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Netflix Says ‘Umbrella Academy’ Has Drawn 45 Million Global Viewers

Superhero fatigue? Not even close.

Netflix’s Umbrella Academy hit the streaming platform this past February to rave reviews for its diverse cast, enticing story, and eye-popping visuals. After having already renewed it for a second season, Netflix announced an even bigger feat reached by the superhero show.

The streaming giant said in its 2019 Q1 earnings report on Tuesday that the series was watched by 45 million member households in its first four weeks of release. In Netflix’s terms, a member account is considered to have “viewed” a title if a user watched at least 70 percent of one episode of a series or 70 percent of a film. 

The series was developed by Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater for Netflix. It is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name, created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The plot centres on a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death, and the threat of an impending apocalypse.

Netflix has also confirmed that showrunner Blackman will return for season 2, as well as cast members Ellen Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five), and Justin Min (Ben).

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