After many years of trying to find a new Disney+ Original series that wasn’t Marvel or Star Wars-related and could attract large numbers of viewers, it looks like “Percy Jackson And The Olympians” is making big enough waves to be the next big franchise for the streaming service.
Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” follows Percy Jackson on a dangerous quest. Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus’ master bolt and stop an all-out war.
After losing his mother, Percy is sheltered at Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for demigod children. He must prove himself and confront his origins once he discovers he too is a demigod, and will take off into the perils of pursuing enemies in search of the Underworld. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, if he’ll ever see his mother again, and if he can ever find out who he’s destined to be.
Deadline has revealed that the first episode of the show has now been watched over 26.5 million times over the first three weeks of release on Disney+ and Hulu. This is over double the viewership of the first week of release, indicating that the initial viewing numbers of any new release don’t always tell the full story of success or failure.
It has also been revealed that the previous five episodes have all been watched 10 million times in the first week of release, and it’s expected that viewership will decline on further episodes, as this is common with all shows.
The Nielsen streaming numbers haven’t yet been revealed for the show’s debut, which is when we can compare the US viewing numbers against other streaming services to see how it compares.
The series stars Walker Scobell (Percy Jackson), Leah Sava Jeffries (Annabeth Chase), and Aryan Simhadri (Grover Underwood). The show has been created by Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is executive produced by Steinberg and Dan Shotz alongside Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Bert Salke, The Gotham Group’s Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg, James Bobin, Jim Rowe, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson.
The first six episodes of “Percy Jackson And The Olympians” are available to stream on Disney+ now, with a new episode being released each Tuesday evening in January.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.