Netflix Greenlights Fifth and Final Season of ‘The Witcher’

Netflix has officially begun production of season four of “The Witcher” in the United Kingdom, and shared a social media peek of the cast together from a recent table read. 

The streamer also greenlighted season five of the medieval-themed actioner, starring Liam Hemsworth (who replaced Henry Cavill after season three) as the monster hunter, which was at one time was one of Netflix’s most-popular original shows, generating  72.2 million hours viewed for season one.

Season five will film back-to-back with season four and will be the final chapter in “The Witcher” story. Seasons four and five will adapt the remaining of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow and Lady of the Lake.

Season four follows Geralt (The Witcher), Yennefer and Ciri who are faced with traversing the war-ravaged Continent and its many demons apart from each other. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring Andrzej Sapkowski’s books to an epic and satisfying conclusion,” Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, creator, showrunner and executive producer of the show, said in a statement. 

Other cast members include Anya Chalotra (Yennefer of Vengerberg), Freya Allan (Princess Cirilla of Cintra), Joey Batey (Jaskier), Laurence Fishburne (Regis) Eamon Farren (Cahir), Anna Shaffer (Triss Merigold), Mimî M Khayisa (Fringilla), Cassie Clare (Philippa), Mahesh Jadu (Vilgefortz), Meng’er Zhang (Milva), Graham McTavish (Dijkstra), Royce Pierreson (Istredd), Mecia Simson (Francesca), Sharlto Copley (Leo Bonhart), Danny Woodburn (Zoltan), Jeremy Crawford (Yarpen), Bart Edwards (Emhyr), Hugh Skinner (Radovid), James Purefoy (Skellen), Christelle Elwin (Mistle), Fabian McCallum (Kayleigh), Juliette Alexandra (Reef), Ben Radcliffe (Giselher), Connor Crawford (Asse), Aggy K. Adams (Iskra), Linden Porco (Percival Schuttenbach), Therica Wilson-Read (Sabrina), Rochelle Rose (Margarita) and Safiyya Ingar (Keira).

Samba TV: Viewer Interest in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Appears to Be Waning

Viewer interest in Netflix original fantasy drama series “The Witcher” appears to be declining, with some speculation suggesting lead actor Henry Cavill’s decision to depart the series has driven the streaming downturn.

About 597,000 U.S. households watched “The Witcher” season three, episode 6 part two during the first four days (L+3D) window, according to new data from Samba TV, which tracks viewership intel across 48 million connected televisions worldwide.

By comparison, 885,000 U.S. households watched “The Witcher” season three, episode one part one during the L+3D window. About 1 million U.S. households watched “The Witcher” season two episode one during the L+3D window.

Indeed, season three episode six part two viewership was down 33% from the season three episode one part one episode. Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Seattle over-indexed the most (+75%), followed by Washington, D.C. (+36%) and Philadelphia (+32%) for the L+3D window.

Netflix Aug. 1 disclosed that season three of “The Witcher” generated 7.8 million global views for the week ended July 30 — tops among all English-language TV content on the platform.

Separately, 933,000 U.S. households watched romantic comedy movie Happiness for Beginners on Netflix during the L+3D window. Of the top 25 largest designated market areas, Minneapolis, Minn., over-indexed the most (+41%), followed by Portland, Ore., (+33%) and San Francisco (+30%) for L+3D window.

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‘The Witcher’ No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart Week Ended July 14

Netflix’s “The Witcher” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 14. It had a 14.5% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 54.7 times the demand of an average series. “The Witcher” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” stayed No. 2 with a 0.04% drop in demand expressions. It had 52.2 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 3 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Remaining No. 3 was the Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” though it had a 1.5% drop in demand expressions to give it 43 times average demand.

Maintaining the No. 4 spot was Marvel’s “Secret Invasion,” on Disney+. The show stars Samuel L. Jackson returning to the role of spymaster Nick Fury, this time burdened with the potential takeover of Earth by shape-shifting aliens posing as a high-ranking humans. It had a 5% drop in demand expressions to give it 39.6 times the demand of an average show.

Up two spots to No. 5 was Max’s superhero series “Titans.” The show had a 4.4% increase in demand expressions, giving it 37.4 times average demand.

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The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 67.3 times average demand.

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‘The Witcher’ No. 1 on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart Week Ended July 7

Netflix’s “The Witcher” took over the No. 1 spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended July 7. It had a 42.3% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 64.3 times the demand of an average series. “The Witcher” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” slid a spot to No. 2 with a 1.6% drop in demand expressions. It had 52.5 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Up a spot to No. 3 was the Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” though it had a 2.5% drop in demand expressions to give it 43.8 times average demand.

