“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” Scores Historic 13.3 Million Debut

Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Jeffries in
Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Jeffries in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians"

Disney+ adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians was a long time coming, and it’s living up to the hype. The first episode of this fantasy series premiered to 13.3 million viewers on Disney+ and Hulu, making history for this streaming service along the way.

The first episode of Percy Jackson premiered on Disney+ and Hulu on December 19 and attracted 13.3 million views in six days. This marks the highest debut for a Disney Branded Television series, breaking the record previously held by Goosebumps.

Variety reports that Percy Jackson is one of the five most-watched season premieres in 2023 on both streaming services overall. Disney+ is pretty shy when it comes to unveiling their viewership numbers, but we know that Ahsoka reached 14 million viewers in five days of viewing, while the second season of Loki attracted 10.9 million viewers in just three days.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is based on Rick Riordan’s beloved fantasy series, and it centers on a 12-year-old demigod Percy Jackson, who’s coming to terms with his new-found powers while trying to restore order to Olympus. The series is led by Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri, with Virginia Kull, Glynn Turman, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Mullally, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jay Duplass, and Lance Reddick in supporting roles.