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Why the Viewership for “The Witcher: season 3, part 1” is Drastically Declining

“The Witcher” season 3, Part I, premiered on June 29, 2023. The second part is supposed to be released on July 27. The second season was a huge hit, however, this season’s viewership has declined compared to the last one.

“The Witcher” is a Netflix fantasy adaptation of the book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski and of the computer game by the same name, which was also based on the books. It follows the magically-enhanced monster, Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill. It shows his adventures alongside Yennefer of Vengeberg , Princess Ciri and Jaskier.

Henry Cavill has made an unexpected announcement that he will not be starring in season 4. Instead, he will be replaced by the actor Liam Hemsworth.

Now that “The Witcher” season 3, part I, has been out for a little more than a week, Samba TV statistics have shown that the series' viewership has declined compared to season 2. 1.1 million US households watched the premiere of the season, compared to 1.3 million households that watched the season 2 premiere.

The statistics also show how the audience’s interest declines throughout season 3. Only 893,000 US households played episode 2. The numbers continued to fall as only 750,000 households tuned into episode 3 and 602,000 into episode 4. 505,000 households viewed episode 5, which is less than half of the amount that watched the premiere of season 3.

There are different speculations to why the viewer numbers are dropping. Some think it has to do with Henry Cavill’s departure from the series. After the announcement, “The Witcher” received plenty of backlash from fans. Another thing that people believe is a reason for the declining viewership, is that season 3 is somewhat diverging from its source material.

The eight episodes of season 2, all received over 1 million household views in its first week of streaming. Now we can only wait to see what will happen to the viewership for season 3 part 2 and the upcoming season 4.

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