The series did fairly well in the beginning, being in the top 10 for English-language TV series.
Netflix announced the cancelation of First Kill after airing its first season.
The streamer showed the red flag after the series underperformed against two key renewal metrics, viewing and completion of episodes, reported Deadline.
‘First Kill’ Canceled By Netflix After One Season https://t.co/GYa1a2LEAc— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 3, 2022
Written by Felicia D. Henderson and best-selling author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, First Kill was based on a short story by Schwab. As a legacy vampire, teenager Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) is destined to make her first kill and take her place in the family. But when she meets Calliope (Imani Lewis), the new girl in town, the two start to fall in love. The problem? Calliope's family has a destiny all its own, and it just so happens to be hunting vampires. With both young women preparing for their (very different) first kills, their love will be put to the test. With fate working against them—and even their parents forbidding them from being together—Juliette and Calliope will have to decide what kind of lives they want.
Sarah Catherine Hook reacts to ‘First Kill’ being canceled by Netflix:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 3, 2022
“So many of you connecting with Juliette means more to me than words can say. Thank you to all who loved & supported our special show. Love you forever, Jules ❤️” pic.twitter.com/AhT1GunLzl
The series also starred Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubion Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings Jr., MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen, and Roberto Mendez. Henderson, who served as showrunner, executive produced alongside creator Schwab as well as Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss through Belletrist Productions.
First Kill pulled numbers like these with a low budget and they still got canceled?? Yeah, netflix hates anything wlw pic.twitter.com/IoKUdJlnzF— em 🧸 (@hereticstribrid) August 3, 2022
The series did fairly well in the beginning, finding its way into the top 10 for English-language TV series within its first three days of release, and ranking No. 7 (No. 3 non-Stranger Things title) with 30.3M hours viewed. The show accelerated to No. 3 in its first full week of release with 48.8M hours viewed, only behind Stranger Things 4 and Peaky Blinders Season 6, and spent one more week in the Top 10 before falling off. The series easily cleared 100M hours viewed in its first 28 days of release.
To all the First Kill fans; I have nothing but love for every single one of you! Thank you all for taking the show in as your own, seeing you all feel seen made all the hard work and hours worth it🏽❤️til the next project 🚀— Dominic D. Goodman (@dominicdgoodman) August 3, 2022
In a post confirming the cancelation, series cast member Goodman expressed gratitude towards the show’s fanbase. “I have nothing but love for every single one of you!” Goodman wrote. “Thank you all for taking the show in as your own, seeing you all feel seen made all the hard work and hours worth it.”
Even the fans were highly disappointed with the announcement as they called the show unique. Some fans even called out Netflix and noted the action was unreasonable.
there was literally no reason to cancel first kill. it had more than 30 million views in its first week and more than 40 million it’s second, it was trending on twitter for weeks before and after it’s release and it was in the top 10 shows in over 80 countries for several weeks— ari 🩰 (@GEORGlAWARRSTAN) August 3, 2022
i am not okay with this, gypsy, teenage bounty hunters, everything sucks, and now first kill...netflix really hates lesbians— jj (@shalifoefc) August 3, 2022
netflix never wanted to renew first kill… they never cared about the views or the fact that it reached top 2 next to fucken stranger things! they didn’t care that it trended on twitter almost everyday since it released. and they especially never cared about a wlw show— bree (@topazgotjuice) August 3, 2022
netflix cancelling every single sapphic show, but they do not touch the gay ones even though they do bad like fuck off. and you can't even say first kill did bad, no it did even BETTER than(for example) heartstopper that got a two seasons renewal. fucking insane I have no words— ariツ HIT AFTER FUCKING HIT AFTER FUCKING HIT (@bryantshosie_) August 3, 2022