Netflix's Marvel shows didn't drum up the same kind of hurried excitement in this last round of releases as they did earlier in their runs, as evidenced by the 40% drop in viewership over the first weekend for The Punisher Season 2. While 40% sounds bad, it's actually quite a bit better than how the show's sister series fared. Reports show that Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil all dropped over 60% with the release of their most recent seasons.
According to Business Insider, The Punisher's ratings drop was only 40% between Season 1 and Season 2, compared to over 60% for the three shows that were canceled: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. This could be good news for fans, as Netflix hasn't technically canceled The Punisher yet. However, a cancellation is still expected by most; its 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes certainly doesn't help matters.
The fact that the shows' releases were initially spaced much further apart on release could factor into this drop in viewership, as some viewers struggled to keep up. Early on, Netflix released only a couple seasons a year -- two in 2015 and two in 2016 -- giving people plenty of time to stay up to date. In 2017, however, the streaming giant released two more seasons and The Defenders miniseries. Following this, ratings dropped across the board. From there, 2018 arrived and four more seasons hit, with The Punisher Season 2 dropping just weeks into 2019. In total, Marvel Netflix released five seasons in a matter of 10 months.
The second season of The Punisher hit Netflix on January 18th and marks the 13th season of the streaming service's Marvel content to date. There is still at least one more coming in the form of Jessica Jones Season 3, for which there is still no release date set.
The Punisher Season 2 stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix. Both seasons of the show, along with all its sister series, are now streaming on Netflix.