‘Loki’ Season 2 debuts lower in streaming rankings; Takes No. 6 spot on Nielsen charts

'Loki' Season 2 debuts lower in the streaming rankings and takes No. 6 spot among Nielsen charts
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With the last episode scheduled to premiere next week, only time will tell what the future holds for the series’ viewership.

The highly anticipated second season of ‘Loki’ might have been a great addition to the fifth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for this mind-bending storyline and charismatic lead character, who is played by none other than Tom Hiddleston as Loki, also known as the God of Mischief. As time goes by and the season draws close to its finale premiere, the buzz surrounding the show among the fandom might be high. 

But there is no hiding from the fact that the majority of the general audience who streamed the first show might have opted not to return to watch new episodes this time around. The new charts clearly indicate that the new season seems to have faced a slight setback in the streaming rankings. According to Nielsen charts, it debuted at a respectable No. 6 spot as it gathered 446 million minutes of viewing time over its first three days. 

That’s about 39 percent lower than the 731 million minutes of viewing for Loki’s series premiere week in June 2021. These numbers have left fans curious about the reasons behind its lower position compared to its predecessor. It’s important to note that the ratings do not account for audiences outside of the United States. Moreover, Nielsen’s streaming ratings only account for time spent watching content on TV, as they exclude time spent on computers and mobile devices. 

Even though these rankings are a little disappointing, this minor dip in rankings does not diminish the sheer brilliance and the interconnected world of MCU. 

Since its premiere on October 9, 2023, Disney+ revealed that “Ouroboros” had 10.9 million views worldwide in its first three days of release. This was the second most-watched season premiere for the streaming service in 2023, behind the third season of The Mandalorian. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Loki was the most-watched original series across all platforms in the United States during the week of October 15, 2023, during the week of October 22, 2023, and during the week of October 29, 2023.

'Loki' Season 2 debuts lower in the streaming rankings and takes No. 6 spot among Nielsen charts

About Loki Season 2

The second season picks up in the aftermath of the shocking season finale when Loki finds himself in a battle for the soul of the Time Variance Authority. Along with Mobius M. Mobius, Hunter B-15, and a team of new and returning characters, Loki navigates an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous multiverse in search of Sylvie, Judge Renslayer, Miss Minutes, and the truth of what it means to possess free will and glorious purpose.

The penultimate episode, “Science/Fiction,” was released on November 2, 2023. It is directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and written by Eric Martin. In the episode, the viewers get to see that Loki traverses dying timelines in an attempt to find his friends, but reality is not what it seems.

The main cast members of the season are as follows: 

Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie Laufeydottir, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Eugene Cordero as Casey, Rafael Casal as Brad Wolfe/Hunter X-05, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes (voice), Kate Dickie as Dox, Liz Carr as Gamble, Neil Ellice as Hunter D-90, Richard Dixon as Robber Baron, Jonathan Majors as Victor Timely / He Who Remains, Ke Huy Quan as Ouroboros, and Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius. 

In addition to this, the season is produced by Marvel Studios, with Eric Martin serving as head writer and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead leading the directing team.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 84% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 123 reviews. The critical consensus reads, “Loki‘s dizzying, dazzling second season may rely on sleight of hand to distract from its slightly less satisfying storyline, but the end result still contains enough of that old Marvel magic to entertain.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”

The final episode of Loki Season 2 will start streaming next week on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the same time slot of 6 p.m. PT on DisneyPlus.