You’re the best, Cobrai Kai! It looks like YouTube Red has a bona fide hit on its hands with its Karate Kid sequel series. The streaming video service’s new original series has kicked all its competitors in their proverbial faces, Variety is reporting. Cobra Kai has outperformed original shows on Netflix and Hulu for the week of May 6, including Lost in Space and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Cobrai Kai, which follows The Karate Kid adversaries Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as they take on new students themselves, outperformed Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and Arrested Development, and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And check this out: At its peak on May 7, Cobra Kai garnered more than 54% greater demand than 13 Reasons Why, more than twice the demand for The Handmaid’s Tale, and a whopping 121% more demand than the Netflix original series, Lost in Space.
During the week of May 6, 13 Reasons Why peaked at an average 40.2 million views, compared to 46.9 million for Cobra Kai. Arrested Development averaged 26.8 million expressions (Parrot Analytics, the data from which Variety gets its information, calls views “expressions”). The Handmaid’s Tale averaged 25.1 million expressions.
In May, peak demand for Cobra Kai outperformed the average YouTube Red show since the platform launched in May 2015 — and by a wide margin. Demand for Cobra Kai peaked at more than 51.5 million views, while YouTube Red’s other shows averaged a peak of fewer than five million views. (The next best-performing YouTube Red original, Bad Internet, peaked at fewer than 20 million views.)
So, it’s not surprising that YouTube Red has renewed Cobra Kai for a second season. Sweep the leg!