Netflix: How Cobra Kai Became One of the Most-Watched Shows in America

The American action comedy-drama web series, Cobra Kai, has recently drawn a lot of attention. It is based on The Karate Kid film and introduces its audience to the world of Karate in an episodic format. It is set more than three decades after the conclusion of the Karate Kid movie series. Season 1 of the show was released in 2018, which was followed by season 2 in 2019.

There is no doubt anymore about the effect of Netflix on the entertainment industry. Even though international competition is increasing for it, the company has been able to remain pre-eminent. The streaming site did well the last few months as it added over 10 million subscribers. The latest addition to its impressive catalogue of movies and Tv shows is Cobra Kai, which has surprisingly become the most popular show on the site as of now.

The show was initially released on YouTube Red (now called YouTube Premium) in 2018 and remained there for two seasons. But YouTube later concluded that the Original shows were not its strong point or priority. Netflix saw the show’s potential and ended up buying the entire series instead of just buying streaming rights. The company rebranded the show and is planning to release season 3 in 2021.

The cast of Cobra Kai has been retained, and the show has stars like William Zabka and Ralph Macchio. The series is well received by both critics and fans as it has an impressive critic’s score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience score stands at 96%. Netflix has been very successful in giving shows that are under watched a platform. They often pick a show that is struggling to draw attention in proportion to its quality and rebrand it after acquiring them. With the right platform, the show ends up surprising its critics and proving its worth, while Netflix adds new subscribers and gets millions of views.

One of the best examples of this is You, which did well after Netflix acquired it. Lucifer also comes to mind. The show was about to be canceled on FOX when the company acquired it, and it became a massive hit on the platform. Usually, Netflix is able to pull off such hits just by acquiring the streaming rights, but it does not shy away from purchasing the entire series if it thinks that the show has the potential to be a hit. The company has bought shows like Riverdale, Waco, and All American.

With each episode only around 30 minutes long, Cobra Kai is entertaining as well as less time-consuming. Each of its two seasons has just ten episodes, so the entire seasons can be binge-watched at once. Cobra Kai was never as famous as it is now; there is no doubt that the credit for this goes to Netflix. The show is currently the most popular; it remains to be seen how long it will retain its position with shows like the Umbrella Academy, Lucifer, and Million Dollar Beach House competing for the top spot. Netflix continues to do a remarkable job of recognizing and acquiring less-known shows that have the potential to do well on its platform, this is one of the many reasons for its supremacy in the streaming business.

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