Resident Evil TV series has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season

Charisa Bossinakis

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Resident Evil TV series has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season

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The Resident Evil TV show has been cancelled after just one season.

Despite only launching in July, Netflix has decided to pull the pin on the spin-off series after underwhelming viewing figures, as per Deadline.

Based on the survival horror video game franchise of the same name, the series takes place nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus.

The show follows two different timelines, one in 2022, where professor Albert Wesker and his two daughters, Jade and Billie, settle down in New Raccoon City. 

The other plot line is set in 2036, where a now grown-up Jade is trying to survive as more than six million monsters roam the Earth.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

While Resident Evil had a strong premiere, trending number two on Netflix and clocking over 72 million hours watched, the series fell out of the top 10 on the streaming platform within three weeks.

Not only did the show fail to attract viewers, but according to IMDb, it was one of the lowest-rated series in TV history.

On IMDb, the series has been rated 3.4/10, based on average ratings from 4,042 from users, while on Rotten Tomatoes, the show had received an Audience Score of merely 26 per cent.

However, The Guardian's Lucy Mangan gave the spin-off show a glowing four-star review, writing: "You will binge-watch like you have never binge-watched before... you will enjoy yourself so freaking much."

So who knows, maybe you'll like it after all.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Journalist for Decider, Kayla Cobb, wrote: “Packed with humor, heart, and some of the coolest action scenes of the year, it’s a show that will leave you alternatively screaming at and cheering for your television.”

The cancellation of Resident Evil comes after Netflix grapples with its dwindling subscribers. 

NPR reports that the company saw its biggest withdrawals of viewership as its second-quarter earnings report revealed that more than 900,000 people cancelled their subscriptions. 

As a result, Netflix has decided to create an ‘at home’ feature for five countries in Central and South America, cracking down on multiple households sharing accounts. 

In April this year, Netflix also announced that they had also lost 200,000 subscribers, which sent their stock plummeting by 37 per cent in a day.

Topics: Film & TV, News, Netflix, Film and TV

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