Netflix’s Australian teen reboot of Heartbreak High was released in September 2022, but will it return for a second season? Early reports suggested the show was renewed in early October, and now we have official confirmation. Here’s what we know about season 2 of Heartbreak High on Netflix.
Rebooting the ’90s show (available in its entirety in most Netflix regions worldwide), Heartbreak High is a modernized romantic drama comparable to Netflix’s other titles in the genre, such as this year’s Elite and Heartstopper. .
First announced in December 2020, the series was finally released on September 14, 2022.
It was released to critical praise, with many reviewers praising the diversity with characters of different races, genders, and disabilities represented.
Has Netflix renewed or canceled Heartbreak High?
Official Renewal Status: Officially renewed October 19, 2022
Our renewal forecast: probable renewal given the reports
On October 19, Netflix Australia confirmed that we would be returning for a second season.
By press release:
“School is officially back in session, as Netflix has announced that Heartbreak High will be returning for Season 2.
Produced by Fremantle Australia and NewBe, Season 2 of Heartbreak High will see the cast and talented creators reunite in Sydney (land of Gadigal, Dharug, Dharawal and Ku-ring-gai), Australia, for pre-production and the filming.
As you’ll see below, the series got off to a rocky start on Netflix, failing to perform much beyond Australia’s borders. There were undoubtedly many reasons for this (notably due to the show’s reps actively discouraging coverage), but despite its first traffic accident, the series continued to find an audience and make numbers.
The Guardian’s Michael Sun (who previously worked at Netflix Australia as a culture editor) noted that the series had been boosted thanks to TikTok (a phenomenon we’ve seen before lifting titles like Ginny & Georgia and Purple Hearts) . As of press time, the show has amassed 12.5 billion views on TikTok, likely resulting in eyeballs on Netflix.
On October 2, the Daily Telegraph in Australia announced that the show had been renewed for a second season.
How is Heartbreak High performing on Netflix?
As we noted above, Heartbreak High got off to a poor start on Netflix worldwide.
Let’s start with the top 10 Netflix raw numbers collected by FlixPatrol.
Even in Australia, the show only peaked at number five in the first few days before reaching number one on September 21 and 22 before faltering.
Below, you can see a global heatmap showing where the show performed best. Australia and New Zealand naturally recorded the highest figures, but countries in Eastern Europe and South Africa also performed well.
Moving on, Netflix’s top 10 sites did not feature Heartbreak High in week 1, suggesting the number was less than 12.22 million. This led us to report that Heartbreak High was considered a flop.
Following the show’s success on social media, viewership grew and the show charted in the top 10 in weeks 2 and 3, showing a particularly impressive hold in weeks two through three.
The show stayed in the top 10 worldwide on TV (in English) for 3 weeks, logging 42.61 million hours worldwide between September 18 and October 9, 2022.
Week Period Hours viewed (M) Ranking Week in the top 10 September 18, 2022 to September 25, 2022 18,250,000 6 1 September 25, 2022 to October 2, 2022 14,880,000 (-18%) 5 2 October 2, 2022 to October 9, 2022 9 480,000 (-36%) 8 3
What about external demand for the show?
TelevisionStats.com provides insight from more traditional sources (such as Wikipedia, Google Search Trends, Twitter, Reddit, etc.), but notably does not offer TikTok.
As a result, the show only became the 28th most requested show since its release.
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