Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels” ended the series with a season-best performance across most of the network’s key demographics this month. The series ended with a dramatic 90-minute conclusion of the popular animated show, and the final chapter was a hit with fans on social-media. The final episodes jumped from the prior week’s 1-hour penultimate episode, bumping total viewers up 46% as the team said goodbye and the credits rolled. “Star Wars Rebels” kicked off its finale with a first-ever airing of two back-to-back episodes, marking the series’ strongest telecast of the season in Total Viewers (688,000)
On digital platforms, “Star Wars Rebels” generated 2.4 million video starts on the Disney XD App + DisneyNOW and over 3.2 million VOD transactions during its final season. During the fourth-quarter, “Star Wars Rebels” reached 6.5 million total viewers, including 1.4 million Kids 6-11. This according to the Nielsen Company, Live + 3, U.S. ratings.
Fans tuned-in to say goodbye to the loyal crew of the Ghost, which has been part of Disney XD‘s lineup since 2014. The animated-series was aimed at a younger audience, with vibrant colors and a younger protagonist, but the show still did will with ages 8 to tween from week to week. The series was nestled into the Star Wars timeline just before “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” and parts of that story-line found its way into the series epilogue.
If you’re wondering what comes next, Disney has a live-action Star Wars series already in motion. That new series will be part of Disney’s new direct-to-consumer platform, and will most likely serve as the anchor for the launch. Disney confirmed earlier this month that actor, writer, producer, director, and former Star Wars character, Jon Favreau will write for the new live-action series.
As for a new animated-series, Disney hasn’t announced any new series at this time. Both “Star Wars: Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” were gigantic hits for Disney, so a new series is probably a safe bet, but we don’t know how long you will have to wait for it.