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The old narrative of Netflix “saving” shows from network cancellation hasn’t really been a thing for a while, even though it’s what we always used to associate with the channel back when it was giving us new seasons of Arrested Development and such.

But there is one more recent and more prominent example, which would be Lucifer. The FOX series was cancelled on that network after three seasons, but after a whole lot of fan petitioning and behind the scenes deals, Netflix scooped it up for season 4. Season 5 has just debuted and season 6, the last one, is already greenlit.

Lucifer season 5 has already rocketed to become the #1 offering on Netflix, blowing past The Legend of Korra, which was previously the #1 show, and also Project Power, the movie that has been sitting at #1 on the service for a week now.

The show, which follows the Lord of Hell leaving his domain and heading to Los Angeles, has not just a passionate fanbase, but an increasingly large one now that Lucifer has become a Netflix original, as evidenced by it snagging the top spot with ease here.

The show has been sort of all over the place in terms of season length, as you can see from the breakdown:

Season 1 (FOX) – 13 episodes

Season 2 (FOX) – 18 episodes

Season 3 (FOX) – 26 episodes

Season 4 (Netflix) – 10 episodes

Season 5 (Netflix) – 8 episodes for now, and apparently 8 more to come later with the season being split in half.

Netflix episodes also have a tendency to be longer than FOX episodes were, based around commercial breaks and tight nightly schedules, and so these days the episodes are more like 55 minutes versus 43 minutes. So yes, technically Lucifer season 5 may end up having close to as much total footage as 26 episodes of season 3, when all 16 episodes are out.

The critical take on Lucifer is pretty interesting. Season 1 seems to be the most hated, with it getting only a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, while surprisingly, seasons 2, 3 and 4 all have perfect 100%s after that, as it seems to have found its footing. With early reviews in for season 5, it’s down to an 86%, but only 7 reviews have been scored total. The user score is a much, much higher 98%, better than any other season before it.

Lucifer seems like a rare total win for everyone involved. Fans got more seasons, the cast got to keep their jobs at least three years after they were supposed to be cancelled, Netflix got a new hit series and we all once again got to laugh at FOX for cancelling a great series too soon for the 85th time. Win-win-win. We’ll see how long it hangs on to this #1 spot.