Cobra Kai season 4 reaches 120 million hours viewed in the first 3 days of release on Netflix, sending The Witcher season 2 to second place.
Cobra Kai season 4 has clocked 120 million hours of viewing time in its first three days on Netflix. The Netflix original returned after debuting its third season last year at about the same time, which bested streaming numbers on any platform at that time, amassing 2.1 billion minutes viewed for the week of January 4-10th, 2021 as per Nielsen ratings. Netflix supplies its own viewership numbers now, which tracks series and films via hours viewed, rather than minutes, which are shared through an updated weekly Top 10, accounting for viewership all over the world.
Cobra Kai stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Thomas Ian Griffith, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and Peyton List. The show follows the exploits of age-old karate rivals from The Karate Kid series of films, who reignite their rivalry some 30 years later, this time involving their own students and offspring. Originally a YouTube Red original series, Cobra Kai was bought by Netflix, which has thus far debuted the last two seasons on their platform.
As per the weekly Top 10 update from Netflix, Cobra Kai season 4 has logged 120 million hours of watch time since it debuted on New Year’s Day, which accounts for three days of viewership thus far. This debut pushes The Witcher season 2 to the #2 spot, although that series debuted with 142 million hours of watch time in just two days of release, which is a strong start for the returning fantasy series. Cobra Kai has yet to crack the all-time Top 10, which is based on the number of hours watched in the first 28 days of release. There’s still time, of course, but Bridgerton season 1 currently holds the top spot (for English TV) there, with 625 million hours viewed, with Squid Game toppling everything by earning a massive 1.6 billion hours viewed (for non-English TV) for that time period.
Conceived by Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg as a revival series born of The Karate Kid films of the ’80s, Cobra Kai has quickly becoming one of the most-watched and most-talked-about shows on any streaming platform. Netflix greenlit Cobra Kai season 5 back in August, which has already been filmed in its entirety. No announcement of a season 6 has been made as of yet, but the showrunners have said they are writing beyond season 5 at this point, with an eye toward spinoffs as well.
It will be interesting to see how Cobra Kai performs in the coming weeks, especially if it can crack the illustrious all-time Top 10 for Netflix. Given the reach and height of popularity, there’s certainly a possibility that could happen, but it has no bearing whatsoever on the next season, as that’s already completed. However, if the show remains consistently as good and as prominent with viewers, those numbers are sure to be on the incline.
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