The Witcher is on track to be Netflix's biggest first series yet

The Witcher is on track to be Netflix's biggest first series yet

The recently released Witcher TV show is on its way to being the biggest first season on streaming platform Netflix to date.

That's according to the service's financial report for the three months ending December 31st, which says that 76m households tuned in to watch Henry Cavill's monster hunting romp in the show's first four weeks in the wild.

Netflix says that the show's success is due to pent up demand for the show off the back of the original books from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, as well as the video games from studio CD Projekt RED. The streaming platform also makes reference to the Toss a Coin to Your Witcher song, which it describes as "a viral musical hit."

The company also cites Google Trends data to show that The Witcher was more searched than Disney+'s The Mandalorian, Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime and Apple TV's The Morning Show, with 100m people

"Something similar [to Stranger Things season three's release] we saw with a huge launch for Witcher, Witcher was kind of pent-up demand for known IP, but man people, the show delivered for people, who delivered viewing hours for us," chief content office Ted Sarandos told investors, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha.

"And people loved it right out of the gate. Other shows come out and they pop and they're dependable and they build and people are going to watch it as soon as they finish what they're watching right now."

The Witcher launched on Netflix in December 2019. A second series is in the pipeline.

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