The Defenders, which was released in its entirety in August, is Netflix’s third most binged-watched series to date. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Marvel series is third on the streaming service’s list of original shows watched in their entirety within the first 24 hours of release. Marvel’s latest series was beaten only by Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Surprisingly, Marvel TV’s other series didn’t break the top 20.
This news comes in spite of a recent report that The Defenders is the least-watched Marvel series on Netflix. The eight-episode miniseries — which saw Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist unite on-screen for the first time — was said to have received just 17% of the viewership that Daredevil Season 2 opened to in its first thirty days. According to the earlier report, the series also had the largest week-over-week drop in terms of viewers, declining by 67%, 48% and 41% over the first few weeks.
Nonetheless, the full season of The Defenders was watched in less than 24 hours by a lot of people, which may have been helped by it having five less episodes than the other Marvel Netflix series. Marvel Television will hope to replicate this success with its upcoming Netflix series The Punisher, which sees Jon Bernthal reprise his role from Daredevil Season 2.
Available now on Netflix, The Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.
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