The Book of Boba Fett‘s season finale was allegedly watched by nearly 1.5 million US households in its first five days, outperforming The Mandalorian season 2 conclusion by 36%.
Ex-bounty hunter Fett (Temuera Morrison) takes over Jabba’s Palace and becomes the new Daimyo of Tatooine in The Book of Boba Fett, a Mandalorian spin-off. Fett is helped by skilled assassin Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) as the two attempt to keep control of their new criminal empire in Mos Espa, despite threats from the Pyke Syndicate.
The first four episodes of The Book of Boba Fett covered everything from Fett’s escape from the Sarlacc pit through his acceptance into a Tusken clan. The next three episodes, on the other hand, moved in a completely different route, ramping up the action, increasing the number of Star Wars character appearances, and concluding in a denouement that focused less on Fett himself but more on Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grog. Though Book of Boba Fett had a lot of potential, many fans thought that the show’s greatest sections seemed more like the start of The Mandalorian season 3 than the independent spin-off it was meant to be.
For that reason, it’s hardly surprising that the season finale of Book of Boba Fett, “Chapter 7: In the Name of Honor,” drew much more views than The Mandalorian season 2 finale.
Boba Fett episode 7 has so far drawn 1.5 million US viewers, according to Samba TV (via Deadline), compared to 1.1 million for The Mandalorian in the same time period.
Samba TV’s Head of Measurement, Cole Strain, commended the “momentum and enthusiasm” for Book of Boba Fett season 1 in a statement:
“The momentum and excitement for the first season of The Book of Boba Fett certainly carried through to the finale…in fact, the 1.5M U.S. households watching the debut season’s finale through the weekend was 36% higher than The Mandalorian’s season two finale. Disney has done a great job creating strong original content that keeps viewers engaged and coming back for more.”
There are a variety of reasons why “In The Name of Honor” had a better audience rating than “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian.
It might just be due to an increase in Disney+ subscribers when “The Rescue” debuted in December 2020.
However, all of the amazing Star Wars cameos in Boba Fett episode 6, “Chapter 6: From The Desert Comes A Stranger,” may have built up a lot of anticipation for the season finale.
In the end, many viewers believed the episode only came close to fulfilling its promise.
However, the introduction of individuals like Cad Bane in episode 6 hinted that the Boba Fett finale bouts would be huge, so it’s no surprise that so many people got interested in it.
However, audience numbers are just half of the tale. While Boba Fett’s episode 7 may have attracted more people, The Mandalorian season 2, episode 8 scored a near-perfect IMDb score of 9.8. The current rating for “In The Name of Honor” is 7.7, indicating that people were dissatisfied with the conclusion of The Book of Boba Fett. Finally, these higher viewership numbers indicate that future Disney Star Wars episodes will certainly reach a larger audience – just that The Mandalorian’s footsteps are what they need to follow.