It’s time for the weekly Nielsen Streaming Charts Update! The sixth and final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi has finally been added to the charts! So how did the finale (to be more precise, all six episodes) do on Disney+? Really well! Kenobi was the third most streamed original series with the lowest number of episodes! Click through for the details!
Kenobi accumulated 860 million minutes with its finale! Which puts it in 3rd place on the streaming charts! It is also the only Disney+ show in the charts, which means that Ms. Marvel still hasn’t reappeared after its lackluster debut.
Disney and Lucasfilm will most likely be quite happy with the performance of Obi-Wan Kenobi even if not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Kenobi outperformed Book of Boba Fett consistently but didn’t reach the heights of The Mandalorian, but then again, The Mandalorian is a phenomenon and maybe no other Star Wars series in the foreseeable future will be able to repeat that success story.
Still, it also has to be pointed out that Obi-Wan Kenobi lost viewers after the first three episodes and never fully recovered from that. Here are all the numbers for Obi-Wan Kenobi from the Nielsen Streaming Charts:
Parts I-III: 958 million minutes
Parts I-IV: 682 million minutes
Parts I-V: 733 million minutes
Parts I-VI: 860 million minutes
So while the finale added a substantial number of viewers, and it’s also roughly 15% more than The Book of Boba Fett finale had, it’s still about 10% lower than the numbers for the early episodes. A clear sign that quite a few people never returned to the show. It has also fallen behind shows like Loki, which featured a fan favorite Marvel character.
But still, 860 million minutes with just six pretty short episodes is a very good performance overall. No other series with a similar episode count comes even close. That a pretty short series with short episodes can easily outperform series with three, four or even eight times the number of episodes is remarkable. Based on the numbers alone Lucasfilm could absolutely think about a season 2. But maybe hire some better writers this time nonetheless…
What else… Stranger Things is no longer the most streamed original series, The Umbrella Academy (yet another Netflix superhero show) takes the crown this time.
And that’s it, we will most likely reconvene once Andor is released (late August) and added to the Nielsen Streaming Charts, probably in late September. It will be interesting to see how Andor will perform compared to both Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor as a character is much less high profile than both Boba and Obi-Wan, but the trailers look very promising.
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