YouTube Red received some much needed good news this week. After struggling to produce a ‘hit’ show in the two years since its launch, the SVOD service may have found its first Holy Grail with the “Karate Kid” Sequel, “Cobra Kai.”
The YouTube series came in at No. 1 this week on Parrot Analytics’ US digital originals chart and No. 5 in the overall TV shows chart for the week that ended May 12. Parrot Analytics’ weekly top 10 television charts are based on Demand Expressions, a weighted average standard industry metric that incorporates numerous inputs such as peer-to-peer and streaming content data, fan & critic ratings data, social media data and more to compute the top 10 TV streaming ratings chart, as well as the top 10 for linear television series.
The 10-episode first season of “Cobra Kai” debuted on May 2 on the Google-owned SVOD service, which has already announced that it is renewing the show for a second season. According to YouTube, the first episode of Cobra Kai had 11 million views, three days after it premiered – and by May 14, it had garnered over 26 million views.
The series beat out Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” (which in the prior week was ranked No. 1), “Arrested Development” and “Dear White People.” It also beat out the “The Handmaid’s Tale” from Hulu.