DC Comics’ latest live-action series continues to reign supreme on Netflix. According to new metrics released by the streaming service on Tuesday, The sand man was its most-watched TV series on the platform for the week of August 15-21, totaling 77.24 million hours during that period. This new number most likely includes viewership for the show’s surprise bonus episode, which dropped on the platform on Friday, August 19. It comes after The sand man has largely topped Netflix’s Top 10 list since its debut earlier this month, even doubling its second-week streaming performance to a whopping 127.5 million hours. While series creator Neil Gaiman hinted that these initial metrics might not guarantee the show a second season, the latest numbers are definitely helping the cause.
The sand man is based on the iconic comic by Gaiman and artists Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Bryan Talbot and Michael Zulli. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend intertwine seamlessly, The sand man follows the people and places touched by Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he mends the cosmic – and human – mistakes he has made in his vast existence.
The series stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, Kirby Howell-Baptise as Death, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, David Thewlis. as John Dee, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt as the voice of Raven Matthew from Dream, and Mason Alexander Park as Desire.
“We just covered the first season, basically, the first 400 or 450 pages,” Gaiman explained in a recent interview with ComicBook.com. “Now we’ve dropped eleven [episodes] of Sand seller and we have 2600 pages to go through. So I don’t look at it as ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to add something else?’ I tend to look at this and think to myself, “We have a long road ahead, with a lot of places we have to stop along the way. How can we get so many 75 numbers Sand sellerof dream huntersof endless nightsthen Sandman: Overture? Everything we’ve done, we’ve done knowing that in many ways the odds are stacked against us finishing the story, but also knowing that if we don’t plan to make it to the end of the history, then we have things that are missing when we have to get there. Which is an incredibly familiar feeling to me, because when I was writing Sand seller, I didn’t know that I was going to be able to go to the end of the story, if DC was going to cancel it, if something happened. So it seems a bit familiar.”
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The first season of The sand man is now available to stream exclusively on Netflix.