Let the streaming war commence! The Boys and The Mandalorian both premiered new seasons this year, and it turns out that The Boys season 2 episode 1 was watched by more people on its opening weekend than The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 (again on its opening weekend).
Amazon Prime Video’s irreverent superhero comedy was back with a bang this September, on a weekly release schedule rather than the entire season dropping at once (as season 1 did). It got 7.2% of the streaming share on its opening weekend, according to Reelgood.
Meanwhile, The Mandalorian seasno 2 started on October 30th with a Western-infused episode called "The Marshal", co-starring Timothy Olyphant. Over its first weekend, it netted 5.7% of the streaming share.
That number might seem low compared to The Boys, and it just falls short of another big series too – Stranger Things season 3 grabbed 5.8% of the streaming share across its opening weekend. In comparison, The Queen’s Gambit scored 4.3% on its opening weekend, and when The Mandalorian first premiered back in 2019 in the US, it grabbed 4.4% of the streaming share on that first weekend.
Basically, this means The Boys season 2 had a stronger start than The Mandalorian, which, considering how much of an Internet star Baby Yoda is, might come as a surprise. There are a few factors for why this might be, though, like Disney Plus offering a more niche content slate than Amazon Prime Video, or The Mandalorian returning Halloween weekend when everyone was probably busy marathoning spooky movies.
Whatever the reason is for The Mandalorian season 2 not quite pulling in as many viewers as The Boys and Stranger Things, we don’t doubt that Mando is still going to generate a lot of buzz – especially after that cliff-hanger at the end of the first episode and the upcoming appearance of Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano.