Cobra Kai has become the most-watched program on Netflix just days after its fourth season was released on New Year’s Eve. The comedy-drama series, which serves as a continuation of the Karate Kid franchise, took the top spot on the worldwide Top 10 English TV Shows rankings for the week of December 27, 2021, to January 2, 2022, according to Variety.
The trade publication also reported that audiences clocked in a total of 120.06 million hours in terms of viewership. The program was notably followed by both The Witcher and Emily In Paris, both of which recently debuted their second seasons. Meanwhile, the most-watched movie was Leonardo DiCaprio starring Don’t Look Up, which clocked in a whopping 152.29 million hours.
Cobra Kai first premiered in 2018 and its first and second seasons notably aired on YouTube Red. The series is centered on the exploits of Johnny Lawrence, portrayed by William Zabka, who originally appeared in the original Karate Kid feature. The character eventually becomes involved in an ever-expanding rivalry between his former adversary Daniel LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio, and numerous other figures from the franchise.
Cobra Kai’s cast includes Tanner Buchanan, Jacob Bertrand, and Mary Mouser, among numerous others. The series also has several returning faces from the Karate Kid franchise, including Martin Kove and Thomas Ian Griffith. Cobra Kai became a hit with audiences upon its initial release, and its first season currently holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, Cobra Kai’s fourth season premiered on Netflix this past New Year’s Eve and quickly gained traction with viewers. The new set of episodes was centered on a conflict between the collective students of Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang and the adherents of a co-opted Cobra Kai.
The fourth season of Cobra Kai was met with a positive critical reception and holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Cobra Kai was notably renewed for a fifth season ahead of the premiere of its fourth this past August. However, there has been no announcement regarding a potential release date for the forthcoming set of episodes as of yet.