According to Comicbook.com, recent data has shown that The Mandalorian is already in higher demand than Stranger Things was in season 2, an impressive feat given that The Mandalorian is a series still in its infancy, with only a couple of episodes under its belt, while by the time the 2nd season of Stranger Things hit it was already a pop culture phenomenon and one of Netflix’s flagship shows. The news was pulled from statistics Comicbook.com gathered from Parrot Analytics on Forbes, which revealed that the demand for The Mandalorian is 69.8% higher than the demand was for Stranger Things season 2 during the time it came out. Interest for The Mandalorian is also 72.3% higher than series 11 of Doctor Who, 175% higher than Westworld in its season 2 debut, and 298% higher than the season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, numbers that are sure to keep the mouse happy.
The Mandalorian may be the only original series that’s come out on Disney+ so far, but it’s already taken the galaxy by storm. Comicbook.com has reported that each new episode trends on social media, leaving greedy fans wanting more every Friday, which might be in large part due to the fact that the entire series isn’t uploaded on to the streaming service for fans to consume in one weekend. The inability to binge watch the show, a model that Netflix has popularized so much that many fans have become conditioned to view shows in that format, cultivates theories and speculation around The Mandalorian that may add anticipation for the next episode, whereas Netflix’s normal binge model might limit the discussions that can be fostered by its shows. Not to mention, The Mandalorian is Star Wars’ first live action TV series, and the Star Wars brand has spent decades being a lucrative franchise with a fanbase that’s almost married to it. Nevertheless, The Mandalorian surpassing the popularity of Stranger Things, even just for a season, is a feat not to be taken lightly, and might only be foreshadowing for the monster the Star Wars series will become going forward.