Iron Fist is Netflix's most-binged 2017 premiere so far

Sam Warner
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From Digital Spy

It seems Iron Fist's critical panning has had little effect on fan enthusiasm for the new Marvel series.

The show has already become the most-binged Netflix show of 2017 after figures from 7Park Data (via Variety) showed that 54.7% of everyone streaming Iron Fist on its premiere date of March 17 stuck with the series for three episodes of more – which is above the average for an hour-long Netflix drama, which has a binge score of 46.9%.

Iron Fist also accounted for 14.6% of all streams on Netflix on launch day, so it also came out on top when compared to the percentage of streamers choosing other popular Netflix shows on their launch days too, including the likes of Stranger Things (4%), Marvel's Luke Cage (12.8%), Marvel's Daredevil season two (13.8%) and Orange is the New Black season four.

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"The relationship between critic reviews and mass appeal has always been a complicated one," 7Park Data senior analyst Christopher Coby said.

"Consider the '70s, '80s, '90s and the long list of shows with top audience numbers but few Golden Globes or Emmys to show for it.

"The actual streams data tells us that what critics consider the best shows and what streaming viewers consider the best are sometimes two very different things. Marvel's Iron Fist is a case in point."

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Star Finn Jones, who has faced his share of criticism for being cast in the lead role ahead of an Asian star, previously argued that it is a show for "the fans".

"I think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see," he said.

"I think it's a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other Defenders' shows without a doubt."

Marvel's Iron Fist is streaming now on Netflix.

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