The saga of DAHMER: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and its incredibly awkward title continues as it cements itself as one of Netflix’s most popular shows of the year and what could turn out to be Netflix’s most popular first season yet Any show this year, at today’s rates. While no, it doesn’t match Stranger Things Season 4’s numbers, it has racked up 299.8 million hours in the past week, and before that, it was close to 200 million. Thus, the show is about to reach half a billion hours watched by Netflix audiences since its debut. This is… wild.
Right now, nothing else is even close. Dahmer’s numbers were actually increasing week by week and his competition was shrinking. Dahmer’s 300 million hours is 6.6 times more than second-place Dynasty Season 5 with 44.6 million hours. After that, things really go downhill. Fate: Winx Saga season 2 has 26.4 million, Cobra Kai season 5 has 20.8 million. And so on. This goes to show that just because you see an order in Netflix’s top 10 list, the gaps between those shows can be huge, and in this case, that’s why Dahmer has been on top for so long.
If this were another show, Dahmer would have already greenlit a Season 2 announcement, but as a miniseries with a super solid ending, that’s not the case. Instead, it boosts the fortunes of Ryan Murphy, who’s already been paid big by Netflix, and star Evan Peters, who will no doubt find Netflix trying to nominate him for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (hopefully Niecy Nash)
Dahmer has been the source of endless controversy with many believing that Netflix should never have made the show, and if it did, it should have funneled some sort of money to the victim’s families. So far, Netflix has avoided these controversies by simply ignoring them, and as far as I can tell, hasn’t announced anything about the show’s handling of its subject or plans to donate to any fund. Netflix has dozens of True Crime shows, both fictional and documentary, so maybe the idea is that they don’t want to open Pandora’s Box here by admitting some kind of wrongdoing in profiting from real murders, a common practice for everyone. all of Hollywood.
However, the audience is what makes it a success. If no one was watching, this would “teach Netflix a lesson” in what it should and shouldn’t be adapting. But the opposite is happening, and despite the backlash, millions and millions of subscribers have made it one of the most popular shows of the year. If nothing else, it will encourage even more projects like this in the future.
When will interest in the show start to wane? Probably soon, but certainly not last week.
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