Netflix’s live-action One Piece adaptation debuted to 18.5 million “views” and 140 million hours viewed over its first four days of release, according to numbers provided by the streaming platform.
That’s enough to top Netflix’s Top 10 streaming chart, pushing down limited series Who Is Erin Carter? One Piece debuted on Aug. 28, just ahead of the long Labor Day weekend in the U.S., and Netflix’s numbers account for that day through Sept. 3.
As for context as to whether that’s actually good or not, it’s a little hard to decipher as streaming platforms have historically been less-than-transparent when it comes to reporting viewership (which has emerged as a key issue in the Hollywood writers’ and actors’ strikes), and Netflix’s own method of reporting numbers changed slightly in June. Netflix now ranks its Top 10 list by “views,” a metric determined by number of hours viewed divided by the total runtime of the film or episode, with the goal of not giving too much of an advantage to movies and TV shows with longer runtimes.
But looking at what we do have, Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop garnered 21.6 million hours viewed over its first four days of release. Again, Netflix only provided total viewing hours at the time, so while not an exact comparison, it still has One Piece looking to be in much better shape.
It’s also, by Netflix’s own numbers, better than other big releases over the last year. The Witcher Season 3, Part 1 garnered 15.2 million views and 73 million hours viewed over its first four days; Arnold Schwarznegger’s Fubar opened to 88 million hours viewed; and Manifest Season 4 debuted to 78 million hours viewed.
Bridgerton spinoff Queen Charlotte, on the other hand, opened to 148 million hours viewed over its first four days, The Night Agent debuted to a whopping 168 million hours viewed, and Outer Banks Season 3 opened to 154 million hours viewed.
So, basically, One Piece’s debut seems solid based on the numbers provided by Netflix, even if falling short of some of its other popular shows. And, as previously noted, it does seem to clock in above Cowboy Bebop, which was canceled three weeks after its debut while being ravaged by fans of the anime.
It also remains to be seen how One Piece could rise or fall over the next couple of weeks, with the first month of availability being a key period over whether or not Netflix renews a series. It has not yet announced its plans for future seasons, although fans are well aware that the manga and anime provide plenty of source material yet to adapt.