The series, which is a sequel to the movie “Karate Kid”, is one of the surprises of the quarantine: it reached that figure in four weeks, after a lukewarm stint on YouTube.
The arrival of Cobra Kai a Netflix caused a revolution in movie fans Karate Kid, released in 1984, and in new generations that knew the franchise. Although the third season has not yet been released, there is already a quarter confirmed. The series was positioned within the 10 most viewed programs of the streaming service in the country and the company decided to reveal how many people watched it globally.
Netflix rarely provides audience data. But the earnings report for the third quarter of 2020, which runs from July to September, says that the spin-off was viewed by 50 million accounts during its first four weeks on the platform.
Netflix adoptó a new way of doing this measurement that is often questioned. Just having someone watch two minutes of the series or movie is enough. Is a system similar to Youtube. Before it was necessary for someone to watch at least 70% of a movie or episode to be counted as a replay.
Originally, this sequel that places the same characters 30 years after the remembered finale in the All Valley Tournament, where a wounded Daniel LaRusso beat Johnny Lawrence, was released on YouTube Premium, where it did not reach the massiveness that Netflix later gave it.
One of the biggest attractions is that the original actors put themselves back into the shoes of their characters. William Zabka, as the bully in the film, and Ralph Maccio as the student of the mythical Professor Miyagi.
In the first two seasons of Cobra Kai, of 10 chapters each, you can see how life took them through different paths and they are already in their late 40s.
Another interesting point is how the characters were changing roles, to the point that it is not known who the villain of this sequel is. In the films it was clear that LaRusso was the hero and Lawrence the bad guy. But in the series, Zabka’s character wants to return to Miyagi’s values while Maccio’s is more stubborn in making a difference with his former enemy.
The disclosed document also confirms the data announced through the platform’s Twitter account, where it was said that Ratched reached 48 million views in less than a month (the original production most viewed of the year, for now).
It was further revealed that the second season of The Umbrella Academy amassed 43 million views in its first 28 days and the fifth of Lucifer, 38 million.
Regarding movies there are also new statistical data. The old guard, with Charlize Theron, was the most viewed in that period with 78 million views, followed by Enola Holmes with 76 million, Power Project with 75 and My first kiss 2 with 66 million views.
In the documentary section it stands out The Watts Affair: The Murderous Father, which follows the disappearance of Shanann and her daughters with unpublished images. Got 52 million views during the first four weeks on the platform. In second place was The social media dilemma, which caused all kinds of debates with 38 million.
Netflix, which was one of the big winners of the quarantine, also announced that 2.2 million users joined in three months, from July to September.