If Symphony Advanced Media's ratings are to be believed, Netflix's Fuller House was such a massive hit that it outdrew shows like The Walking Dead and Sunday Night Football.
Symphony Advanced Media has been using its own methods to measure viewership on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which refuse to release ratings. Netflix has in the past called Symphony's numbers wildly inaccurate, but in those cases it was in response to numbers that seemed bad, not (as in this case) almost unbelievably good.
If Symphony is right, episodes averaged 14.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 within its first 35 days of its February premiere date on Netflix. That’s the equivalent of a 10.4 rating in the demo, and would make it the top scripted show on TV.
Counting just the first 7 days after the Fuller House launch, the series attracted 10 million viewers in the demo. That puts it just below The Walking Dead, which averaged a 9.6 rating – translating to 12.1 million viewers in the demo.
Fuller House brings back Candace Cameron-Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) to headline the series, with guest appearances from John Stamos, Bob Saget (Danny), Dave Coulier (Joey) and Lori Loughlin (Rebecca).
Making A Murderer also delivered huge numbers -- like 10 million-plus in the demo -- for Netflix. The number of broadcast or cable shows capable of consistently delivering that kind of number is very small.
Netflix has already ordered a second season of Fuller House, although it isn't yet clear when it will go back into production, or when the second season will debut on the streaming service.