May 31st, 2013
02:42 PM ET
Between the mixed reviews of the new "Arrested Development" episodes and Netflix's past dancing around the topic, the chance of more episodes arriving didn't seem too likely.
But in fact, Netflix, which unleashed a 15-episode fourth season of "Arrested" to a deprived Internet on Sunday, has said that a fifth season isn't out of the question.
CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC Wednesday that in spite of the negative critical response, "fans have loved" the addition to the "Arrested" series, and that creator Mitch Hurwitz's offering met all of the company's high expectations.
"It's not easy to bring something back after seven years," Hastings said. "We were just thrilled with the response, it's been huge - just as we had hoped."
He didn't give any numbers to back up just how "huge" of a fanbase the new "Arrested" episodes have brought in, but emphasized that next day ratings don't matter online as much as they do with TV.
"The reason we're not doing ratings is because we really want to focus on over the first year. We're really not trying to get people to all watch it the first day something comes out; Netflix is about being able to watch when you want, not having to watch at a certain time like linear TV is," Hastings said. "We're really not focused on the day one ratings, it's really over the first year."
So would Netflix welcome another season? Sure - if the creative team is up for it.
"'Arrested's' unique, because that's really up to the talent," Hastings said. "If the talent were willing to do more and interested in that, I'm sure we would be willing."
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