Following reports that the premiere of Ahsoka on Disney+ suffered from poor streaming numbers, the Mouse has come out with a celebratory message.
Over on StarWars.com, it was confirmed that the debut episode of Ahsoka drew 14 million views, making the series number one globally on Disney+. While those are certainly impressive numbers, it's hard to gauge where Ahsoka ranks compared to other Star Wars series on the platform since we don't have those numbers.
Regardless, the 14 million viewers should help silence the detractors who were ready to write-off the latest spin-off as another Star Wars failure.
It was previously reported by Samba TV that only 1.2 million U.S. households tuned in for the first episode. That number was down quite a bit from the 2.4 million for Obi-Wan Kenobi and the 1.7 million for The Mandalorian Season 3. While many were quick to run with the narrative that interest in Star Wars is declining, Samba TV probably isn't a truly accurate measurement of how popular a show is as it only polls a percentage of U.S. houses, meaning it doesn't account for the entirety of the United States or international audiences.
The announcement of Ahsoka's success comes as the newest episode of the series dropped today.
Season 1 of Ahsoka has received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. It currently sits at an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 76% Audience Score. The critics consensus praises Rosario Dawson's strong performance as well as a "solid story that balances new and old elements of the Star Wars saga."
Ahsoka serves as a continuation of Star Wars Rebels and features plenty of references to the CG-animated series. And while those who watched the animated series will have a deeper appreciation for what is shown in Ahsoka, you don't necessarily need to watch it to understand the story.