Transmogrified Tiger wrote:More than 800,000 yearly subscriptions'-worth for a sitcom that went off the air 15 years ago. I really don't understand how you get there, are there really legions of people whose Friends-watching is the bedrock of their subscription?
Netflix doesn't release their viewing data, but they wouldn't spend the money if people weren't still watching it like crazy. We'll still turn on the reruns on Nick quite a bit though.
I mean, I'm sure you can logic your way to it if you look at raw viewership, my point is that in the absence of Friends, those people are gonna pick some other show to have on while they do other stuff, fall asleep, etc. There isn't a population of people the size of Delaware ready to cancel Netflix if Friends goes away, and that's before you get into the opportunity cost of that 100 million that could possibly get a similar benefit for less.