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‘Shōgun’ Debuts To Promising Global Streaming Viewership Across Disney+ & Hulu

FX’s Shōgun came out of the gate strong with its streaming debut.

According to Disney, the premiere episode of the limited series amassed 9M views globally across Hulu, Disney+ and Star+ in its first six days on these services. Internationally, this makes Shōgun the No. 1 general entertainment series for the company, surpassing The Kardashians Season 1.

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Domestically, Disney says that Shōgun inched ahead of The Bear Season 2 to become the No. 1 FX premiere on its streaming platforms, certainly aided by the fact that FX releases are now also available on Disney+ for Bundle subscribers. The Bear Season 2 didn’t have that luxury.

Disney defines “views” as total stream time divided by runtime, similar to Netflix. The company rarely releases definitive streaming data, which makes Shōgun‘s performance difficult to compare to anything else.

The last time Disney released streaming data, it was for Percy Jackson and the Olympians. That premiere episode managed more than 13M views in six days on Disney+ and Hulu. Similarly, the first episode of Ahsoka took home 14M views in its first week.

The first three episodes of Shōgun are now streaming, and new episodes will debut every Tuesday through April 23. The next episode, “The Eightfold Fence,” will begin streaming March 12.

Shōgun is created for television by Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks, with Marks serving as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michaela Clavell, Edward L. McDonnell, Michael De Luca, and Kondo.

Alongside Cosmo Jarvis who stars as John Blackthorne, the series features an acclaimed Japanese cast— unprecedented for a U.S. production — that includes producer Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko, Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige, Hiroto Kanai as Kashigi Omi, Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari, Moeka Hoshi as Usami Fuji, Tokuma Nishioka as Toda Hiromatsu, Shinnosuke Abe as Buntaro, Yuki Kura as Yoshii Nagakado, Yuka Kouri as Kiku, and Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba no Kata.

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