Being a fan of a YA-style fantasy shows on Netflix is a dangerous prospect, given that until you rhyme with “Branger Brings” you are likely existing on a knife’s edge, and will probably be cancelled before you can complete your storyline. Fans of Warrior Nun are hoping their show avoids that fate, and they are making a pretty good case for it to stay alive.
Right now, Warrior Nun season 2 has a perfect 100% from critics, albeit that’s only six of them, but more impressively, a 99% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 4,500 reviews at the time of this writing. Getting 4,500 people to agree on anything on the internet is nothing short of a miracle, and as such, this means that Warrior Nun has the most votes totaling the highest audience score of any Netflix show I can find.
I wrote about Netflix audience scores previously when it was Cyberpunk Edgerunners racking up tremendous numbers. But extracting Warrior Nun season 2 out from season 1 (which has a 92% score, giving it a 96% overall), the list now looks like this:
- Warrior Nun Season 2 (100% critics, 99% audience)
- Cyberpunk Edgerunners (100% critics, 98% audience)
- Lennox Hill (100% critics, 98% audience)
- Julie and the Phantoms (93% critics, 98% audience)
- Crash Landing on You (no critics, 98% audience)
- Heartstopper (100% critics, 97% audience)
- Call My Agent (96% critics, 97% audience)
- Making a Murderer (80% critics, 97% audience)
- Arcane (100% critics, 96% audience)
- Teenage Bounty Hunters (94% critics, 96% audience)
- Mindhunter (97% critics, 95% audience)
- The Last Kingdom (91% critics, 95% audience)
Is Warrior Nun season 2 literally the best show on Netflix or are clever fans just making their appreciation known however they can? I mean, it’s part of that, yes, but season 2 really is supposed to be quite good, and if I were Netflix, this is not a fanbase I would shed just because Warrior Nun is not hitting X, Y or Z metrics.
Warrior Nun surfed around the middle/low parts of Netflix’s top 10 list when it arrived, and has since fallen off the list completely. It’s not exactly a stellar performance and other shows have been cancelled after performing far better. Netflix is notorious for cancelling many shows after 1-2 seasons because they view further renewals as not contributing to subscriber acquisition, the main thing they care about.
However, at least to a certain extent, Netflix seems like they’ve been a bit less kill-happy lately. A show like Heartstopper had super high critic and audience scores but didn’t seem like it was getting a lot of viewership, but Netflix greenlit that for two more seasons. Now, fans are hoping they see the light with Warrior Nun for season 3, given the improvements its shown between seasons and the fanbase it’s assembled. The smart thing to do here would be renewal, but it’s anyone’s guess what path Netflix will take.
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