As controversial and critical as the reception of Iron Fist has been with critics, it has struck a cord with its audience. Generally, the last Defender received some positive buzz, currently sitting at an 81% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes (compared ta 17% critic score), which seems to have helped the show when it comes to its viewership on Netflix. A new report from 7Park Data suggests Iron Fist was the most binged premiere for a drama show on Netflix, beating out other, more critically acclaimed Marvel shows such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as well as other hits such as Stranger Things. Iron Fist has a “binge score” of 54.7%, meaning that 54.7% of streams on the day of the show’s release were of episode three or higher. This is quite an increase when compared to the average hour-long show score of 46.9%.
This data comes from the research firm 7Park Data, and as such doesn’t offer a complete picture of what the actual viewership was, as Netflix is quite tight-lipped on their viewer numbers. As a subscription-based service, Netflix also treats these numbers much differently than a traditional TV network would, factoring other variables in when deciding whether or not to renew a show.
Iron Fist also accounted for a whopping 14.6% of all Netflix streams on March 17th, the day it premiered. Once again, this number beats the other Marvel Netflix shows, with Daredevil‘s second season at 13.8% and Luke Cage at 12.8%. It even topped the summer’s surprise hit *Stranger Things, which had the shockingly low score of 4.0% (this is likely because the show became popular after it had premiered due to excellent word of mouth).
Naturally, this data does not truly paint the complete picture of the show’s ratings. Data analysis by Parrot Analytics paint a different, yet still positive, picture. Using streaming videos, P2P-Sharing, and social chatter; while excluding negative chatter, they came to the conclusion that the show’s ratings were just behind Luke Cage‘s during their respective releases. This highlights that data can change depending on the analysis used. Still, it appears that despite negative critical reviews, Iron Fist was more popular than many might guess, and a second season might be more likely than some think.