Arrested Development Season 5 Is In Demand (If Search Data Is Any Indication)By: Chris Crum - June 24, 2013
As we reported earlier, Yahoo shared some interesting data about search trends related to Arrested Development, the cult hit show that Netflix resurrected from the dead with a fourth season, which debuted last month.
Searches for “arrested development 2013″ spiked 279% in June.
But we already know what 2013 had in store for the show. A lot of us are wondering where it will go in years to come (if anywhere).
Mitch Hurwitz, the show’s creator, has indicated on more than one occasion now, that he has some ideas of where to take the story next, but it remains to be seen whether that will be in the form of another season on Netflix, another season on some other channel, a long-rumored movie, or whether it will go further at all. Netflix did recently suggest it would like to do more, so it’s very possible fans will get another season, hopefully in 2014.
We asked Yahoo if it had any data on searches for season 5 or a film, to gauge fan interest. Searches for “arrested development season 5″ spiked off the charts on Yahoo in the past 30 days, a spokesperson for the company tells us. “Off the charts” is a term Yahoo uses to refer to searches that received little to no searches in the week or month before, and are now gaining interest.
Clearly there is a great deal of fan interest, which Netflix (which makes decisions based on data, of course) will certainly take into consideration when it comes time to figure out the next move. It’s worth noting that Netflix just renewed Hemlock Grove for a second season. Prior to that, Yahoo’s search data was showing heavy interest a second season.
Interestingly, Yahoo tells us that it’s seeing virtually no activity around searches for an Arrested Development movie. This seems to suggest that fans expect another season.
Meanwhile, searches for just “arrested development” spiked 80% in the last 30 days, and searches for “arrested development season 4″ are a whopping 49 times higher this month than for [arrested development season 5].