The ratings have come in for the Legend of Korra season 2 premiere, and the numbers are lower than expected.

The Legend of Korra season 2 premiered on Friday night with two highly-anticipated episodes; unfortunately, the numbers are less than exciting. According to Nick and More, only 2.6 million viewers tuned in to the watch the first two episodes of the season, “Rebel Spirit” and “The Southern Lights.”

In contrast, The Legend of Korra‘s series premiere in April of last year pulled in 4.5 million viewers. The show’s lowest-rated episode of the first season recieved 2.9 million viewers, and overall averaged about 3.5 million viewers per episode. The Legend of Korra‘s healthy viewership made it one of Nickelodeon’s highest-rated shows for last year.

Multiple factors could have contributed to the uninspiring ratings for The Legend of Korra season 2 premiere. Due to the long hiatus between Book 1 (which concluded in June of 2012) and Book 2, many fans may not be aware that The Legend of Korra has returned.

The change in time slot may also have effected the ratings; while season 1 played on Saturday mornings, The Legend of Korra season 2 now airs on Friday evenings at 7 pm. Many fans may also be opting to view the show online via Nick.com, or purchasing season 2 on iTunes or Amazon.

Nick and More also commented that:

Da7e Gonzales of Republic City Dispatch also weighed in, reminding fans that “there are two more Books coming that Nickelodeon is already spending money on.” While fans of The Legend of Korra should make an effort to watch the show live, the lower ratings is not a sign of a Korrapocalypse.

The Legend of Korra season 2 will continue this Saturday with episode 2×03, “Civil Wars, Part 1.”

If the ratings news leaves with a need for cheer-bending, check out Hypable’s SeptBender celebration! All throughout the month of September, we are posting daily articles celebrating The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the incredible fandom – so we’re here for you guys whenever you need us!

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Edited by Brandi Delhagen