Last Friday, the much-awaited second season of The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+. So the team at Reelgood, the most extensive movie and TV streaming search engine, pulled the data to see just how warmly it was received by over 2 million users in the U.S.
For the sake of comparison, they included opening weekend stats for a few other major TV shows like The Boys, Stranger Things, recently released The Queen’s Gambit, and even the first season of The Mandalorian. You can see their findings illustrated in this chart:
There is no doubt that The Mandalorian performed spectacularly well this weekend, coming very close to the opening weekend streaming shares for season 3 of Netflix’s Stranger Things. Meanwhile, the second season performance of Amazon Prime’s The Boys remains unrivaled. The fact that Netflix released all episodes of Stranger Things in one go and The Boys’ first three episodes were immediately made available to stream via Prime Video on September 4th likely helped boost their performance.
Mando did, however, successfully manage to rake in more streams this time compared to its first season launch in November last year. This is most probably due in part to the massive growth in Disney+ subscribers this year, but more than that — subscribers were primed and ready for this new season as The Mandalorian is arguably the biggest series on the streaming service right now.
Netflix’s latest limited series, The Queen’s Gambit, is doing good with a streaming share of 4.3% during its opening weekend — just a smidge lower than The Mandalorian’s first season share of streams.