Down a spot to No. 4 was Marvel’s “Secret Invasion,” on Disney+. The show stars Samuel L. Jackson returning to the role of spymaster Nick Fury, this time burdened with the potential takeover of Earth by shape-shifting aliens posing as a high-ranking humans. It had an 8.4% drop in demand expressions to give it 41.8 times the demand of an average show.

Dropping three spots to No. 5 was the animated sci-fi series “Futurama,” now classified as a digital original as the show is being revived on Hulu. The show had an 18.3% decrease in demand expressions, giving it 41.7 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 64.5 times average demand.

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‘Cobra Kai’ Tops Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart for Fourth Week; ‘Ozark’ Rises to No. 5

Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” remained No. 1 for a fourth week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Jan. 28. The “Karate Kid” sequel series had 53.7 times the demand of the average series after another 17.1% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “Cobra Kai” was No. 4 on the list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s fantasy series “The Witcher” held onto the No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart with 43.4 times the demand of an average series during the week after an 11.4% drop in demand expressions. “The Witcher” was No. 7 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and its spin-off “The Book of Boba Fett” continued to hold the next two spots on the digital originals chart.

“Boba Fett” remained at No. 3, with its fifth of seven episodes bowing during the week. It had 42.7 times the demand of an average series following a 2.5% rise in demand expressions. “The Book of Boba Fett” was No. 9 on the list of overall TV shows.

“Mandalorian” held tight at No. 4 on the digital originals chart with an 8% rise in demand expressions to give it 41.3 times the demand of an average series. The latest episode of “Boba Fett” focused on a new adventure from the main character of “The Mandalorian,” which was No. 10 on the list of overall TV shows.

Netflix’s “Ozark” rose 11 spots to return to the top 10 originals chart at No. 5. Seven episodes from the fourth season became available Jan. 21, giving the family crime drama a 65.7% jump in demand expressions to push it to 35 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 63.1 times average demand.

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Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘The Witcher,’ ‘Emily in Paris’ Dominated Christmas Week Streaming

Nielsen said a record 183 billion viewing minutes were streamed on household televisions in the U.S. during Christmas week 2021 — led by Netflix’s “The Witcher” and second-season debut of “Emily in Paris.”

“The Witcher,” which stars Henry Cavill in the fantasy series, saw viewership increase 25% to 2.7 billion minutes — in its second week of release. The new season of “Emily in Paris,” starring Lily Collins, scored big with female streamers (78% audience share), generating 939 million minutes to edge out the season finale of “Hawkeye,” also with 939 million minutes.

“The big news [that week] was a lot of new content introduced,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy at Nielsen, said on the videocast. “It looks like ‘Emily’ and ‘Hawkeye’ tied, but unrounded, ‘Emily’ did just beat ‘Hawkeye’ for No. 2.”

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Notably, Fuhrer said the season-ending episode of “Hawkeye,” which features Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, was the most-watched for the Disney+ program.

“It built steam, built buzz over the last two or three episodes,” Fuhrer said.

The same trend applied to Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time,” which saw its weekly viewing minutes increase more than 30% to 638 million minutes for the season-ending eighth episode.

Among feature films, Prime Video’s Being the Ricardos topped all movies with 604 million minutes streamed watching Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem play Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz in the former TV stars’ complicated business/personal relationship.

“Seventy percent of the audience was over 50, with 37% of that percentile over the age of 65,” Fuhrer said, adding that Prime Video content tends to trend toward older demos.

Being the Ricardos was definitely red meat for that group,” he said.

Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

‘Cobra Kai’ Still No. 1 on Parrot’s TV Series Demand Chart

Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” remained No. 1 on both Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings and the data firm’s list of all TV shows the week ended Jan. 14. The “Karate Kid” sequel series had 83.3 times the demand of the average series after a 6.6% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

Netflix’s fantasy series “The Witcher” held onto the No. 2 spot on the digital originals chart with 53.6 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 19.3% drop in demand expressions. “The Witcher” was No. 3 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and its spin-off “The Book of Boba Fett” held the next two spots, but flipped places from the previous week.

“Boba Fett” rose a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals chart, with its third of seven episodes bowing during the week, though it wasn’t very well received by fans. It had 39.4 times the demand of an average series following a 1.7% drop in demand expressions. “The Book of Boba Fett” was No. 10 on the list of overall TV shows.

“Mandalorian” slid to No. 4 on the digital originals chart with a 7.9% drop in demand expressions to give it 37.9 times the demand of an average series.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” inched back up to No. 5 with a 1.9% rise in demand expressions to take 34.6 times average demand.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Expanse” had a 7.2% increase in demand expressions during the week with its series finale arriving Jan. 14. The sci-fi series had 30.6 times the average series demand to push it up four spots to re-enter the top 10 at No. 8. 

