‘Ratched’ Ranks As Best New Series On Netflix For 2020

Numbers don’t lie–and the numbers say Ratched Season 1 is a certified hit for Netflix.

The series–from creator Evan Romansky and executive producer Ryan Murphy (of American Horror Story and Scream Queens fame)–has burst out of the gate since its Sept. 18 premiere and has become Netflix’s most-viewed original debut series of 2020, as reported by Deadline.

Ratched boasted 48 million viewing households over its first 28 days, to make it what the streamer called the “biggest original Season 1 of the year.”

The best-ever debut for Netflix is another genre series, the Henry Cavill-led The Witcher, which premiered in December 2019 and was watched by 76 million households in its opening month.

Ratched will return for Season 2, as reported here in Horror News Network, as it received a two-season order in 2017 for 18 total episodes. There is no definite debut date in place for the second season–primarily due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis–but if production starts next year, Season 2 is likely to premiere sometime in 2022.

Ratched–which stars Sarah Paulson, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone and Finn Wittrock–is a prequel series to the 1975 Oscar-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Set in a California psychiatric hospital in 1947, the series follows a younger Nurse Mildred Ratched as she “infiltrates the mental health care system” and her “stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that reveals that true monsters are made, not born.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Ratched on Netflix–including the premiere date for Season 2.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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