The new Creepshow TV series, executively produced by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and based on the iconic 1982 movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, is a monster hit for Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. The series has set records across the board since its Sept. 26 premiere in terms of viewers, subscriber acquisitions and total minutes streamed. As one someone who has been reviewing each and every episode of the new series, I can’t help but say “I told you so!” But while my 10/10 scores and of course the 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes making it is one of the best-reviewed new shows of 2019 may be subjective, the data that Shudder shared in a press release today isn’t.
Since Creepshow premiered on September 26, 54% of all members on Shudder’s direct-to-consumer platforms have viewed an episode of the series. As new episodes premiere weekly through Halloween, this number will continue to rise. Additionally, episode one had more minutes streamedin its opening weekend (September 26-29) than any title in Shudder’s history, nearly equal to the #2, #3 and #4 titles combined, all of which are feature films with significantly longer runtimes. Even better? The first week of Creepshow set a record for total minutes streamed on the service…a record that has been broken in each of the three weeks since!
As a fan of the platform and the show, it’s also exciting to learn that Creepshow is bringing in record numbers of new Shudder members, so far delivering the 14 best subscriber acquisition days in Shudder history, and 21 of the top 25 days.
“Creepshow is a breakout series that’s hit the trifecta for streaming services: Shudder members love it, critics love it and it’s driving record numbers of new subscribers,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “Greg Nicotero and his team have delivered an amazing show that honors the original movie by George A. Romero and Stephen King while forging an identity that’s uniquely its own.”
The series’ fifth episode, starring Bruce Davison and David Arquette, will premiere this Thursday, October 24. Creepshow’s season finale, featuring horror legend Tom Savini directing an adaptation of Joe Hill’s story “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” will premiere on October 31.
If you havenn’t taken a look at the series just yet, check out the cast and crew filled with horror staples and new ones as well. Creepshow stars David Arquette (Scream franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Tobin Bell (Saw), Big Boi (Scream: The TV Series), Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural) and features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and others.
Shudder’s Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment.
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