Are you watching Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? It’s undeniably famous. According to Nielsen, the first episode of the show drew 495 million minutes of air time in its first week, making it the most-watched series opener ever on the network.
The first episode of the show received 495 million minutes of viewing time between March 15 and March 21, according to Nielsen (via Entertainment Weekly). In contrast, WandaVision, the service’s other new Marvel series, received 434 million minutes in the first week—despite the fact that its episodes are shorter. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier both outperformed The Mandalorian’s season premieres.
According to Engadget, the only original film that outperformed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia. It received 540 million minutes of viewing time in the same week, despite the fact that Netflix has 200 million viewers, which is roughly double that of Disney+, and the entire season of the comedy-drama was launched all at once, rather than monthly.
If its service library expands, Disney+ is likely to add more subscribers: The Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki is on the way; Hayden Christensen is reprising his role as Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi film; and a sequel series to the 1980s fantasy hit Willow, starring Ron Howard and Warwick Davis, is in the works.
Disney+’s subscription fee has just jumped, but it seems that the additional $1 a month hasn’t turned customers off. The Disney kit, which includes Disney+, ESPN+, and the ad-supported version of Hulu, has increased to $13.99 a month, while the option that includes the ad-free version of Hulu has increased to $19.99 per month.