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Nielsen Streaming Charts: Andor Drops Out Of Top 10

It’s time for the weekly Nielsen Streaming Charts update! Andor has dropped out of the top 10 original series charts. In 10th place is The Handmaid’s Tale with 441 million minutes, and last week Andor had a little less than 400 million minutes. Previous episodes never really reached the numbers The Handmaid’s Tale has, which explains why Andor’s numbers are not good enough for the top 10 this week. With that Andor is the first Star Wars live action series to disappear from the original series streaming charts. Read more after the jump!

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The Mandalorian Season 3 Will Launch On March 1st, 2023!

The official return date for The Mandalorian was announced today. Din Djarin and Grogu return to Disney+ on March 1st, 2023! The Mandalorian will not be the next Star Wars series though, since The Bad Batch is expected to be released before that.
Are you excited about the return of the bounty hunter and his little green toddler sidekick?

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The Nielsen Streaming Charts For Andor Episode 8

The Nielsen Streaming Charts were delayed this time because of the holiday weekend in the US. But today Nielsen finally updated their charts. The last time Andor accumulated 418 million minutes with episode 7. Episode 8 (the beginning of the Narkina 5 prison arc) however, sees a small decline to 385 million minutes. But since a high profile series like Rings of Power dropped out of the charts (two weeks after the final episode was included in the charts), Andor is in 8th place and stays in the top 10 original streaming series charts.
It’s safe to say that Andor has found its audience, which is roughly 40-60% (depending on what episodes you look at) of the previous two Star Wars live action series, The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi (while The Mandalorian had more viewers still). This does makes Andor the most popular show on Disney+, but there is no competition on the streaming service at the moment. Let’s see if the ratings improve again a bit in two weeks, once the final prison arc episode is included by Nielsen.

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Cassian is sent to prison in episode 8

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Weekend Fun: The Andor 1975 Trailer

The Nielsen Streaming Charts are delayed this week, probably because of the holiday. But to fill the hole that Andor left behind why not watch the latest work by YouTube channel Auralnauts who released a 1970s vintage era Andor series intro earlier this week. And they nailed it down, from the Doctor Who inspired synth music to the cheesy editing you usually found in those series intros until they slowly went out of fashion after the 1980s and are virtually non-existent in the modern entertainment landscape. But if Andor had been a tv show in 1975… chances are good it would have looked something like this. Almost makes you miss those old fashioned intros that took their time to introduce the characters, often with catchy theme songs. Click through to watch the trailer!

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The Andor season finale dropped today and it did deliver. Things escalate when all the major characters meet on Ferrix. Can Cassian rescue Bix? Will Vel, Cinta and Luthen try to kill him? Or will Dedra capture her most wanted rebel? And what will happen at Maarva’s funeral, the trap set for Cassian? Many things happened in this episode, so please read my spoiler review and let’s discuss the Andor season finale by clicking here or on the banner!

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The Nielsen Ratings For Andor Episode 7

It’s Friday, which means the Nielsen Streaming Charts have been updated. Just a few words today. Andor ratings have improved yet again a little with episode 7. Which was the standalone episode with Andor going on a vacation. It was 405 million minutes last week, and it’s 418 million minutes for episode 7 now. Which makes Andor the most watched Disney+ series, after She-Hulk ended. Andor drops to #9 in the charts though, because of the competition. So we have to see if Andor can maintain its top 10 position in the original series charts next week. However, Rings of Power should drop out of the top 10 next week, one week after the finale RoP is still good enough for position 5 with 570 million minutes, and remember, this is for the week after the finale with no new episode added. Anyway, the ratings for Andor seem to have reached a stable level and chances are ratings will improve further, because word of mouth is very positive. But it’s still the least watched Star Wars live action series. Obi-Wan Kenobi had ended with episode 6, but episode 7 of The Book of Boba Fett had 885 million minutes, which was of course the season finale.
But Andor’s ratings are still very solid, especially for a drama series that breaks with several Star Wars traditions and that doesn’t feature a fan favourite character from the Original or Prequel Trilogy – or cute little Baby Yodas.

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Aliens! A space battle! Surprises! Daughter of Ferrix has it all. It’s the penultimate episode of the season and things are moved into place for the finale next week. We catch up with all important characters and also learn how Bix is doing, who is still in Imperial custody. The episode also has few things to say about droids. So there’s lots to talk about once more! Click here or on the banner to read my spoiler review and let’s discuss the latest Andor episode!

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Disney Will Air The First Two Andor Episodes On ABC And Hulu

Fans living in the US who are not subscribed to Disney+ will get a chance to watch the first two Andor episodes on various networks and Hulu next week!

