The Addams Family’s value.
The Addams Family spin-off Wednesday has already broken Netflix records with the most hours viewed in a single week of any Netflix TV show ever.
The hit TV show starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams has already racked up a massive 341.2 million hours viewed, despite the fact that it only debuted last week.
“Being an outcast has never been more IN as Wednesday, the supernatural infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams' years at Nevermore Academy, debuted in the #1 spot with a record-breaking 341.2M hours viewed,” confirmed Netflix in a statement.
If that number wasn’t already impressive enough, it looks as though Wednesday even managed to topple Stranger Things for the top spot.
“The series now holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an English-language TV series on Netflix. Starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday with an impressive cast of characters and directed and executive produced by Tim Burton, with showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the series was #1 in 83 countries – tied with Stranger Things 4.”
Stranger Things recently broke the overall viewership record, massing a colossal 1.15 billion hours in its first 28 days on the service.
Whether or not Wednesday can top that impressive figure remains to be seen.
That said, it’s off to a great start – the show’s debut week is already pulling in record numbers, and with an impressive central performance, it looks as though this show could have legs.
“Ortega’s ability to act with her eyes and the choice to save the few emotional moments for when they really matter make Wednesday an effective lead,” said IGN’s Amelia Emberwing.
Wednesday – First Look at Jenna Ortega in the Addams Family Spinoff
In fact, IGN’s review of Wednesday Season 1 gave it 7/10 and said: “Wednesday introduces a whole new generation to the Addams family with creepy and kooky hijinks and an incredible performance from Jenna Ortega. Some tertiary characters struggle from weak writing while more interesting players are kept on the sidelines, but it’s not enough to bog down the series too much.”
It’s creepy, it’s kooky, and its viewing figures are altogether ooky.
Want to read more about Wednesday? Check out why Jenna Ortega didn’t want to rehash Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams as well as our deep dive into the new Addams Family show.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.