Bad news for those who watched “First Kill” on Netflix: As the major US industry magazines unanimously report, the young-adult series about the romance between a teenage vampire and a teenage vampire slayer has been canceled. There will be no second season of First Kill. So, once again, Netflix’s merciless cost-benefit analysis is to blame for a series ending early.
When it comes to its in-house productions, the streaming service is ice cold in its calculations as to whether enough customers will watch them and – almost more importantly – whether new subscriptions will be taken out for a film or a series, and puts this in relation to the production costs. If the calculation doesn’t add up, Netflix pulls the plug – just like with the vampire series.
“First Kill” was by no means a flop on Netflix: According to figures provided by the streaming service, “First Kill” made the top 10 list in 82 countries after debuting on June 10, 2022, staying there for about three weeks in Germany and two in the US. As deadline calculates that 100 million watched hours should have come together.
However, the industry magazine’s sources report that “First Kill” has not stayed on the Netflix charts as consistently as comparable series and has not met the expectations of the streaming service – both in terms of streamed hours and episodes watched to the end. In plain language it probably means: “First Kill” just couldn’t captivate the audience enough and many subscribers just watched the series without completing it.
Teenage Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) comes from a family of vampires. She is now of the age to kill her first human and take her deserved place in the family. Her classmate Calliope (Imani Lewis), who has just moved to the city, seems to be the perfect victim at first glance, but the impression is deceptive:
Because not only does Calliope come from a family of renowned vampire hunters. She and Juliette also fall in love as they gradually get to know each other better…