Disney Is Looking To Get More People Interested In Star Wars: Andor After Terrible Start

Star Wars: Andor will air on ABC, FX, Freeform, and Hulu in addition to Disney+

By Jennifer Asencio | Published

Star Wars: Andor has broken a few records since its premiere, some of them a little questionable or surprising for the franchise. The show got off to a rocky start, ranking lowest among franchise properties for both demand and viewership. As interest in the show has improved, however, Disney is expanding the broadcast of the show, per a tweet from the official account.

As the show has received more acclaim, even being compared to The Empire Strikes Back, Disney has decided to introduce it to more viewers. They will be airing the first two episodes of Star Wars: Andor on Disney-owned channels ABC, FX, and Freeform over Thanksgiving and also streaming it on Hulu. This move will air the show to audiences who will be home for the holiday, in a bid to get more people to watch the rest of it on the streaming service.

The first two episodes of Star Wars: Andor will be presented on ABC on Wednesday, November 23 at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night it will be shown on FX at 9 p.m., and Black Friday will see it aired on Freeform at 9 p.m. Hulu will be streaming these episodes from November 23 to December 7.

The story is about the hero of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Cassian Andor, and his hero’s journey from underworld operative to rebel icon. Its gritty approach to the Star Wars universe was not well-received at first and included moments that were jarring to long-time fans such as a brothel scene in the opening episode and a word that hasn’t been heard before in the galaxy far, far away. The tone of the show is more mature than a lot of fans are used to.

However, as the series progressed, it began to build up popularity. More viewers have been enjoying this new approach as it explores parts of the Star Wars universe we have never seen before through Cassian Andor’s exploits.

Instead of seeing great families, high-ranked politicians, and a powerful order of magical monks fighting the Empire, the latest offering from the Star Wars franchise has brought us into the world of the regular people who fight behind the scenes so that figures such as Princess Leia can, for example, obtain the plans for the Death Star.

The covert movements of rebel strategies were the subject of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was written by Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy. The movie tells the story of Cassian Andor’s last mission, but the show expands upon this theme by showing audiences how he got into the position to provide the Rebellion with such vital information. This includes a great deal of character development that grows more apparent as the show weaves through its three story arcs.

Because of the rising popularity of Star Wars: Andor, a second season has been confirmed, so this airing will also give new fans a chance to anticipate the future of the show. Currently, all episodes can be seen on Disney+, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story can be rented from Amazon Prime.