Adult Animation Premieres From Disney+ And Netflix Draws Huge Viewership Numbers

Trying to start a streamer and trying to find a way to get viewership! Welp, adult animation is a great place to start in getting those big subscriber viewership numbers you need to not only attract subscribers but also advertisers. Two big series premiered this month on Netflix and Disney+ with more debuts coming even later this week. X-Men ’97 and Blood of Zeus are just a small sample of a number of adult animated series that have dropped this month, but these two brought in the big numbers of which we’re going to go into further detail below, plus glimpse into the future for another big debut which may equally bring in big bucks.

Starting with Disney+, Deadline is reporting that X-Men ’97 has had a monster spring 2024 with the premiere episodes garnering about 4 million views within five days and then the show’s season finale doing just about the same with 3.5 million views in five days. That makes the series the most viewed Marvel animated season finale since Marvel’s What If? season finale.

This is big-time numbers which favors the series’ future as the franchise gets work started not just on the show’s second season, but a third as well. In the meantime, Marvel’s What If? will have a chance to respond with a new immersive experience coming soon to Apple Vision Pro that you can watch a trailer for here.

Big numbers for adult animation isn’t an exclusive insight to Disney+. Netflix’s numbers for Blood of Zeus celebrating it’s second season should help show creators Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides whom want to do five full seasons of the series, see their hopes come to fruition. That’s because during the week of May 13-May 19, Blood of Zeus saw 1.8 million views for the English language version of the series alone, and with a franchise that actually is an international fan favorite, expect even bigger numbers than that to come down the pike.

Netflix isn’t done. The streamer has a big series finale coming in 2025 with Big Mouth season eight, so big in fact that it’s already being ranked on Google searches as the fifth most highly-anticipated series for the streamer which is being awaited by 3.8 million people. For 7 seasons already, this adult cartoon portrays the topics of gender and sexuality in one of the most nuanced and open-minded ways possible with research that was conducted by to identify the most anticipated LGBTQ+ TV shows in 2024. Google Keyword Planner was used to analyze the level of interest in each of the queer-themed TV shows with “Big Mouth” as the only queer adult cartoon making the list of most anticipated queer shows of 2024.

Big Mouth Synopsis:
Big Mouth is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) and Andrew Goldberg (Family Guy) about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty. Comedian John Mulaney (John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid, Saturday Night Live) lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph (Maya & Marty, Bridesmaids), Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Lady Dynamite), Jordan Peele (Keanu, Key and Peele), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Documentary Now!), Jenny Slate (Girls, Lady Dynamite) and Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer) are among those who lend their voice to the series.

Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett are all creators and executive producers on the series. Big Mouth is a Netflix production. Visit Big Mouth on Netflix

X-Men ’97 Synopsis:

XMen ‘97” revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The XMen, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

Blood of Zeus Synopsis:

Following Zeus’ demise, a power vacuum emerges amongst the gods, leaving Heron, Zeus’ demigod son, struggling to find his place. He is racked with loss and hears a mysterious refrain in his dreams, prodding him to save his brother, Seraphim, who is suffering the terrors of the Underworld. Unbeknownst to Heron, Hades is trying to enlist Seraphim to help him secure Zeus’ vacant throne and save his family from their long standing suffering.