We have some bad news regarding the fate of Netflix’s Sapphic vampire series first kill last night. The series will not continue on the streaming service. Netflix canceled the show after just one season.
Netflix hasn’t provided much information as to why they canceled the show, which isn’t unusual as most of the time we don’t get a detailed account of why a show was cancelled.
All we can really do is guess, although there are some clues as to what happened. Was it the low viewership that killed the show? Maybe a bad critical score? We’ll get into that below.
Did First Kill’s viewership lead to its cancellation?
Despite pretty impressive viewership over the first 28 days totaling 97.66 million hours according to What’s On Netflix, first kill was still cancelled. The comparable series heart stopper had far less, but was renewed anyway. That said, keep that in mind heart stopper had a much shorter lifespan.
Forbes wrote an article comparing the two series and viewership:
“Heartstopper may have a longer lag in viewed hours behind the top 10 data, and these numbers may be out of date. But with Netflix’s inaccessible metrics, it’s hard to know for sure.”
In short, it’s very difficult to compare numbers because so much of it isn’t accessible to us beyond the first 28 days. While first kill got good numbers, it just didn’t seem like enough to justify Netflix keeping it.
Sources have told Deadline, however, that despite the viewership numbers first kill “didn’t have the staying power of most Netflix hits and still didn’t hit the viewing and episode completion thresholds.” That’s a pretty vague statement, and it’s still hard to pinpoint exactly what that means.
We also have to keep in mind that Netflix is trying to slash costs and cut spending in the wake of falling stock prices and significant subscriber loss, so we’ll likely see more hard cancellations in the near future.
Why was First Kill canceled but Heartstopper extended?
Many fans are disappointed about this heart stopper was renewed, but first kill was canceled. That’s not to say anything bad heart stopper, a very charming show that certainly deserves its renewal. But why did it become two seasons when first kill couldn’t even get one?
The Forbes article mentioned above explored this conundrum a little and found that it was the case heart stopper might have had a more elaborate plan while first kill has only a single short story as source material.
There may also have been household problems. first kill didn’t seem to have a significant budget, but it had more CGI and VFX than heart stopperwhich would have increased production costs.
heart stopper also had much better critical ratings, but both shows had high viewer ratings and Netflix has shown no problem renewing series or ordering sequels for critically planned films (see The gray man).
Could another network or streamer save First Kill?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely that first kill stored by another network or streaming service. Netflix shows are very rarely picked up by other outlets. One of the few examples is One day at a time and that was a short lived resurgence.
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