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House of Cards: Netflix New Series; Cancel or Keep It?

house of cards tv showOn Friday, Netflix released their much-hyped original TV series House of Cards. Was it worth the wait? Should they make season two or cancel it now?

Based on a novel by Michael Dobbs and a BBC mini-series, House of Cards revolves around a devious congressman (Kevin Spacey) and his wife (Robin Wright) who’ll stop at nothing to execute his plans to reach higher office.

Others in the cast include Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, Constance Zimmer, Sebastian Arcelus, Sandrine Holt, Michael Gill, Dan Ziskie, Sakina Jaffrey, Ben Daniels, Mahershala Ali, and Rachel Brosnahan.

Unlike a traditional network, Netflix released all 13 episodes of House of Cards’ first season at once, so customers can stream them on their own schedule. With DVR usage becoming more and more prevalent, people obviously like this option but it remains to be seen if the strategy will pay off for Netflix’s desire to attract and hold onto new subscribers.

Netflix hasn’t said yet if they consider House of Cards to be a success or not. According to Sandvine, a company that tracks the volume of Internet data usage, Netflix is the largest source of Internet traffic. Sandvine also says that there was no significant change in Netflix traffic this past weekend — meaning there was no spike in viewing when House of Cards became available. It’s unclear if the Super Bowl was taken into account.

Meanwhile, Procera Networks measures web traffic for several of the larger Internet providers. They estimate that 11% of Netflix subscribers that visited the site watched at least one episode of the series.

The first few episodes were, not surprisingly, the most-watched but later episodes were viewed as well. It seems that the last episode of the season was watched by about 28% of the people who watched the first episode. Curiously, more people viewed the 13th installment than watched episodes nine, 10, 11, or 12.

Netflix won’t release new subscriber numbers until its next earnings announcement so we may not know how well House of Cards has been received for awhile. However, Netflix reportedly ordered two seasons up front so either way, it looks like we’ll see a second season.

But, what do you think? Have you seen House of Cards? Did you watch the 13 episodes one at a time, all at once, or some variation in between? Do you want to see more? Should the show be cancelled or are you looking forward to season two?

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Anonymous February 6, 2013 at 2:53 am

I loved it. Hope there’s a 2nd season.


cary February 6, 2013 at 1:34 am

More please. Its the best series ive seen in 40yrs of viewing anything


John Kephart February 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Great Show…I was spellbound and watched it all over two nights…I hope Netflix and other networks follow this format…the future of PPV…makes the DVR obsolete!


capt robert wonnacott February 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

love the series . watched all 13 epidodes in two nights . hungry for more of kevin spacey and his political power manipulations that tkeep back firing . my dad loves claire and i love zoe. feed us more episodes please


Dan February 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm the show has already been renewed for a second season


admin February 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Not that I’ve seen and the link you provided doesn’t say that.


Dan February 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

This article ( stated that Netfix made a deal for House of Cards for 26 episodes over the course of two seasons. They stated filming starts for season 2 this spring. The first 13 episodes just premiered on netflix and the next should premiere sometime next year? But the date is unknown/


admin February 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for that info. I’ve found additional information as well. I’ve updated the article accordingly.


Aaron February 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Wonderful show !


Jason February 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

It’s a powerful show and well written. Kevin Spacey is a badass and his character demands power. More please!!


Jonathan February 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Great show. More seasons!


Guly February 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

It’s a great show! Netflix should definitely keep it! I’ve just watched the first two episodes and i can say that both were great!


Anonymous February 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Very good. Yes bring it back for another season!


Rob February 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I’m up to episode 7. Love the series so far, but more than that I love being able to watch it at my own pace!!!


IowaMan February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

if only network TV were as good as this series……..


Brad Kozak February 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Keep it! It’s the best new series on television.


Linda February 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Great! Watched the whole Season 1 in two day’s time. We are hooked and waiting for more!!


Anonymous February 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Truely a great show. I’m sure most people haven’t been able to watch the entire series yet. As good as any show on AMC ans certainly better than anything on the declining HBO


Brus February 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

Seen all of Seaon 1. Love it!


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