Sometimes, the Galaxy just isn’t fair. The latest Star Wars show to hit Disney+, Andor, is easily one of the best Star Wars series that Lucasfilm has made for the streaming platform, receiving gushing reviews from critics and an enthusiastic response from fans. Despite this, it’s being watched much less than other Star Wars shows before it like The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The dip can probably be chalked in part up to its more adult nature; Andor is telling a complicated story that doesn’t rely on legacy characters and Star Wars nostalgia. As such, it’s possible that the series is missing out on the younger audience that other Star Wars shows have captured. After all, it’s easy for parents to buy their kids Baby Yoda pajamas, but harder for them to explain space brothels and the prison-industrial complex.
Star Wars: Andor is coming to regular ol’ TV this Thanksgiving holiday
However, Disney has a pretty intriguing idea for how to get Andor out to a wider audience: over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Rogue One prequel series will become the first Disney+ show to air on linear television. Disney is airing the first two episodes of Star Wars: Andor on ABC, FX, Freeform, and Hulu (all of which are owned by Mickey Mouse). This is around the time that Andor’s finale will be hitting Disney+, meaning all those new viewers can start Disney+ subscriptions and binge the whole thing should they want.
Per Deadline, Andor’s first two episodes, “Kassa” and “That Would Be Me,” will are on ABC on Wednesday, November 23; on FX on Thursday, November 24; and on Freeform on Friday, November 25. They’ll all air at 9:00 p.m. EST. The episodes will be available on Hulu from November 23 through December 7.
As for Disney+, the final two episodes of Andor season 1 will drop on November 16 and November 23.