Avatar: The Last Airbender (A:TLA) has been on Netflix since May 15 and has since broken a most-watched record on the streaming service.
A:TLA broke the record of staying on Netflix’s “Top 10 Most-Watched TV Series” chart longer than any other show. The Netflix chart had just come about in February of 2020 - according to Newsweek - and only three months later, A:TLA was released on Netflix and plowed its way to the top of the chart. A:TLA originally aired on Nickelodeon in February 2005, and breaking this chart record in 2020, over 15 years later, really is a true testament to how well the show was crafted and the immense dedication fans have to it.
Let’s talk details: A:TLA stayed on Netflix’s “Top 10 Most-Watched TV Series” for 60 days - beating out the previous record-holder, Ozark, which was on there for 57 days - and surpassing main staples of the platform including Tiger King (50 days) and 13 Reasons Why (27 days). A:TLA became number 1 on the chart May 21 (which was only 6 days after being brought onto Netflix), then stayed number 1 for five days, then slowly began dropping down over the next few weeks, until eventually leaving the Top 10 chart on July 20.
Ideally, this will convince Netflix that there are plenty of people out there clamoring for more Avatar content. Legend of Korra, A:TLA successor, will come to the streaming service August 14, hopefully also breaking the Top 10 Most-Watched TV Series record, too, or at least placing near the top, and Netflix’s live-action adaptation of A:TLA may garner quite a decent amount of views and popularity when it comes out (expectedly in 2021, according to Newsweek).
But what do you think? Do you think A:TLA deserves to be the show to stay on the "Top 10 Most-Watched TV Series" chart the longest? Do you think Legend of Korra will break the record? Do you think the live-action AtLA could eventually break the record as well? Let us know in the comments below.
By Nicholas James