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The Umbrella Academy has quietly become Netflix’s biggest show right now

Published: 8/Sep/2020 4:07 Updated: 8/Sep/2020 4:29

by Isaac McIntyre


The Umbrella Academy may have flown under the radar during its Netflix debut in 2019, but it can no longer be denied after an explosive, time-warping second season ⁠— the quirky superhero series has now been solidified as one of the streaming giant’s biggest breakout hits.

The tongue-in-cheek superhero romp, adapted from a comic series of the same name by Gerard Way, first debuted on Netflix in August last year. The opening season was fairly well-received, but failed to truly set the online world alight.

The show’s second season failed to follow suit, in the best way possible. After the (spoilers!) apocalyptic end to the first season, Umbrella Academy’s sophomore showing promised to be bigger, bolder, and even zanier than the first. And, in time, the Netflix adaptation delivered in spades.

It wasn’t just on-screen that it delivered either. The Umbrella Academy has kept Netflix on top for another year, with monster-sized viewing numbers.

When you think of super-sized streaming hits, older shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Shameless spring to mind. In the latest Nielsen’s Top Streaming Shows in the US list, however, The Umbrella Academy handily beat them all.

The Umbrella Academy turned the dial up to 11 in its sophomore season.
The Umbrella Academy turned the dial up to 11 in its sophomore season.

The list, focusing a month back on the week of August 3-9, revealed the top ten shows being watched on streaming services across the US. Big hitters like Grey’s Anatomy (918m), The Office (897m), and Supernatural (315m) all appeared.

It was The Umbrella Academy that cleared the Top 10 pack, clocking up a whopping 3.01 billion minutes viewed across its opening week. To compare, Grey’s Anatomy in second had a huge 1.13 billion minutes ⁠— still 1.88 billion less.

The Umbrella Academy’s first and second seasons were watched more than the next three on the list combined. Here’s the full Nielsen list breakdown:

The Umbrella Academy leads Nielsen’s Top Streaming Shows

  • The Umbrella Academy, 3.01 billion
  • Shameless, 1.13 billion
  • Grey’s Anatomy, 918 million
  • The Office, 897 million
  • Criminal Minds, 697 million
  • NCIS, 524 million
  • In the Dark, 418 million
  • Dexter, 316 million
  • Supernatural, 315 million
  • Parks and Recreation, 304 million

In house, The Umbrella Academy is following in the footsteps of a number of other Netflix shows too. Last year Stranger Things led the list on release, and the debut season of fantasy epic The Witcher trailed close behind in second.

Netflix's Umbrella Academy has been picking up steam since its shocking Season 1 finale.
Netflix’s Umbrella Academy has been picking up steam since its shocking Season 1 finale.

Unfortunately, Netflix has yet to lock in a third season for the smash-hit superhero series, despite its huge record. Season 3 does seem inevitable though, especially considering there is so much still to learn about the Hargreeves kids.

Netflix usually has an 18-month turnaround on follow-up seasons so Umbrella Academy fans can expect Season 3 to have an early 2022 release date. This may be a little off due to all the 2020 shutdowns, however. We’ll keep you posted.

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Netflix viewers outraged over monthly price increase

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:10

by Nate Searl


The price of a Netflix subscription in the United States is going up… Again. As you might expect, people are upset over the decision that will see them paying more to see their favorite shows.

Netflix did it again: they raised the monthly subscription cost in the United States. Once upon a time, viewers only had to pay $10 per month to watch their favorite shows and movies on the platform, but not after several increases in price.

Reports suggested that there might be another increase, and now, a subscription will cost $14 per month, $1 more than before, and a premium subscription will cost $18 per month. Naturally, this move is drawing a lot of criticism from viewers.

Fans outraged over Netflix subscription price increase

Netflix is the most popular streaming platform, and is estimated to bring in $18.5 billion in 2020 alone. This has led fans to question why they are hiking up the price even further and their official Twitter account is getting bombarded by angry fans. They claim the price increase will help bring more content to the platform for its viewers.

@Dannyis1337 points out that multiple other streaming services are cheaper, which is true. You can currently get ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, and Hulu all for $12.99 per month.

Another tweet calls Netflix out for not being able to compete, and claims they are cancelling their subscription. This is likely due to the service claiming that they are hiking up the price to provide more content.

Netflix stock surges

Despite the outrage from many fans, Netflix stock shot up by over 4% following the announcement, according to CNBC Now. This increase suggests that the platform will continue performing well, and fans won’t actually cancel their subscriptions.

There are plenty of fans claiming they are going to cancel their sub over the price increase, but whether anyone will actually do it or not remains to be seen.

Hiking up the price hasn’t hurt Netflix much in the past, even with subscribers getting upset over it. It remains one of the top streaming services worldwide, and there will be plenty of viewers that won’t have any problems paying the extra dollar each month for their favorite shows.