The Witcher TV Show Is A "Massive New Franchise" For Netflix, CEO Says
Netflix ended 2019 on a high note thanks to The Witcher.
The Witcher is really, really popular--so much so that Netflix's CEO gave it special mention above all others during the company's latest earnings report. Reed Hastings not only called out The Witcher as the company's latest big win, he described the series as a "massive new franchise." He also suggested that it will continue to live on for years and years.
Hastings said he was really happy with The Witcher's performance and that it helped Netflix end 2019 "on a high note." He described the show as a "massive new franchise that will develop season after season."
His line about "season after season" suggests that Netflix is keen to invest in The Witcher for a number of seasons to come. Netflix believed in The Witcher from early on, as the company greenlit the second season before the first even premiered.
Season 2 is expected to debut in 2021, and it seems Season 3 may follow after that, though no announcements have been made.
The Witcher Season 1 was viewed by 76 million accounts over its first four weeks, and the show is tracking to become Netflix's "biggest" season one of any Netflix show ever. Netflix recently changed how it counts viewers, so the numbers are inflated--but still impressive.