‘The Man in the High Castle’ Becomes Amazon’s Most-Streamed Original Series
Variety, 21 December 2015
“The Man in the High Castle” is Amazon’s most-streamed original series, according to the streaming service. Premiering on Nov. 20, the drama’s performance marks the biggest launch month in Amazon Prime’s video history, hitting the milestone just four weeks after “High Castle’s” full-season debut.
The news comes just days after Amazon renewed the series for a second season.
Though Amazon did not release any specific numbers, Monday’s announcement is the first time the company — which, like Netflix, is typically tight-lipped on viewership – has formally mentioned any kind of viewer measurement indicator.
Available in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, “The Man in the High Castle” broke a record previously set by “Bosch,” which Amazon says was formerly the most-streamed show on the service. The cop drama has also been renewed for a second season, which will launch next year.
With Amazon’s newly-released viewership information, it’s of note that the critical darling “Transparent” is not among the service’s top two shows, despite the huge award recognition, social buzz and positive reception, among both viewers and critics.
“We’re very proud of this outstanding series created by Frank Spotnitz, Scott Free and Isa Dick Hackett, which Amazon customers around the world have enthusiastically embraced, and we look forward to the second season,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios. “We hoped that once again bringing together the work of Phillip K. Dick and the vision of Ridley Scott — who brought us the classic film Blade Runner — would help deliver on our promise of creating some of the best television in the world for Prime customers, and we believe that it has.”
Based on the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick of the same name, “The Man in the High Castle” was developed by Frank Spotnitz and is exec produced by Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Isa Dick Hackett. Scott Free Productions is behind the show. Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel de la Fuente and DJ Qualls star.
In addition to “High Castle’s” renewal last week, Amazon also renewed drama “Hand of God,” comedy “Red Oaks” and ordered five new primetime series and three kids’ shows.