Entertainment ‘Cobra Kai’ Tops U.S. Streaming Ratings, With Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ And Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Breaking Up Netflix Party
Just How Much Karate Do the Stars of 'Cobra Kai' Actually Know?
(This story originally published on April 24, 2019, and has been republished for the Aug. 28, 2020 transition of "Cobra Kai" Seasons 1 and 2 to Netflix. The series originally streamed on YouTube's paid platform.) Much like Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid," the teens in YouTube's sequel series "Cobra Kai" got pretty damn good at karate pretty damn quickly. But just how much martial arts do the actors know in real-life? We asked five of the key kickers in the generation-spanning franchise that exact question. Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso Macchio told us that his martial arts experience is more one as a servant to the martial arts.
Cobrai Kai, the Karate Kid updateafter its initial run on YouTube Premium, dominated the charts for August 31 to September 6.
The show’s 20 episodes drew nearly 2.2 billion streaming minutes, well ahead of the No. 2 show, Lucifer, which had 1.4 billion.
’s busted into the top 10, the first time since Nielsen added the chart over the summer that a non-Netflix show made the list. The superhero sendup drew 891 million streaming minutes to place third.
Mulan Star Yifei Liu Talks Scoring the Role of a Lifetime: ‘This Is Really a Dream Moment’
The new live-action Mulan is out now on Disney+ RELATED VIDEO: Disney Princess Jumps to Safety As Horse Gets Spooked by Balloon at Magic Kingdom Liu trained for two months to play the warrior princess. "One day I just felt like I couldn't get up," the Disney star says. "Your body's like, 'Give me a break! Just one day.' I went to the beach, took a walk and then quickly got back on track.
, the high-profile live-action remake made available as a $30 premium for subscribers to Disney+, also made the top 10. Released on September 4, it accumulated 525 million minutes of viewing, per Nielsen.
At a two-hour running time, that theoretically could mean as many as 4.4 million purchases of the film, though subscribers who sprang for it could watch it an unlimited number of times, making it hard to pinpoint a transaction number. Disney has not released any viewership information but has said it will share more insights next month during its quarterly earnings call. The film also is headed to general VOD release, dropping to a $7 price point on Disney+ before becoming free to all subscribers on December 4.
Nielsen tracks streaming only in the U.S., so it’s an incomplete picture for global companies like Netflix, Amazon and Disney. But it’s directional data in a sector where numbers are in short supply.
'Cobra Kai' Bows on Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Rankings With 1.4 Billion Minutes Watched in Just 3 Days
"Cobra Kai" made it to the No. 2 slot on Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD rankings for the week of Aug. 24, with 1.4 billion minutes of the former YouTube series watched in its first three days after becoming available on Netflix. The "Karate Kid" sequel series, which launched Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix Aug. 28, was runner-up to "Lucifer," the Tom Ellis-led drama that debuted the first half of its fifth season on the streaming service Aug. 21, in the ratings currency company's rankings, maintaining its first-place position for the second consecutive week.
As far as other notables on the top 10, licensed titles The Office, Criminal Minds, Shameless and Grey’s Anatomy remain steady entries, but the ratio of third-party titles to originals is the lowest it’s been since the Nielsen chart began in August.
Here is the full chart:
, Netflix (20 episodes, 2.171B minutes)
Lucifer, Netflix (75 episodes, 1.415B minutes)
The Boys, Amazon Prime (11 episodes, 891M minutes)
The Office, Netflix (192 episodes, 843M minutes)
Criminal Minds, Netflix (277 episodes, 675M minutes)
Shameless, Netflix (121 episodes, 639M minutes)
Away, Netflix (10 episodes, 631M minutes)
Grey’s Anatomy, Netflix (361 episodes, 616M minutes)
The Legend of Korra, Netflix (52 episodes, 541M minutes)
Mulan, Disney+ (1 episode, 525M minutes)
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