Star Trek: Strange New Worlds wrapped up its freshman season last month to high praise here at TrekMovie, along with a lot of positive buzz from critics and fans. So it should be no surprise to hear that the show is also a big hit for Paramount+.
Strange New Hit
Today Paramount+ sent out an announcement revealing that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds had the strongest debut ever for a Star Trek series, setting a new record as the most-watched original series in the franchise over its first 90 days. The series is also off to a strong start internationally, ranking as one the top two most-watched original series on Paramount+ in the U.K.
Paramount executives showed their enthusiasm for the show in an official statement released today, starting off with the chief of programming for Paramount+ Tanya Giles:
‘Star Trek’ fans all over the world embraced this incredible new ‘Star Trek’ journey. We are thrilled that the ‘Star Trek’ universe continues to be one of the most-watched franchises on the service.
Last week the company announced Paramount+ had grown to 43 million subscribers globally, with the most sign-up for any US subscription service during the second quarter of 2022. In a call with investors last week, Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish cited Trek among the drivers for Paramount+, saying:
The power and strength of our franchises, existing and new, was on full display this quarter, thanks to strong performances from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, 1883 of the Yellowstone Universe and our latest South Park special, South Park: the Streaming Wars as well as Halo, which has become a top driver globally for subscriber acquisition and engagement.
Franchise “Just getting started”
In today’s release, president and CEO of CBS George Cheeks offered more praise, along with a hint of more to come for the franchise, saying:
Over the past six years, Alex Kurtzman and his amazing team have brilliantly created and carefully curated a new ‘Star Trek’ universe for Paramount+ with five complementary series – each different in tone, style, story and in some cases target audience. Each series is a success in its own right, and now the franchise’s newest edition, Strange New Worlds, is earning critical acclaim and delivering notable performance achievements on the service, both domestically and internationally. We look forward to the franchise’s continuing journey on Paramount+ here in the U.S. and globally, where in the case of Strange New Worlds, we’re just getting started.”
The second season of Strange New Worlds has already been filmed and is expected to debut in 2023. There is no official word on a pickup for a third season, but with this news, the future of the show seems almost certain. And executive producers for the series have previously indicated some planning on season three has already started.
Strange New Worlds is now available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., U.K., Latin America, Australia, South Korea and the Nordics and airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada. Paramount+ has previously announced the service will launch in Italy in September, followed by launches in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France in December.