‘Ahsoka’ Viewership Falls Off Nielsen’s Overall Top 10 Chart, Second Week Nearly Identical To ‘Andor’ That Was “Chasing The Audience”
Lucasfilm’s latest Star Wars Disney+, Ahsoka, show fell off Nielsen’s Overall top 10 chart in its second week.
In its first week of release, the first two episodes of Ahsoka racked up 829 million minutes, which was good for fifth on Nielsen’s Top 10 Overall chart.
With the release of the show’s third episode “Time to Fly,” the series has fallen off Nielsen’s Overall Top 10 chart, with Suits remaining at the top and Netflix’s One Piece claiming the second spot from Who is Erin Carter?.
Other newcomers to the Top 10 included Netflix’s You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitvah, S.W.A.T., and The Big Bang Theory.
In order to find Ahsoka, one has to look at Nielsen’s Top 10 Originals list, where the series took the fifth spot with 487 million minutes viewed.
It was best by One Piece, Who is Erin Carter?, The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On, and The Wheel of Time.
Interestingly, if one does a simple minutes viewed divided by the run time, one would think that Ahsoka’s viewership might have increased by nearly 5 million people.
In the first week, the first two episodes were released with a total run time of 101. If you plug in 829 million minutes viewed to the equation, that comes to 8.2 million. Using the same equation for the third episode, you would divide 487 million minutes by 37 minutes, the run time of the third episode, and get 13.1 million.
However, YouTuber and financial analyst Valliant Renegade points out that Nielsen’s reporting is not just tracking watch time for the third episode, but includes the previous two episodes as well.
He states, “And then there’s the question of how many times were those first two episodes rewatched in this second measurement week to get up to episode three, or how many new people came in this week having never seen episode one and two in the first week of release and catching it now. All of that factors into that 487 million minutes watched.”
“Meaning that number is not strictly the third episode,” Renegade explains. “That’s the cumulative total of every bit of consumption of Ahsoka from Monday morning at midnight through the end of the second week.”
He then provided an example, “To give you an example, let’s say 15% of that watch time, that 487 million minutes, were people who either watched the first two episodes for the first time, or people who went back and reconsumed those first two episodes a second time in anticipation of watching the third.”
Renegade asserts, “That brings the actual watch time for this third episode way down. And that’s at only 15%. Let’s say that number was 25%.”
Interestingly, the Nielsen numbers covering the week of Ahsoka’s third episode are similar to what we saw from Andor. Back in September of last year, Andor’s premiere week, which saw the release of the show’s first three episodes, saw the show bring in 624 million minutes.
It placed sixth on Nielsen’s Original chart failing to break into the Top 10 on the Overall chart.
In Andor’s second week, the series only brought in 485 million minutes according to Nielsen. That’s nearly identical to Ahsoka’s 489 million minutes.
Despite tepid viewing figures for #Andor‘s 3 episode premier.
The show remained among Nielsen Top 10 Streaming Originals in its 2nd week.
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— MAC (@NowItsKnown) October 27, 2022
How did Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy react to the viewership numbers? He told Variety, “I think I was surprised. I thought the show would go the other way, that we would have this gigantic, instantaneous audience that would just be everywhere, but that it would take forever for non-‘Star Wars’ people or critics or my cohort of friends to get involved in the show.”
“The opposite happened. We ended up with all this critical praise, all this deep appreciation and understanding from really surprising number of sources, and we’re chasing the audience,” he admitted.
Given Gilroy claimed Andor was chasing the audience and it had a nearly identical performance to Ahsoka in its second week on the Nielsen charts, it calls into question Lucasfilm’s praise of the series’ viewership in reaction to Samba TV’s report that Ahsoka was indeed performing at Andor levels.
If you recall, Samba TV reported, “The latest new Star Wars series, Ahsoka finally hit screens with 1.2M US households watching over its first six days. This is similar to viewership of Andor’s premiere season and slightly lower than The Mandalorian‘s third season premiere over its first six days.”
In response to this, Lucasfilm declared, “Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company are thrilled and humbled to announce that Part One of Ahsoka, “Master and Apprentice,” was the most-watched title on Disney+ this past week. The debut episode garnered 14 million views, making the series number one globally on the streaming platform.”
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy added, “Ahsoka has become a fan favorite with people of all ages and it’s wonderful to see her continue to resonate with viewers in her very own headlining series.”
She concluded, “I want to recognize the fantastic work done by our creative team, led by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau, the incredible cast led by Rosario Dawson, and our talented crew — and on behalf of the team and all of Lucasfilm, we give our thanks to all the fans who have been with Ahsoka on every step of her journey and to all those who are just learning about her now in Ahsoka on Disney+.”
YouTuber WDW Pro reacted to this in a recent video uploaded and called The Walt Disney Company out saying, “Perhaps this will catch the ire of investors now. Disney has done something more severe. And that is that at the same time that we’ve had all this arguing over ratings and how writers and actors are going to know the ratings for shows and be benefited based on that and how advertisers are going to know the ratings for shows so they can pay the right amounts and not be deceived and not be paying incorrect values for shows that are popular or unpopular.”
“Disney is out there giving us information that does not line up with anything else we’re hearing. Samba TV, I give you a gold star on this. You got it right. And unfortunately, Disney probably knew that as they were maligning what you said. And that is a bad, bad mouse,” he declared.
What do you make of these week two ratings for Ahsoka?