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‘Resident Evil’ is cancelled after season 1 – Liked by the critics, but not the audience

The series "Resident Evil" is cancelled after the first season despite good reviews from critics. Netflix is disappointed in viewership ratings. The first season hit the Netflix top 10 only at the start, and then its ratings steadily declined. And the interest of the viewers is the main criterion for the streaming service.

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Netflix has decided not to air a second season of its Resident Evil action horror series based on the popular video game franchise. This is one of the fastest closings of the show. The first season came out just a month and a half ago.

The series “Resident Evil” could not get to first place in the top 10 on Netflix. It was the number two show at its peak when it debuted. It was watched by 72.7 million hours in its first week. The low numbers were speculated to be due to Stranger Things, which was releasing its new season at the same time.

But there was no success in the second week. “Resident Evil” scored 73.3 million hours watched, finishing in 3rd place. In its third week, the show’s popularity plummeted, and it fell out of the top 10. It became clear that there would be no second season, although the first season received 55% rave reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. This is a very high figure for modern shows. In turn, the audience was dissatisfied. Only 27% of them rated horror positively.

What is Resident Evil about?

The fact that Netflix believed in the success of the project says the star cast of “Resident Evil”. The series starred the so-called young guard: Ella Balinska, Lance Reddick, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, and Adeline Rudolph. Minor roles were played by Ahad Raza Mir, Connor Gosatti and Turlough Convery.

Resident Evil is set in 2036, fourteen years after, a global apocalypse was caused by adeadly virus in the original film series. Young girl Jade Wesker (actress Ella Balinska) fights a zombie army and saves a small handful of human survivors. Soon she finds out that she is directly connected with the Umbrella Corporation, from the laboratory in which the extinction of mankind began.

Another novelty of Netflix – “Sandman” – on the contrary, shows very good ratings. Streaming is expected to renew the show for a second season soon.

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