August 28, 2023
by Bespin Bulletin

It’s been six days since the eagerly anticipated Star Wars series, Ahsoka, debuted on Disney+, and according to reports, the show isn’t fairing as well as it’s ‘MandoVerse’ counterparts.

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Just before we delve into the numbers of the Ahsoka series, it is important for readers to remember that these numbers are not official as Disney typically does not release numbers for their series or films on Disney+ unless the project in question is doing exceptionally well. There’ll be two ways of spinning a positive for Disney – they’ll use unique viewers, or they’ll turn to minutes watched. In the past Disney have touted Obi-Wan Kenobi as Disney+’s most watched premiere which consisted of two episodes, with most of their series at the time only consisting of one episode premieres, and this figure was based on the number of minutes watched for both episodes and includes repeat viewings. While Kenobi is Disney’s most watched premiere in terms of minutes watched, it’s the first season of Loki which is their most watched premiere in terms of unique viewers which represents an individual watch and not repeat viewings.


It’s very rare that Disney release numbers for their Disney+ projects, so it’s left down to the third party data collectors to give fans some semblance of an idea as to how a series or film has been performing on the streaming service and that’s where outlets such as Samba TV and Plum Research come in and give us a peek behind the curtain pertaining to a projects performance. However it’s worth remembering that these outlets aren’t official and don’t paint the full picture, only Disney know how successful a series is and what the true viewership numbers for said series are. Today we’re using information gathered by Samba TV who are only able to gather information from select devices across the United States and therefore does not represent the globe or even the full representation of US viewership. However the information is still useful and still likely represents how a series is performing, just to a smaller scale and can still be comparable to past shows or movies.

Samba TV are reporting that after six days, the first episode of Ahsoka was watched by 1.2 million US households. This number is smaller than past MandoVerse series such as The Book of Boba Fett which brought in 1.7 million unique viewers after five days, 1.6 million unique viewers for The Mandalorian season three after five days and down significantly from their biggest performer, Obi-Wan Kenobi, which debuted with 2.4 million unique viewers in five days. The numbers listed were all reported by Samba TV, and as you can also see, Ahsoka also had an additional day of tracking when compared to the series mentioned.


Though Samba have not released their data on Andor’s premiere, which debuted with three episodes, Ahsoka’s 1.2 million is reportedly similar to the Diego Luna led series. Plum Research previously shared that Andor was the lowest performing Star Wars live-action series, bringing in 20 million unique viewers over the course of the entire series with The Book of Boba Fett bringing in 30 million and Obi-Wan Kenobi gathering the highest amount of views with 33 million.

Additionally, Deadline, in collaboration with Samba TV, are exclusively reporting that the second episode of Ahsoka, which premiered at the same time as the first episode (August 22nd), clocked in with 956K viewers, a note-able decline from decline from the series opener despite a mostly positive response from both critics and fans, with Ahsoka sitting at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics and with an audience score of 79%.

Ahsoka releases on Tuesdays at 6pm PT exclusively on Disney+.

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