The Witcher is now the most viewed program on Netflix, with 76 million households tuning in during the show’s first month on the service. The first season has now become the highest viewed debut season of any show through them.
At the same time, Netflix also reveals that it has changed what their criteria is for a stream to be counted. Previously, a title would have had to be viewed for 70% of the total run time.
Now, a stream is two minutes or more. That’s quite the difference.
The two minutes, according to Netflix, are “…long enough to indicate the choice was intentional.”
While no one can dispute how popular The Witcher has become in such a short time on the streaming service, it does lead to debate as to whether or not their new criteria helped to boost streaming numbers.
Two minutes is not a lot of screen time. A viewer could easily get through just the title card and a couple of seconds before switching to another title. But don’t be mistaken; this is in no way an attempt to bash the show.
Netflix congratulated The Witcher, calling it:
“As a testament to how our hit content can penetrate the global zeitgeist and influence popular culture, the show’s launch drove up sales of ‘The Witcher’ books and games around the world, and spawned a viral musical hit.”
That’s not all for The Witcher and Netflix. A spin-off Anime film is currently in development for the corporation.
Netflix continues to dominate the streaming world. It’s got another hit on its hands with the second season of You, which was streamed 54 million times during its first month.