‘Survival of the Thickest’ Season 2: Netflix Officially Renews Michelle Buteau Comedy

The show is coming back for a season 2 plus Michelle Buteau gets a new stand-up special.

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Netflix’s third major television series to come from A24 Television landed on the service in July 2023 and has been finally given a thumbs up for season 2. What do we know about the second season? Let’s dive in. 

Created and starring Michelle Buteau, Survival of the Thickest is about the exploits of Mavis Beaumont, a newly single woman who must rebuild her life. All eight episodes dropped on July 13th, and the show was notably not labeled a limited series, with it ending with a potential for more down the road.

It’s one of several projects Netflix has now teamed up with industry darling A24 on with others, including Beef, The Deepest Breath, White Noise, and Mo.

The series was released to mostly positive review scores, with it carrying a 7.5/10 on IMDb and an 85% critic’s score on RottenTomatoes.

Has Netflix Renewed Survival of the Thickest for season 2?

Official Renewal Status: Renewed in February 2024

In early 2024, Netflix finally confirmed that Survival of the Thickest would return for a second season. The news came during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, where she also announced a new stand-up special for the streamer.

Netflix also Tweeted and posted the news on Instagram, with Michelle Buteau celebrating the news, saying, “Guys, guess where I’m at. It’s my most favorite N-word. I’ve got some big news – real big. How big? Real big. Plus-sized big. I’m getting a season 2 of the Survival of the Thickest. We did it, bitches!”

Survival Of The Thickest Renewal News

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As we’ve covered before, Netflix uses many metrics to decide whether to renew a show or not. We’ll cover those stats below which might’ve gone some way to suggest the show was getting a renewal soon.

Mo, the first major TV project to come from A24 Television, received a second and final season order from Netflix despite not actually performing well for the streamer. It failed to hit the global top 10s, but it did manage to pick up a few nods at various award organizations. Beef, Netflix’s multi-Emmy nominated series, has yet to receive a second season renewal.

How well is Survival of the Thickest performing on Netflix?

Using various sources, we can look at how well Survival of the Thickest performs on Netflix. Naturally, this section will expand in the weeks and months to come, so we’ll keep updating as new data comes in.

We’re still waiting for TelevisionStats.com to include the show in its database, but it’s worth noting that the trailer (which can indicate success on the platform) only managed 356k views.

Netflix Global Top 10s

Let’s begin with Netflix’s global top 10 stats. Every Tuesday afternoon/evening, they publish a weekly top 40 list detailing hours watched globally plus their respective completed views.

Survival of the Thickest featured in the first week of its availability being the number 4 ranked show with 13.30 million hours, equating to around 3.7 million completed views.

How well does its CVE (completed viewing equivalent) compare to other new series launches in 2023 so far? Around the lower end of the middle, tracking below the likes of Beef and Florida Man but just above Unstable and Glamorous.

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Survival of the Thickest vs other Netflix Original releases in 2023

The show went on to spend three weeks in the global top 10s, picking up a 3% uplift in week two before dropping 42% in viewing hours in week three.

Week Period Hours Viewed Views / CVE Rank Week in Top 10
July 9th, 2023 to July 16th, 2023 13,300,000 3,700,000 4 1
July 16th, 2023 to July 23rd, 2023 13,700,000 (+3%) 3,800,000 5 2
July 23rd, 2023 to July 30th, 2023 8,000,000 (-42%) 2,200,000 5 3

FlixPatrol Data for Survival of the Thickest

That’s the global data, but what about the top 10s more granularly? FlixPatrol (which tracks 89 countries) can help us see where the show is performing best.

The show peaked at being the sixth most popular show on Netflix globally on July 17th, picking up 385 points. Best performing countries include Eastern Europe, Australia, Ireland, and Spain.

Their data often indicates that you need to have around 30 days in the majority of countries they track to warrant a season 2 renewal.

flixpatrol data for survival of the thickest

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PlumResearch and Nielsen Viewing Stats for Survival of the Thickest

In December 2023, we got our hands on fresh data from PlumResearch to see how the show stacked up in numerous ways vs other Netflix comedies in 2023.

Per their data, the show had a high completion rate, with over 50% of starters having finished within seven days of release.

  • 7-Day Completion Rate: 50.19%
  • 28-Day Completion Rate: 56.61%
  • 90-Day Completion Rate: 59.22%

The show also scored well with their Binge Watching metric, suggesting the show was more likely to be binged in quick succession.

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 Poster Netflix Synopsis: "After a bad breakup, passionate stylist Mavis Beaumont seizes the opportunity to start over in life and love while finding happiness on her own terms."

Rating: TV-MA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Michelle Buteau, Tasha Smith, Tone Bell
Season Additions:
  • - Season 1 was added to Netflix on July 13th, 2023

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