ABC:  Wednesday November 23,  9-10:30 pm ET/PT
FX:  Thursday, November 24, 9-10:30 pm ET/PT
Freeform:  Friday, November 25, 9-10:30 pm ET/PT 
Hulu:  Available from November 23 through December 7  

Of course this means the third episode will not be available, and you can say this is Disney’s way of gaining more subscribers, since watching just the first two episodes means you miss out on the final episode of the arc, leaving things very much unfinished. It’s obvious Disney hopes that at least some people will get hooked and want more. It’s not the first time a streaming service has done something similar, some Star Trek episodes were available on YouTube in the US and even network tv (much later though). Let’s see if this will have an effect on Andor’s tail end, since the episodes air the day the season finale is released on Disney+. Meaning, if someone gets hooked they can binge the entire show over Thanksgiving and the following weekend.

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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

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Now this is big news, Studio Ghibli, who are known for movies like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle (to name just a few), just announced on Twitter that they will work with Lucasfilm on some yet undisclosed project. The official Star Wars Twitter account then retweeted the reveal. So it’s official.

Will it be for Star Wars Visions 2? Could it be a proper animated movie? No details are known yet but the prospect of Studio Ghibli working on a Star Wars project is certainly very exciting. Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award winning animated movies are among the very best in the genre. Maybe a proper full length movie would be a logical step after the shorts we got in Visions. But we have to wait for more details. Would you prefer it if Studio Ghibli made a proper movie or would you also be happy if it’s “just” a short for Visions season 2? Of course there’s always a chance the project is not related to Star Wars at all and that Studio Ghibli will develop something original for Lucasfilm, but Star Wars seems like a good fit, especially after Visions. And the official Star Wars Twitter account retweeted the reveal for a reason probably.

UPDATE: the Studio Ghibli project is a Mandalorian short titled ” Grogu and Dust Bunnies” and it will be released on November 12th, the 3rd anniversary of The Mandalorian!

 

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One Way Out concludes the prison arc, with Cassian setting his plan to escape Narkina 5 in motion. But to me the real highlight of this week’s episode were two scenes in which characters just talk, Mon Mothma, who has to contemplate an offer that would bring unhappiness to someone she loves… and then Luthen Rael, who reveals to a fellow rebel what being a rebel cost him, what sacrifices he has made. So there’s once again lots to talk about! Read my spoiler review for One Way Out and let’s discuss the latest Andor episode by clicking here or on the banner!

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Two weeks ago Lucasfilm released the anthology series Tales of the Jedi which can be considered a part of The Clone Wars, it uses the same artstyle and same animation, and the six short episodes focus on two different characters featured in The Clone Wars, fan favourite Ahsoka Tano and then the villain Count Dooku. Because of the structure of the series I will talk about the three Ahsoka episodes today, Life and Death, Practice Makes Perfect and Resolve, the 1st, 5th and 6th episode respectively. The Count Dooku episodes will follow next weekend or so, some time after Andor, which releases its new episode tomorrow.

Anyway, today we talk about Tales of the Jedi, or at least the half of it that focuses on Ahsoka. Fans of The Clone Wars will find many things to like here, even if Ahsoka’s episodes offer little that is actually new or all that interesting maybe. But let’s talk about all that in my spoiler review and click here or on the banner to proceed!

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Lucasfilm Officially Announces The Cast For The Acolyte

Not all that much is known yet about The Acolyte. The lead star Amandla Stenberg was announced previously, several leaks and rumours revealed several other cast members, and today Lucasfilm officially revealed who will be the main stars in the upcoming series. Click through to find out who the main cast is!

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Andor Is Bleeding Viewers. The Nielsen Charts For Episode 5.

Nielsen have added episode 5 of Andor to their weekly streaming charts. A quick reminder, episode 5 was the middle part of the Aldhani arc. And the series is rapidly losing viewers. Click through for more!

Contemplative Star Wars is apparently not for everyone

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The latest Andor episode may be somewhat difficult to watch. People you probably like a lot are tortured and the episode drives home the point how casual the Empire is with being inhumane, cruel, sadistic and utterly terrifying, something we already got a glimpse of in A New Hope with Moff Tarkin and his officers, but it’s driven home here in Andor with force. Meanwhile, Cassian is not losing his spirit, and he has adapted to his new life. But he’s already plotting his escape from Narkina 5. And then there’s quite the revelation about Mon Mothma’s family… So there’s once more lots to talk about. Read my spoiler review and let’s discuss the latest Andor episode by clicking here or on the banner!

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Nielsen Streaming Charts For Andor After Episode 4

Nielsen have updated their weekly streaming charts today and Andor maintained it’s 6th place in the “original series” charts, but viewing minutes are down! Click through for more details!

Andor remains the best rated Disney+ series

Andor remains the best rated Disney+ series

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It’s Wednesday, that means it’s Andor day, the most anticipated day of the week. Cassian was arrested by the Empire last week, only not for the things he actually did, instead he was sent to prison for nothing. And this week we find out what life in an Imperial prison is like. And it’s hell. But we also see what the other major characters are up to of course. So there’s lots to discuss! Click here or on the banner for my spoiler review and let’s talk about the latest Andor episode!

