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Solid Lost in Space ratings keep the Robinsons far from Netflix danger

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Apr 24, 2018, 8:26 PM EDT (Updated)

Sure, it may not match the phenomenal ratings of Stranger Things Season 2 or even the premiere of Bright, but the Lost in Space reboot appears to have turned plenty of viewers on to Netflix’s reimagined series revival of the once-campy 1960s classic.

Nielsen ratings for the series’ first three days on the streaming service show (via Variety) that Lost in Space pulled in an initial American viewership of 6.3 million following its April 13 debut — with an average binge time of 2.5 hours. Of that number, 1.2 million had made it all the way through to the end of the final episode before that three-day window had elapsed.

Netflix isn’t in the habit of sharing its own viewership numbers, although the service at times will release snapshots and random fun viewer stats when they serve a promotional purpose. But Nielsen measures Netflix viewership (which tracks only the U.S. audience) via its streaming video on demand content rating method, which scans the audio signal of Nielsen households’ digital stream to determine what people are watching.

Set against those Nielsen-generated ratings for some of Netflix’s biggest original shows, Lost in Space doesn’t quite venture into blockbuster territory. But its initial outing does fit solidly among the lineup of popular original Netflix programs that people show a healthy appetite to binge.

Stranger Things’ second season yielded 15.8 million viewers in its first hours of availability, with 4.6 million finishing all nine episodes in one big three-day bite. And Will Smith’s Bright (a standalone movie) scored 11 million viewers last December during its three-day premiere window.

While Lost in Space hasn’t managed those kind of numbers, it’s miles ahead of The Cloverfield Paradox (another standalone feature), which for all its Super Bowl guerrilla marketing buzz failed to draw even 1 million views on its debut night, and managed just 2.8 million over the course of its first three days online.

With favorable reviews, strong viewership, and a creative team who’s so on board for a second season that they started working on it before Netflix gave them the go-ahead, Season 2 of Lost in Space feels like a foregone conclusion — although, without an official confirmation from Netflix, it isn’t… at least not quite yet.

If you’ve already made it through all ten episodes of the first season, then congratulations: You’re eminently qualified to tell us whether you think the Robinsons deserve a second orbit around the Netflix scroll. Tell us what you thought of Lost in Space’s new take on Irwin Allen’s old-school original in the comments.

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