The ongoing success of Netflix’s The Witcher knows no bounds, it seems. Since Netflix premiered the fantasy drama back in December of 2019, it has gone on to be the most in-demand show in the world. And now, over two months later, it still boasts the accolade.
The new data comes from Parrot Analytics, who assess global demand through “demand expressions,” which takes into account viewership, engagement and desire. Basically, the more people are talking about wanting to watch a show, the more demand expressions. The Witcher was the most in-demand streaming series worldwide from January 14 to February 12, dethroning Disney’s The Mandalorian, which runs on Disney+. Netflix’s fantasy drama has held the number one spot since it overtook the Star Wars spinoff show seven weeks ago.
It’s worth noting, however, that The Witcher’s demand in the US has dipped slightly over the last week. It now sits in a comfortable third place spot behind Stranger Things in second and The Mandalorian in first. With two shows in the top three, it’s definitely a good time to be Netflix. But with Disney+ being a relatively new streaming service with a plethora of new shows in development — including several in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Netflix might just have its work cut out for it.
And The Witcher’s success has gone beyond television. Since the release of Netflix’s show, there has been so much demand for Andrzej Sapkowski’s original books that the publisher of the series, Orbit Books, had to order an additional reprint surpassing half a million books in the US.
And then there’s the video game series, which was already incredibly popular for years before the TV show, and created a cache of ready-made fans. Steam statistics have shown that at one point in January, there were over 100,000 players active on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which broke the record on this five-year-old game!
Of course, both The Witcher and The Mandalorian have been renewed for second seasons. And what’s more, it’s now been confirmed that former Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju will join The Witcher as Nivellen, while The Mandalorian picks up pro wrestler Sasha Banks. I’m excited to see how the new seasons will affect the worldwide demand of both of these shows, whether they’ll stay at the top and fight for the number one spot, or they’ll be conquered some all-new series.
h/t Business Insider