‘Lockwood & Co.’ Season 2: Netflix Renewal Status & What We Know So Far
One of Netflix’s first significant new TV releases of 2023 is Lockwood & Co, a new supernatural teen series hailing from the United Kingdom. The show sets up a second season, but will it get one? Here’s what we know so far about season 2 of Lockwood & Co.
Developed by Joe Cornish, the new British series (compared to a “teen Ghostbusters“) is an 8-episode series that follows the first two books in the Jonathan Stroud novel series.
Reviews for the show from critics since its release has been strong. Based on 11 reviews, the series holds a 91% on RottenTomatoes, 94% from audiences on RT, and a 7.5 on IMDb.
Lockwood & Co Season 2 Netflix Renewal Status
Official Renewal Status at Netflix: Pending
Our Renewal Prediction: 50/50
Over a month and a half following the release of Lockwood & Co on Netflix, there’s no word whether the series will return.
As we’ve discussed before, things like completion rate, number of starters, and cost all play a significant role in renewals.
In the case of Lockwood & Co, we’re currently predicting that the series is likely leaning towards cancelation given its performance compared to other titles in the genre and a massive fall in viewership from weeks 2 to 3.
If the show does get renewed, we suspect it’d be for a second and final season.
We should note that, particularly over the past year, Netflix has struggled to renew genre shows that skew younger. Last year, we saw the cancelation of the likes of First Kill, Resident Evil, The Imperfects, The Midnight Club, and The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself all failed to get beyond season 1, while Warrior Nun couldn’t get a third season.
Joe Cornish addresses season 2 in an interview with Tamera Jones from Collider. When asked about season 2 chances and social engagement being a contributing factor towards renewal, Cornish said:
“… I’m not going to get caught up in the whole, “Is there/isn’t there going to be a Season 2?” We drive ourselves crazy. We just have to be super proud of what we’ve done. We really appreciate the fact, particularly, that fans of the book are recognizing the world that was in their imagination up on the screen. I just want to be proud and happy for the actors, for all the incredible technicians, everybody who worked on the show that made it good, and that so many people dig it.”
The big question is, will this trend continue into 2023 with Lockwood & Co?
How well is Lockwood & Co. performing on Netflix?
Multiple sources show how well Lockwood & Co. has performed on Netflix.
Showrunner Joe Cornish said they had a meeting with Netflix where they were told they “did very well for the first couple of weeks,” but subsequently said he wouldn’t be attending additional meetings.
Netflix Hourly Data for Lockwood & Co.
Let’s first begin with hourly data from Netflix itself. Every Tuesday, in four categories, Netflix publishes 40 hourly figures on its top-performing titles.
Lockwood & Co picked up 79.91 million hours in the top global 10s over the course of three weeks (January 22nd to February 12th) and fell out in week 4.
Here’s how that breaks down week to week:
|Week Period||Hours Viewed(M)||Rank||Week in Top 10|
|January 22nd, 2023 to January 29th, 2023||25,120,000||6||1|
|January 29th, 2023 to February 5th, 2023||39,420,000 (+57%)||1||2|
|February 5th, 2023 to February 12th, 2023||15,370,000 (-61%)||7||3|
As mentioned, the show dropped out of the top 10s in week 4, meaning it failed to get over 15.12 million hours that week.
Let’s compare its opening week to several other shows in the same genre that premiered in 2022 (and notably didn’t go on score season 2 orders).
As you can see, the show followed similar trajectories to The Imperfects and First Kill (both canceled) but fell below Archive 81 (also canceled).
That’s the raw top 10 hourly figures, but let’s try and put it on a level playing field against similar shows in the same genre as Lockwood.
Using CVE (taking the hours viewed and then dividing by the total length of the show), we can see the show had a stronger start than two other British series, such as Heartstopper (which was renewed for two seasons) and Half-Bad.
However, according to our top 10 reports, Lockwood was still on the lower end for debuts of English series, generally saying, “with only 4.4M CVEs over its first three days, that’s really on the low end for a new English-speaking series.”
Nielsen Data for Lockwood & Co.
Nielsen’s top 10 data also gives an insight into how well the series performs, specifically in the United States.
We’ve got three weeks of data from Nielsen thus far, with the show also seeing a massive 56% drop between weeks 2 and 3. Netflix US viewership looks to have made up about 20% of the show’s total.
Here’s how the Nielsen data breaks down week to week, but thus far, between January 23rd and February 12th, the show has picked up 22.43 million hours:
|01/23 – 01/29||450,000,000||7,500,000|
|01/30 – 02/05||623,000,000||10,383,333|
|02/06 – 02/12||273,000,000||4,550,000|
Raw Top 10 Data About Lockwood & Co. from FlixPatrol
Looking at raw top 10s via FlixPatrol, the show peaked in the number of points it picked up in the series top 10s within the first three to four days but has held on, only being forced out by newer titles.
The show did enter the top 10s in most regions globally, performing the best in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, India, and France.
The show disappeared from the top 10s after two weeks on the platform but resurfaced for a few days before leaving entirely shy of a month after the show landed.
Here’s how its performance in the Netflix top 10s looks:
External Demand for Lockwood & Co.
How well is the show performing on the web at large? Often referred to as “demand,” we’ll use TelevisionStats.com to track how well the show performs on sites like Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, and IMDb.
Their data shows the series peaked in external demand on February 13th.
One thing we should note is how well the show is performing on TikTok. Looking at various hashtags, the show has scored tens of millions of views. The main Lockwood & Co hashtag, as of February 21st, has picked up 73 million views, with plenty of other tags picking up similar numbers.
What to expect from Lockwood & Co season 2 on Netflix
Since the series seems to adapt the books in order, logic dictates that we’d see one, two, or even three book entries adapted for season 2.
For those unfamiliar, that’d mean that we’d likely see The Hollow Boy and/or The Creeping Shadow adapted, leaving The Empty Grave for a future season.
Assuming season 2 heads straight into the third book, here’s a brief run-down of the plot of The Hollow Boy courtesy of GoodReads:
“As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.”
As DigitalSpy points out, some of the overarching questions going into a second season would be how exactly Lockwood’s parents died, as it’s slowly revealed throughout the course of the season that there’s more to that story than meets the eye.
That leads us to the cliffhanger ending with the door to the room that’s been otherwise locked throughout the season swinging open only for the credits to start rolling.
When asked about what’s behind the door, Ruby Stokes told Variety:
“I haven’t heard of any theories, but I have seen people, even some who have read the books, say they want to leave it up to interpretation. I haven’t read the theories either because even as I was reading the books, like going from Book One to Two, I enjoyed that moment of not knowing what’s next.”
One Redditor has already predicted what might be in the locked room, suggesting it could be “The ghosts of his parents” or “More relics having to do with his family.”
Teasing season 2 in the aforementioned Collider article, Joe Cornish told them about the future books (and, therefore the series):
“The character relationships get more complex, the world-building expands, [there are] twists and turns, and it gets epic, and amazing set pieces. So, we would love to get the chance to put all that stuff on screen, but at the same time, we are very proud of the first season. If you want to find out what’s beyond that door and you can’t wait for more, then it’s in the books.”
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