‘The Man in the High Castle’ Becomes Amazon’s Most-Streamed Original Series

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“The Man in the High Castle” is Amazon’s most-streamed original series, according to the streaming service. Premiering on Nov. 20, the drama’s performance marks the biggest launch month in Amazon Prime’s video history, hitting the milestone just four weeks after “High Castle’s” full-season debut.

The news comes just days after Amazon renewed the series for a second season.

Though Amazon did not release any specific numbers, Monday’s announcement is the first time the company  — which, like Netflix, is typically tight-lipped on viewership– has formally mentioned any kind of viewer measurement indicator.

Available in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, “The Man in the High Castle” broke a record previously set by “Bosch,” which Amazon says was formerly the most-streamed show on the service. The cop drama has also been renewed for a second season, which will launch next year.

With Amazon’s newly-released viewership information, it’s of note that the critical darling “Transparent” is not among the service’s top two shows, despite the huge award recognition, social buzz and positive reception, among both viewers and critics.

“We’re very proud of this outstanding series created by Frank Spotnitz, Scott Free and Isa Dick Hackett, which Amazon customers around the world have enthusiastically embraced, and we look forward to the second season,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios. “We hoped that once again bringing together the work of Phillip K. Dick and the vision of Ridley Scott — who brought us the classic film Blade Runner — would help deliver on our promise of creating some of the best television in the world for Prime customers, and we believe that it has.”

Based on the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick of the same name, “The Man in the High Castle” was developed by Frank Spotnitz and is exec produced by Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Isa Dick Hackett. Scott Free Productions is behind the show. Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel de la Fuente and DJ Qualls star.

In addition to “High Castle’s” renewal last week, Amazon also renewed drama “Hand of God,” comedy “Red Oaks” and ordered five new primetime series and three kids’ shows.

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  1. GoldStandard says:

    Watching this. Makes me feel a little bit better about the USA, less though that we are 20 in the liberty score! We cannot forget to stop judging each other and embrace liberty over everything else. Assimilation is love of liberty (and learn english to acquire jobs) then accept it. Seems legit to me.

  2. 85wzen says:

    I’m actually reading Dick’s novel because of this Amazon mini… hard to believe they could make much out of it as the book is mostly psych not tech… I hope to see this only that Netflix doesn’t have a listing for it!

  3. Steven Burgas says:

    And what’s wrong with that? It’s the best show around right now.

  4. Joe B says:

    Sorry, but “Castle” is so rife with inaccuracies that I gave up after 2 installments. First, the song over the credits is “Edelweiss” in an eerie, Germanic version. Interesting, since if the Nazis had won the war, the two Jewish composers (Rodgers & Hammerstein) would have been incinerated long before they wrote it in the late 50s. Also, the an early scene showed “brown shirts” bullying someone in the streets. Well, Hitler & Co. abolished the Brown Shirts before the war.
    Enough! When a show is so poorly researched as to allow such blatant inaccuracies.well, I give up.
    US audiences don’t care much about that I suppose. But I do. …

    • Ian Dinkla says:

      The Brown shirts were not eliminated after the night of long knives they were only heavly downsized look it up! Please check YOUR facts before making a comment. Your Edelweiss point is ok though

    • Yeah, those sort of completely avoidable inaccuracies do tend to undermine dramatic credibility. You can’t imagine Philip Roth having made similar blunders writing “The Plot against America” – but this is TV so the producers are probably right in not expecting the average viewer to give a damn. Which reminds me of David Simon’s comment when (re: pitching The Wire”) he was asked “what’s the average viewer going to make of this?” His reply was “**** the average viewer.” Sometimes making a little effort to do things right pays big dividends.
      Of course I haven’t seen any of TMITHC yet…

    • Peejay Juggles says:

      I didn’t realize they were making a documentary…

    • nerdrage says:

      That also occurred to me…and I think the irony is deliberate, not “inaccurate.” Did you get to the end of the season yet? The final scene implies that there is literally no such thing as inaccurate for this series.

    • Steven Burgas says:

      Shh… It’s a fictional alternate universe.

    • Upboat says:

      Yeah, because complete historical accuracy is what they are going for in an alternative history story line.

  5. Barbara says:

    It’s a wonderful, thought -provoking show.

  6. Pookie says:

    A record breaking month accomplished on only FOUR weeks. How many weeks are in your normal months?

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