If you’re like me, you may have spent your last weekend marathoning the heck out of Netflix’s latest release, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and boy what a treat that was. While I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fan of the books (I’ve only read the first one, and dropped it immediately), I was definitely drawn by the quirky visual aesthetic and tone sold in the trailers. It looked like it could be a fun bit of escapism. And man, was it ever.
More than anything, I was impressed by the show’s sharp wit and twisted sense of humor. While I’d noticed it while reading the first book, it certainly did feel a bit amped up — perhaps to appeal to the now grown-up readers who discovered them years ago. Or perhaps I just glossed over it all in text. Regardless, there was a lot to love here, and it looks like I wasn’t the only one.
According to Symphony Advanced Media (via TheWrap), Lemony Snicket was watched by 3.755 million adults ages 18-49 over the average minute. This number comes in above the recently-released Luke Cage, which was also considered a big success by all parties involved. Of course, we don’t necessarily expect that number to mean much to you, so let’s throw it up with some other season premiere weekends!
Fuller House Series Premiere - 7.330 million
Orange is the New Black Season 4 Premiere - 5.843 million
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Premiere - 4.884 million
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Series Premiere - 3.755 million
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 Premiere - 3.388 million
Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 Premiere - 3.201 million
While not the highest numbers, they definitely seem like more than enough to warrant a second season for the Neil Patrick Harris-led show. At the end of the day, however, it’s also important to reiterate that these numbers are being tracked by a third party, and as such, we must account for some margin of error. Netflix itself is the only one with internal numbers, and they’re the only one who knows how all these numbers affect their bottom line.
That being said, the network/streaming service has proven themselves to be an ally of creativily-fulfilling content, and as such, I see no reason to worry about the future for A Series of Unfortunate Events, especially since this will likely only last 3 seasons. All in all, it’s a smaller overall investment — and therefore a smaller risk — of shows that can go on in perpetuity.
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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is on Netflix now!
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SOURCE: Symphony Advanced Media (via TheWrap)