‘The Midnight Club’ Season 2 Canceled on Netflix; Here’s why

The midnight club – NOK. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2022

The Midnight Club, Mike Flanagan’s latest Netflix Original horror series was the first that could have gotten a Season 2 as part of his deal. However, it has been confirmed that Netflix has chosen not to renew the show for a second season.

The Midnight Club is a Netflix Original teen horror series created by Mike Flanagan and the adaptation of the novel of the same by Christopher Pike. The series is the fourth Netflix Original series by Mike Flanagan and his sixth project for Netflix overall.

Over the past few years, Mike Flanagan has been one of Netflix’s top content creators, starting with every year subscribers look forward to his latest foray into the horror genre.

A group of terminally ill teenage patients live at the Rotterdam Home, and together they create the Midnight Club. They meet secretly at midnight to tell horror stories. Together, the group forms a pact that whoever dies first would make an effort to contact the rest of the Midnight Club members from beyond the grave.

The Midnight Club Season 2 Netflix Renewal Status

Is the performance renewed or cancelled?

Official Netflix Renewal Status: Cancelled

Of the four Mike Flanagan series made for Netflix, this is the first one we expect to see a second season, which the creator has already confirmed they wanted to do over multiple seasons.

Nearly two months after its initial release, The Wrap confirmed that Netflix had not renewed the series citing poor performance (more on this in a second).

It came on the same day that Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy (who had been working with Netflix under a unified deal) had moved to Prime Video (via Amazon Studios), moving forward with their latest project for Netflix as The Fall of the House of Usher.

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Mike Flanagan directs on the set of The Midnight Club

The Fall of the House of Usher is now in post-production and is expected to be released on Netflix sometime in 2023 and will end Flanagan’s production in the so-called Flanaverse on Netflix.

How well it did The Midnight Club perform on Netflix?

A revamp will almost certainly come down to performance on the streamer, so let’s dive into that now.

The show had one of the weakest first weekends on Netflix that we’ve recorded in a long time. In the official data from Netflix, it got only 18.79 million hours watched globally.

If we compare it to other dramas in 2022, it’s like this:

  • The Lincoln Advocate – First three days: 45.09M
  • The Sandman – First three days: 69.48M
  • Partner track – First three days: 16.66M

Its first weekend performance was so poor in our Top 10 report for the week ending October 9 that we called it a flop, citing that it had a worse Complete Viewings Equivalent (CVE) than Diving club, Partner track, Archive 81 but hit Brand new cherry flavor and Cowboy Bebop.

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Midnight Club vs others will be released in 2022

The show was in Netflix’s top 10 for three weeks before it dropped completely. Between October 2 and October 23, 2022, the show was watched 90.31 million hours on Netflix.

Critically, however, we saw The Midnight Mass face a nearly 60% decline in viewership in Weeks 2 to 3. That kind of decline has often spelled failure for any now-cancelled Netflix Original.

Weekly period Hours set (M) Rank Week in the top 10
2 October 2022 to 9 October 2022 18,790,000 4 1
9 October 2022 to 16 October 2022 49,870,000 (+165%) 3 2
16 October 2022 to 23 October 2022 21,650,000 (-57%) 5 3

The Netflix Top 10 from FlixPatrol suggests that in week 2 we saw a big jump in viewership, but like viewing time, it dropped dramatically in week 3.

On Day 1, the show only managed to become the 18th most popular title on the service. On day 2, it rose to rank 5. On day 3, rank 4 and day 4 (which would have been outside the above metric), it hit position 2.

Looking at external data, The Midnight Club was the weakest Flanagan show so far.

Google Trends states that it was only able to garner 34% of the total demand that Midnight Mass claimed just one year earlier.

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Google Trends for Mike Flanagan’s shows on Netflix

Demand tool TelevisionStats.com also paints a bleak picture, with the show peaking as the 6th biggest show in the world at the start of October 2022, but has since plummeted. It pulls data from Google Trends, Wikipedia, Twitter, Reddit and other sources.

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What we expected from another season of The Midnight Club at Netflix

The first season finale left us with a huge cliffhanger, revealing that Doctor Stanton is not only a survivor, but the tattoo on her neck means she’s a former member of Paragon.

We expect to see Doctor Stanton’s backstory fleshed out in full, revealing the origins of her illness, how she joined Paragon, how she came to leave the group, why she’s at odds with Shasta aka Julia Jayne, and whether or not her motives to run Brightcliffe is well-intentioned or sinister.

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How much is Doctor Stanton from the Midnight Club hiding?

As for Ilonka and Kevin, they are the only two current members of Night club who can see the ghost couple of Brightcliff. Little is known about the couple, but the end of the first season may have revealed that they are actually Stanley Oscar Freelan and Vera Freelan, Brightcliff’s original owners. But why can Ilonka and Kevin see them? And does Keving become possessed at night, forcing him to wander the halls of Brightcliff?

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Star-crossed lovers Ilanka and Kevin are haunted by the ghosts of Brightcliff

Shasta, aka Julia Jayne, failed in her attempt to perform the ritual in the basement, nearly killing three young women in the process. Considering how determined Shasta is to carry out the ritual, we definitely haven’t seen the last of her.

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What has Shasta aka Julia Jayne planned for Brightcliff?

Finally, another season also raises the question of how long the remaining members of The Midnight Club have to live. And whether we expect new members to be admitted to the club or not.

With the series cancelled, these scenarios will not play out on our screens.

However, Flanagan has teased that we may get closure via Twitter.

Flanagan spoke to The Wrap and told them, “I promised everyone at Comic-Con yesterday that I would post all the answers to the central mysteries on Twitter, which I will honor,” adding “we made the decision in the writers’ room not to reveal two of our bigger existential secrets in the show so that we have something to say in the second season.”

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