Netflix Series With Global Viewership Of 30.34 Million Hours Cancelled After First Series | TOTUM
Holly BarrowAugust 4th
2022

You might think that a series which manages to rack up a global viewership of 30.34 million hours would undoubtedly be renewed for a second season, but apparently that's not the case.

Fans of one seemingly successful Netflix series have been left baffled by the streamer's decision to cancel the show after just one series, despite its incredible viewership figures.

First Kill first landed on the platform earlier this year, with all eight episodes dropping on 10th June.

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Based on Victoria E. Schwab's short story of the same name, the series followed teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) who is preparing to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family.

But when she starts to develop feelings for Calliope (Imani Lewis), a new girl who has just moved to town and who she intended to kill, things take a turn.

An official synopsis for the show reads: 'Falling in love is tricky for teens Juliette and Calliope: One's a vampire, the other's a vampire hunter - and both are ready to make their first kill.'

It's been described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Twilight meets Killing Eve, with the result being a bold queer vampire romance drama.

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Praising the show for its LGBTQ+ themes, one user tweeted: "First Kill is the gay Buffy the Vampire Slayer I yearned for when i was a teen [sic]."

Gaining a huge fanbase and boasting global viewership hours of over 30 million, it's perhaps no surprise that people have a lot to say on Netflix's decision not to renew the show for a second season.

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Taking to Twitter to expression their frustration, one fan wrote: "First Kill deserved so much more than what it got from Netflix. For it to still thrive and achieve those numbers with basically no promo and an almost non-existent budget is amazing and honestly i hope netflix takes a massive hit from this that they can't come back from."

Another added: "First Kill had so much potential. Not only that, it has representation that is so rare for black lesbians. It had a great plot, incredible characters, amazing cast. It just needed the right people to believe in it and that didn’t happen. F**k you Netflix."

A third wrote: "I need Netflix to come up off the rights of First Kill, because how are [they] letting an amazing show go that meant so much to so many people! This is so unfair and I am sick of this."

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Responding to the announcement that the show would not be renewed earlier this week, fans soon managed to get both '#CancelNetflix' and '#SaveFirstKill' trending on Twitter.

They're hoping another streamer will buy the rights to the show.

One of the actors, Dylan McNamara, who played Oliver in the show, tweeted on Wednesday: "It’s part of the game sometimes. I love you all and will be forever grateful. All of your support continues to amaze me. Thank you for making Oliver and First Kill the amazing experience it was. All Love."

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