It’s a relatively lean week for Apple TV+ subscribers this week as the streaming VOD service added just one new episode of comedy series Ted Lasso to its offerings. The preview for episode five of Ted Lasso reads as follows:
“With his wife and son visiting from America, Ted makes drastic changes to the lineup during a critical match.”
Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as an unwitting, buffoonish football coach who heads to the UK to take a job heading up a soccer team. The character was created originally for a 2013 commercial to promote English Premier League games on NBC Sports. However, the Apple TV+ series has made Lasso into a protagonist in his own show, rather than a one-note skit. You can check out Cult of Mac‘s review here.
So far, responses to the series have been generally positive. On Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is 86% based on 42 reviews, while its critical score is 94% from 70 reviews. Using Rotten Tomatoes to predict how big a hit a show or movie is can be difficult. Not everyone who watches a show on Apple TV+ is going to rate or review it online. However, comparing the number of audience reviews to other Apple TV+ shows suggests that Ted Lasso is a moderate hit for Apple.
Ted Lasso: Hit or miss?
By comparison, Little Voice — which finished last week — has just 35 reviews for its first season. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (another comedy series that could have a crossover audience with Ted Lasso) has 174. Dickinson has more than 200 audience ratings. Defending Jacob, Servant and For All Mankind have all accumulated more than 300 audience ratings. See, the dystopian future series with Jason Mamoa, has just over 1,000. The Morning Show, which seems to be Apple TV+’s biggest hit, has close to 1,500. The Apple TV+ Tom Hanks movie Greyhound, which also reportedly did very well, has 1,238 audience reviews. That might give some indication of how these shows are faring from a viewership perspective.
Apple has yet to reveal how many subscribers Apple TV+ has attracted. Of these, it also hasn’t said how many are paying subscribers and how many are on a one-year free subscription for buying a new Apple device. Third-party analyst reports suggest Apple TV+ is still trying to find its footing with viewers.
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