Streaming Observer partnered with Mindnet Analytics to survey 602 random US Netflix subscribers to see how they felt about the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Over 12% of the respondents said they “may cancel Netflix and get Disney+”, and another 2.2% said they “will definitely cancel Netflix.” That is more than 14% of current U.S. Netflix subscribers, which the survey says represents about 8.7 million people, and a possible $116.9 million /month revenue loss for Netflix. 20% of the survey respondents said they plan on subscribing to both services, and 40% said they had no interest in Disney +.
Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman confirmed to Variety that his planned spinoff series will not be going ahead. He was one of five writers working on spinoffs set in the Game of Thrones universe (see “HBO Orders Pilot for First 'Game of Thrones' Spinoff”).
The second episode of the current Game of Thrones season saw a ratings slip, but is still a huge posting, and the live+7 ratings for the season premiere are massive, The Hollywood Reporter reported. Initial Nielsen figures show 10.29 million people watched the Sunday night initial airing of Episode 2, the fourth-largest initial audience for the show. This is down 12.5 percent from the premiere’s 11.76 million same-day viewership. With streaming and replays, the number grew to 15.9 million for the show, only down 9% from the record 17.4 million viewers for the first-night season premiere (see “'Swamp Thing' Teaser, Season Shortened; 'Umbrella Academy,' 'Game of Thrones' Ratings"). Meanwhile, 27,7 million people saw the season premiere in the first week after all replays and streaming views were counted.
EPIX released another teaser for Pennyworth, its DC origin story for Alfred Pennyworth, a former SAS soldier who goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father, in 1960s London. The 10-episode series premieres on July 28.Variety is reporting. The series hails from Kevin and Dan Hageman, and the show will be overseen by Ramsey Naito, EVP of animation production and development at Nickelodeon. This is the second of two animated shows Alex Kurtzman teased at the beginning of the year, the other being the more adult-oriented Star Trek: Lower Decks (see “Luke Wilson in 'Stargirl,' More 'Star Trek,' 'GoT' Prequel Director and Cast, 'Polar' Trailer, HBO Drops 'GoT' and 'Watchmen' Footage, 'Mercy Sparx' in Development”). Variety reports. The series will be produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.