelligence discovered the involvement of The Witcher season one writer Beau DeMayo earlier this week. For those who can resist the urge, though, here's a treat: Netflix is releasing the song to Spotify today, with the full The Witcher OST releasing later this week.

Netflix is making the change to its ratings methodology so that "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".

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The company also gave a shoutout to the second season of "You", which is on pace for 54 million views in its first month, and added Season 3 of "The Crown" was watched by more than 21 million households in its first month.

No word on a release date for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, but it could fill the gap between seasons of the series, which is based on the namesake fantasy novels but best known through the bestselling role-playing video game franchise.

Netflix's The Witcher is a very good thing for a variety of reasons.

The series, which is fronted by British star Henry Cavill, landed on the streaming platform on December 20 a year ago. Now, it means that the viewer sat down and streamed at least 2 minutes of the show.

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