The nationally renowned television tracking service Nielsen has begun to publish metrics for Amazon Prime Original Series, providing impressive first week viewership totals for The Boys.
Premiering this past July, the series averaged 4.1 million viewers in the United States across its first ten days available, with the premiere episode alone garnering over 6 million viewers. By the conclusion of its first ten days available to stream, the eight-episode first season had been viewed by over 8 million unique households in the U.S., with its primary audience aged between 35-49. The viewership totals do not include those that streamed the series through a mobile phone or tablet.
Two weeks after its premiere, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke had declared that The Boys had surpassed all of the premium streaming service's expectations for its first two weeks and was the digital platform's most-watched original series. Principal photography is currently underway for its second season, to premiere on Amazon at a later date.
Based on the comic series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys takes place in a world where superheroes are revered as celebrities while each containing their own scandalous behaviors and dark aspects of their personality. To keep them in line, a ragtag group is employed by the government referring to themselves as "the Boys."
The Boys stars Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Jack Quaid as Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, Karen Fukuhara as the Female, Erin Moriarty as Annie January, Chace Crawford as the Deep, Antony Starr as Homelander and Simon Pegg as Hughie's dad. A Season 2 premiere date has not yet been announced.