– by Anthony Esteves

In 2017, 13 Reasons Why burst onto the scene with a tremendous following (and some controversy). The series, which tells the story of a teen suicide victim who leaves 13 audio cassette tapes depicting what lead her to take her life and how 13 of her peers played a part, quickly became one of Netflix’s top rated shows. While the series was considered controversial by many, it shed a light on a topic society tends to brush under the rug and pretend is not there. Suicide and mental health has since become a topic of discussion lately while also being presented in a compelling drama featuring some very talented young actors.

Last Friday, Netflix premiered the second season of the intense drama series and the news couldn’t be better for the popular streaming service. Variety reported early Tuesday that season two of 13 Reasons Why took the number one spot among all U.S. digital original series. According to the firm Parrot Analytics, 13 Reasons Why hit 64.4 million demand expressions on its premiere date, beating out Cobra Kai‘s 51.5 million. Cobra Kai is streamed on YouTube Red, respectively.

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Moreover, the series was able to take the top spot regarding a seven-day average per-capita basis, becoming twice as popular as Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. With this strong of a performance, 13 Reasons Why has solidified itself as one of Netflix’s top programs. Whether or not the series can continue with the same cast and overall story arch remains to be seen, but as for now, it has proven itself to be solid gold for the number one streaming service in the nation.

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Source: Variety.