Chucky Show had one of the most watched new TV show premieres of 2021
The Chucky series has one of the most-watched premieres of 2021, with the USA / SYFY show drawing over four million viewers in its first week.
The premiere of USA Network and SYFY’s Chucky is now one of the premieres of the most watched new TV series of the year. Created and written by franchise creator Don Mancini, Chucky follows 14-year-old Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur), who retrieves the twisted Good Guy doll from a yard sale. When a series of murders occurs, the community is plunged into chaos. The series picks up some time after the events of Cult of Chucky (2017), and it maintains the events of the ensemble Child’s play franchise – which spawned six sequels – as a canon. Promotional material for the show also hinted that Chucky will address the legend of Charles Lee Ray, who is rampant in the town of Hackensack.
Mancini was notoriously absent from the 2019 Child’s play reboot, but the creator is back in force for the new series. He is credited as a writer for all ten episodes (alongside Kim Garland, who contributed eight of them) and directed the first episode. Brad Dourif, who also stepped out of the reboot, returns once again to voice the Killer Doll, a performance he premiered in the 1988s. Child’s play and resumed in the suites. Dourif’s daughter Fiona will reprise her role as Nica Pierce, with the return of franchise veterans Alex Vincent, Christine Elise and Jennifer Tilly. Alyvia Alyn Lind, Björgvin Arnarson, Teo Briones, Lexa Doig, Devon Sawa and Barbara Alyn Wood join newcomer Arthur.
Chucky had one of the most watched series premieres among new shows this year, The Envelope confirmed. 4.4 viewers watched the highly anticipated premiere in its first week, which debuted on October 12. Perhaps the huge turnout is due to a dedicated fan base combined with a younger fan base. Of the millions who settled it, 1.1 million were in the 18-49 age group. Viewers were able to catch the premiere on USA, SYFY and each network’s YouTube channel.
Development on Chucky was first announced in 2019 when SYFY secured the rights to the series. Mancini was asked to write and produce the project alongside David Kirschner and Nick Antosca. Mancini started working on the series before the Child’s play reboot was released in 2019, a film that did not receive the creator’s seal of approval. With the series, Mancini was able to reclaim the original character and develop his continuity. After briefly moving from SYFY to the United States, Universal Content Productions chose to have Chucky aired on both networks, a move that would ultimately bolster the former’s impressive numbers.
The numbers are a boon for NBCUniversal, the parent company of SYFY and USA. Chucky and other SYFY series, Foreign resident, are the two biggest debuts among new cable series in 2021. Audiences are also on the rise this year among streaming services, some of which have seen new series break viewership records. Nine Perfect Strangers, which premiered in August, premiered Hulu’s most-watched series, and Loki became the most-viewed Disney + premiere in June. Meanwhile, Netflix Squid game recorded over 2 billion minutes watched. It will be difficult to overtake Squid gamemind-boggling numbers, but with good numbers and positive reviews from the start, Chucky is sure to please old fans and newcomers for at least a season.
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Source: The envelope
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