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Andor Ratings Rebound. The New Nielsen Streaming Charts.

Nielsen have updated their weekly streaming charts with numbers for Andor episode 6, which was the finale of the Aldhani heist arc. And the ratings have improved. Click through for more details!

Ratings improve with episode 6, The Eye

The ratings for Andor have recovered somewhat after the series had been shedding viewers ever since the first three episodes. But with episode 6 the downward trend has stopped. Despite of that the numbers are still worse than those for The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian. But that was to be expected.

With episode 6, The Eye, which was the finale of the Aldhani arc, Andor accumulated 405 million viewing minutes, which is good enough for the 7th place in the Nielsen Original Streaming Series charts. This is a moderate increase from last week’s 356 million minutes.

The respective episode 6 numbers for The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi are still much higher, 776 million minutes for The Book of Boba Fett (this was for the Luke Skywalker episode that also featured Ahsoka, Grogu and the Mandalorian and basically no Boba Fett) and 860 million minutes for Kenobi, but those numbers are for the finale which featured the “rematch of the century”.

With that Andor is the 2nd highest rated Disney+ series, She-Hulk has further improved its numbers with the season finale, episode 9 has 526 million minutes, which puts the series in 5th place. So overall She-Hulk season 1 performed pretty well, and always remember that the length of a series also affects its numbers, She-Hulk: Attory At Law has a sitcom format with shorter episodes.

Rings of Power, which already had quite impressive and very stable numbers, always just shy of 1 billion minutes after the first two episodes, also gained viewing minutes with its season 1 finale, 1,117 million minutes for episode 8. With that Rings of Power once more beats House of Dragon, which has one episode more, but again, that series is also on cable and not a streaming exclusive.
I do wonder how YouTube will explain away those numbers. Rings of Power’s first season proves to be a huge ratings hit for Amazon. And the viewership remained very stable throughout the entire season. A clear indicator that people like the series, contrary to what the much politicized user ratings may say, where Rings of Power got bombed with 1 star ratings on various platforms, just because.

Galadriel is actually quite popular

We also have a statement by Tony Gilroy, the Andor showrunner, about the reception of Andor at Lucasfilm in an interview he gave The Hollywood reporter, and according to Gilroy Lucasfilm is very happy with how Andor is performing and the fan feedback. Gilroy also expects the series to have a rather long tail end.

Here the full quote from the interview with THR:

Everybody’s (Gilroy refers to Lucasfilm here) really [happy]. I’ve never had reviews or affirmation like this in my life, for anything. And the passion of the people who’ve been following along is just overwhelming, man. I don’t know what else to say. It’s humbling. So yeah, I think everybody’s happy with that. Everybody’s pleased that [House of the Dragon] and [Rings of Power] are now out of the way, and I think a lot of people have been waiting for someone to tell them that it’s okay to watch [Andor] now or whatever. So the plan is that we’ll have a pretty long tail as we go, and everybody seems pretty pleased, unless you know something I don’t.

We still have six more episodes to go, so let’s see how the ratings will develop in the coming weeks and if the ratings will further improve as word gets out that Andor is not just an excellent Star Wars series, but one of the very best drama series on streaming in 2022, regardless of the SciFi tag.

The Nielsen Streaming Charts
Tony Gilroy interview with The Hollywood Reporter about Andor (has spoilers for episode 10!)

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