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 2 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 64.5 times average demand.

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Nielsen: Opening Weekend of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Tracked Almost 2.2 Billion Minutes Streamed

Pent-up demand for the new season of Netflix original series “The Witcher” saw almost 2.2 billion minutes streamed for the opening weekend (ended Dec. 19, 2021) debut of the fantasy series starring Henry Cavill, according to new data from Nielsen.

All 16 episodes of the series dominated the ratings firm’s tracking, nearly tripling runner-up “Cocomelon” with 848 million minutes, and licensed favorite “Criminal Minds,” with 631 million minutes across 317 episodes.

“Netlfix [was] kind of flexing its original content muscles,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy at Nielsen, said on the webcast.

Fuhrer said “Witcher” siphoned off some of Amazon Prime Video’s audience for “The Wheel of Time,” a series with a similar plot line. The show generated 467 million minutes across seven episodes — an 8% drop from the previous week.

“It could be platform related,” Fuhrer said, attributing to Amazon Prime’s appeal among older viewers who also use the platform’s shipping and ecommerce features. “Amazon tends to skew a little older than Netflix.”

On the flipside, “Cocomelon,” and movies Back to the Outback, and Bluey on Disney+, resonated with younger viewers, including those aged 2-11, according to Fuhrer.

“Nobody has really challenged the tremendous numbers ‘Cocomelon’ has put up, but I think [the competition] has begun to isolate the fact that this is a serious opportunity for streaming,” he said. “And we’re seeing more and more entrants into the space.”

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Source: Nielsen Streaming Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and Apple TV+), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

‘The Witcher’ Moves to No. 1 on Parrot’s List of Most In-Demand Overall TV Series

Netflix’s fantasy series “The Witcher” remained No. 1 for a second week on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Dec. 31, and also took over the top spot on the Parrot’s list of all TV shows. “The Witcher” had 75.3 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 2.4% gain in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity.

Netflix’s “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” saw another 30.3% increase in demand expressions during the week as the fourth season premiered Dec. 31, pushing it up five spots to No. 2 with 44.5 times average demand. “Cobra Kai” was No. 6 on the list of overall TV shows.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time” dropped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. Based on a series of fantasy novels, the show had 43.4 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 6.6% dip in demand expressions. “The Wheel of Time” was No. 7 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ Marvel series “Hawkeye” slipped a spot to No. 4 on the digital originals list. Following its Dec. 22 season finale, it had a 3.6% drop in demand expressions to give it 40.4 times average demand.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained No. 5 on the digital originals chart. It had a 6.2% rise in demand expressions to give it 39.5 times the demand of an average series. Parrot attributed the growth of the show, which hasn’t had a new episode in more than a year, to spinoff series “The Book of Boba Fett,” which debuted Dec. 29. Interestingly, “Boba Fett” didn’t crack the top 10, as Parrot’s metric often shows a demand boost for a parent show rather than a spinoff.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 2 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 75.2 times average demand. It had been No. 1 the previous week.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘The Witcher’ Tops Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart, Pushing ‘Wheel of Time’ to No. 2

Netflix’s fantasy series “The Witcher” returned to No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Dec. 24. After bowing its second season Dec. 17, the show had 72.8 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 100.5% gain in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “The Witcher” was No. 2 on the list of overall TV shows.

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wheel of Time” dropped to No. 2 on the digital originals chart after three weeks in the top spot. Based on a series of fantasy novels, the show had 46 times the demand of an average series during the week after a 6.2% gain in demand expressions. “The Wheel of Time” was No. 5 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ Marvel series “Hawkeye” slipped a spot to No. 3 on the digital originals list. With its season finale premiering Dec. 22, it had a 4% rise in demand expressions to give it 41.4 times average demand. “Hawkeye” was No. 9 on the list of overall TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” rose to No. 4 on the digital originals chart. It had a 3.2% rise in demand expressions to give it 36.9 times the demand of an average series. Spinoff series “The Book of Boba Fett” debuts Dec. 29.

HBO Max’s superhero series “Titans” rose a spot to No. 5 with a 0.5% rise in demand expressions to give it 34.6 times average demand.

Netflix’s “Daredevil,” the Marvel series that ran three seasons from 2015 to 2018, rose back to No. 6 on the digital originals chart, up from No. 29 the previous week. Fans have been revisiting the show recently as characters from it have started to show up in newer MCU offerings, including “Hawkeye” and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It had a 97.5% boost in demand expressions to give it 34.4 times average demand.

Netflix’s “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” saw another 2.7% increase in demand expressions during the week as the Dec. 31 premiere of season four approaches, pushing it up a spot to No. 7 with 33.8 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 79 times average demand.

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