Sonic Franchise Hype Boosted by Knuckles Streaming Record

Paramount+ original series “Knuckles” sets streaming records, becoming the most-watched series and kids and family title on the platform. The success reinforces the ambitious goals for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” franchise as a major entertainment property.

Viewership for *Sonic the Hedgehog* titles has skyrocketed by 278% following the release of *Knuckles* on Paramount+. Despite once being a child of the ’90s, Sonic is now more popular than ever. If this trend continues, the debut trailer for *Sonic the Hedgehog 3* featuring Shadow the Hedgehog could have a profound impact when it is released.

Sonic Franchise Hype Boosted by Knuckles Streaming Record
(Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sega/Paramount+)

“The Sonic the Hedgehog fans showed up in full force,” said Jeff Grossman, Paramount+ Executive Vice President, Programming. “We’re elated with the record-breaking premiere of KNUCKLES and the surge in popularity throughout the Sonic universe it has fueled.”

Nielsen results may be surprising, but Paramount’s ambitions for “Sonic the Hedgehog” to join franchises like “Transformers” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are well-known. Streaming mini-series returns demonstrate the potential for Sonic and his companions. To maintain this momentum, it’s crucial to continue delivering content that resonates with fans.

Sonic The Hedgehog Plays The Hits Over At Paramount

Sonic Franchise Hype Boosted by Knuckles Streaming Record
(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Despite previous films hinting at the larger SEGA franchise, “Sonic the Hedgehog 3” marks a significant expansion.

While Millennials have recently enjoyed a resurgence in pop culture, “Sonic Adventure 2” holds particular significance for fans of the Dreamcast-era game. It is expected to serve as a major source of inspiration for “Sonic the Hedgehog 3.”

“It’s super exciting,” Elba enthused. “It delves deeper into Sonic’s universe. I believe Sonic 3 is for diehard fans; they’ll find Easter eggs aplenty.”

This beloved game’s theatrical adaptation promises a thrilling experience later this year. Keanu Reeves’ voice as antihero Shadow the Hedgehog will likely draw crowds. It’s an ideal combination for Paramount and gamers alike. (Younger viewers will enjoy the spectacle, while nostalgic fans will be moved by the final battle soundtrack.) This plan presents numerous potential paths for the franchise, including a streaming series featuring Reeves on a motorcycle and wielding a gun.

Want To Catch Up With Knuckles?

Sonic Franchise Hype Boosted by Knuckles Streaming Record
(Photo: Paramount Pictures/Sega/Paramount+)

Paramount’s highly-acclaimed live-action series follows Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. Agreeing to mentor Wade (Adam Pally), he unveils the ways of an Echidna warrior to his protégé. The series unfolds between the events of “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2” and “SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3.”

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