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‘Shogun’ Hits 9 Million Views and Beats ‘The Bear’ Season 2 as FX’s Biggest Hulu Premiere

The debut of the FX limited series “Shōgun” has proven to be a hit with audiences.

The premiere episodes of the 10-episode series has pulled in 9 million views globally across Hulu, Disney+ and Star+ in its first six days of availability, with a view defined as total stream time divided by runtime.

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That is high enough to make it the number one scripted series premiere globally for Disney General Entertainment, beating “The Kardashians” Season 1, and the number one premiere of an FX series on Hulu in the U.S. ahead of “The Bear” Season 2. It should be noted, however, that the “Shōgun” viewership also includes Hulu on Disney+

“Shōgun,” based on the James Clavell novel of the same name, has long been a passion project for FX chief John Landgraf, who originally greenlit the show back in 2018. The show has received strong reviews from critics as well, with Variety‘s Allison Herman calling the series “thrillingly transportive event TV.” Other critics agreed, with the series holding a 99% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Shōgun” was created for television by Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks, with Marks serving as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michaela Clavell, Edward L. McDonnell, Michael De Luca, and Kondo.

Cosmo Jarvis stars as John Blackthorne alongside producer Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko, Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige, Hiroto Kanai as Kashigi Omi, Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari, Moeka Hoshi as Usami Fuji, Tokuma Nishioka as Toda Hiromatsu, Shinnosuke Abe as Buntaro, Yuki Kura as Yoshii Nagakado, Yuka Kouri as Kiku, and Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba no Kata.

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