Netflix has officially removed one of its biggest and most ambitious titles of 2022 with 1899 now confirming that it won’t be returning for a second season. Because it was 1899 cancelled, what has been the reaction and what have the cast and crew said about its cancellation? We’ve got you covered.
To quickly bring you up to date, 1899 It was the great new series from the creators of Netflix DARK (series that came to have three seasons). The ambitious show costs millions per episode to produce and uses cutting-edge new technology to film.
Starring Emily Beecham, Andreas Pietschmann, Aneurin Barnard and Isabella Wei, the show is about the passengers of an immigrant ship who travel to the new continent and are trapped in a mysterious riddle after finding a second ship adrift in the open sea.
The show ended on a monumentally big cliffhanger and was designed to last at least three seasons, but as you may have realized by now, that’s not happening.
when and why was it 1899 cancelled?
Baran bo Odar first broke the news on December 2, 2022, in a statement on Instagram what does it say:
“It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed. We would have loved to end this incredible journey with a second and third season like we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. This is life. We know this will disappoint millions of fans. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this wonderful adventure.
We love you. Never forget.
Bo and Jantje”
Why Netflix canceled 1899 comes down to their internal way of measuring a show’s success. As we’ve covered before, Netflix looks at shock value, efficiency score, and adjusted viewing rate to decide whether to give the show new seasons.
Given the budget of 1899It must not have met internal expectations to justify another expensive season.
How well did 1899 do on Netflix?
What do the numbers say? Why 1899 be cancelled?
Our first port of call is Netflix itself. Since 2021, they have posted weekly viewership numbers that reveal how many hours They were seen worldwide.
The show was in the top 10 for five weeks between November 13 and December 18, with a total of 257.16 million hours watched.
|week period||Hours seen (M)||Range||Week in the Top 10|
|November 13, 2022 to November 20, 2022||79,270,000||2||1|
|November 20, 2022 to November 27, 2022||87,890,000 (+11%)||2||2|
|November 27, 2022 to December 4, 2022||44,620,000 (-49%)||2||3|
|December 4, 2022 to December 11, 2022||27,530,000 (-38%)||4||4|
|December 11, 2022 to December 18, 2022||17,850,000 (-35%)||7||5|
Data from Nielsen, which tracks viewing minutes in the United States, suggests the show had a relatively strong debut there, though more data is to come. The two main shows that topped 1899 were Wednesday Y dead to me.
Here’s his viewing data so far:
|Week||Position in the list of originals||Minutes||Hours|
|November 14-20||#4||925M||15.41 million|
|November 21-27||#3||1,109M||18.48 million|
Let’s move on to the top 10 raw data tracked by a friend from What’s on Netflix, Flix Patrol.
Like a couple of other sources here, their data suggests that the show had real staying power during its first month, being the #1 show between the 11th and 19th. spots in the top 10 in Europe and the Middle East.
What about external numbers? Well, they look great too.
TelevisionStats.com reports that the series was on his top 5 shows list for a solid month before it started to slide. They collect data using various sources, including Wikipedia, Google Search, Twitter, Reddit, and IMDb.
The show ranks particularly strong on Google Search and IMDb based on its metrics.
So based on all of this data, everything looks pretty solid, or at least there aren’t any big red flags or big dips that would normally signal a write-off.
Could completion rates be to blame for job cancellation? 1899?
While the show ran for many hours, the endings were likely the cause of the cancellation here.
We’ve covered how Netflix likes to have high completion rates with a Netflix executive confirming to Vulture“It’s great to know when they [Netflix users] because that’s often a sign that they’ve loved every minute of it.”
Two sources suggest that completions for 1899 averaged much lower than other Netflix shows.
Digital i, a UK-based SVOD data analytics company, suggests that the show had a big dip between episodes 1 and 2 and suggests that people left the show early on.
Using their preliminary panel data (they claim they’ll have final numbers on January 6) from the UK and all of Europe, their results suggest that only around 32% of people made it to the final episode.
Observations of the digital i suggest that the struggle to beat a 50% completion rate will ultimately have a hard time renewing itself.
Frederic Durand, a contributor to What’s on Netflix, also reviewed TVTime data (which requires users to enter if they watched to the end manually) to see how the show stacks up against other Netflix Originals. It suggests a similar story of fewer people making it to the end.
Titles marked in red are canceled Netflix Originals, while those in green are renewed.
There you have it, all the data we have so far on 1899. Are you sad to see the show cancelled? Let us know in the comments below.