Tales of the Jedi was also released on Wednesday. We will most likely talk about the series this weekend, inbetween Andor episodes.

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UPDATED: Yet Another Star Wars Movie In The Works

While Lucasfilm won’t confirm anything usually quite reliable trade magazine Deadline has learned that Damon Lindelof is working on a new Star Wars movie. He will work with a yet to be named co-writer on the script. According to Deadline Lucasfilm have also found a director for the project, the two times Oscar winner (for documentary shorts) and Ms. Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, so not Bryce Dallas Howard or Deborah Chow who both have worked on The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Lindelof is certainly best known for LOST (he was showrunner with Carlton Cuse, JJ Abrams left after the pilot and had no input after that) and how everyone ended up in a church in the Afterlife, he also is responsible for critically acclaimed shows like Watchmen and The Leftovers. As far as movies are concerned Lindelof wrote Star Trek Into Darkness and the Alien prequel Prometheus, and both movies do not necessarily excel in the script department. If you wonder what happened to Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron, it was removed from Disney’s release schedule for good in September, it had been removed before, then it was reported Jenkins is back… and now the movie seems to be really dead. There is no word yet when or if Taika Waititi will begin filming his Star Wars movie. There is a tentative release date for a Star Wars movie in 2025. It seems Star Wars will keep its focus on Disney+ series for the time being.

UPDATE: the Hollywood Reporter believe they know who the co-writer is: Justin Britt-Gibson, who worked on series like Counterpart. They also say that the movie will be standalone, but that it could be expanded into a trilogy. The movie will allegedly be set in the Sequel Trilogy continuity, and characters from the trilogy may appear in the new project. Filoni may have been present in the super secret writer’s room when the project was conceived. Take all this with generous doses of salt. As usual.

Source: Deadline

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Nielsen have finally added Andor to their weekly streaming charts, which have a delay of about four weeks. And Andor has pretty good ratings, the series accumulated 624 million minutes in the US, according to Nielsen. It is the series with the lowest number of episodes in the charts. Nielsen does ignore people watching the series on PCs and a few other devices, but the numbers are still an accepted industry standard for popularity. How does Andor compare to the other Star Wars live action shows? Click through for a few more details!

The K-2 unit is not forcefully recruiting viewers

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Andor is back with a new episode. And without saying too much, it’s yet another highlight. And, yes, people who wanted aliens and droids will finally get them. There was lots of worldbuilding in this episode, but it once more shines in its various character moments. And every character had their moment this week. Also, Franz Kafka would probably be proud of this episode. Why? Find out in my spoiler review and let’s discuss the latest Andor episode by clicking here or on the banner!

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Hasbro released their financial report for the 3rd quarter yesterday. And the toymaker failed to meet targets and suffered a major revenue decline. However, not everything is doom and gloom, and when you look at the report in detail you can see that what matters to us most here, Star Wars, is still performing well. Click through for more details!

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The Eye concludes the second arc of Andor’s season 1. Were the two preceding episodes worth all the wait and slow build-up? Absolutely. Andor proves to be one of the finest moments of Star Wars on the small screen ever. Quite a few things happened in The Eye, so there’s lots to talk about! Click here or on the banner to read my spoiler review and let’s discuss the latest episode of Andor!

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I would not fault you for thinking that literally nothing happens in the latest Andor episode. However, I argue we get a very compelling character study instead, something Star Wars has maybe never given us before. So there are things to talk about of course, even if there may be no action, no battles, nothing that series like The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett have in spades. But in some ways Andor is much more interesting than any Star Wars series before. So read my spoiler review for the latest episode and let’s have a discussion, just click here or on the banner!

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Hasbro Star Wars Pulse Con 2022: The Black Series Reveals

The Hasbro Pulse Con Star Wars panel had several goodies for Black Series fans. One major focus was Andor and we get a few surprising, but very welcome figures from the show in The Black Series! Another focus was the upcoming 2023 40th anniversary Return of the Jedi line and finally, the Black Series pipeline reveals offer one or two surprises as well, that will probably be welcomed by collectors! So click through for all the details!

Finally in the Black Series line-up: Mon Mothma

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Review: Andor - Aldhani (S01E04) (Disney+ Live Action Series)

A new episode of Andor dropped today and after the escape from Ferrix it is the beginning of an all new arc and chapter in the series. Several new characters are introduced, we finally meet Mon Mothma and ISB Officer Dedra Meero, as well as a few rebels. As in episode 1 things are rather slow at the beginning of the new arc, but still very intriguing. Read my spoiler review for Aldhani by clicking here or on the banner and let’s discuss the latest Andor episode!

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