It’s rare for a new Netflix series to be renewed with so little time on air. “Bridgerton” — which released on December 25, 2020 — was a huge, high-profile hit right out of the gate and the streaming giant still waited about three weeks to announce the “Bridgerton” renewal. “Trese,” as an animated horror program informed by Filipino culture and current events, may have a smaller target audience, at least Netflix’s home country of the United States. It has not yet appeared in the U.S. Top 10, as far as we can tell.
Netflix does not release viewership numbers, like other major networks do, but it does track ratings internally. In 2019, Netflix revealed more about how it gauges performance in a letter to the U.K. Parliament, saying that it tracks “starters,” or households that watch two minutes of an episode; “completers,” households that watch 90 percent of a season within 28 days; and “watchers,” that view at least 70 percent of an episode.
“The biggest thing that we look at is, are we getting enough viewership to justify the cost of the series?” Netflix VP of original programming Cindy Holland revealed at a Television Critics Association summer press tour (via IGN). “We also look at other things: how beloved the fan community is, how social a title is. There are lots of other things that we look at that you all can also see out in the world. But we are deliberate and thoughtful, and there are a lot of things that go into the decision.”
TVLine pointed out that Netflix has about a 74 percent renewal rate, and chief content officer Ted Sarandos has said he aims for 80 percent. But given the metrics it uses, it may be at least a month before Netflix makes a decision, and possibly longer — plenty of Netflix shows have been left in the lurch for months awaiting news of a potential renewal.