Despite the poor reception to “Citadel” season one, Prime Video has reported that the show’s first season has actually been hugely successful for them in terms of ratings. According to Prime Video themselves, “Citadel” had the second-largest launch in Prime Video history, conveniently just behind the most expensive show in history, “The Rings of Power.” In the season 2 announcement, Prime Video also states that the show drew the “second largest international audience of any new series in Prime Video history.”
This makes some sense, actually. The spy thriller about an independent global spy agency was originally announced as part of an international franchise, with spin-offs set in India and Italy already on the way. Having invested so much, not just in the show but in the larger franchise, it would make sense for Prime Video to at least see where this train goes for another season. After all, the “Fast and Furious” franchise has proven time and time again that international audiences care when stories feature diverse casts and global locations, so perhaps people are actually invested in the tale of Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), and there is a huge hunger to see more.
The first season of “Citadel” is streaming on Prime Video now.