Netflix: ‘Baby Reindeer’ Remains No. 1 Despite High-Profile New Releases From Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Brady

“Baby Reindeer,” about comic Richard Gadd’s U.K. experience with a stalker, remained the most-watched Netflix title overall and on the English-language TV chart for the week ended May 5, with 18.6 million views. The limited series, which co-stars Jessica Gunning and Nava Mau, has tracked 73.6 million hours viewed since its debut. 

Unfrosted, Jerry Seinfeld’s directorial take on the origins of the breakfast Pop-Tart, was the most-streamed English-language movie with 7.1 million views. In addition to Seinfeld, the movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer and Hugh Grant, among others. 

The Spanish true crime limited series “The Asunta Case” kept the top spot on the non-English-language TV chart for a second week with 11.9 million views.

The Kuwaiti romantic comedy Honeymoonish debuted at No. 1 on the non-English-language movie chart with 14 million views — nearly twice the tally for Unfrosted — and was the No. 2 most-streamed title on Netflix overall.

Two live specials from the “Netflix is a Joke Fest” ranked on the English-language TV chart — a first for the streamer’s live content programming.

“Katt Williams: Woke Foke” ranked No. 4 on the English-language TV chart with 4 million views, and “The Roast of Tom Brady” ranked No. 6 with 2 million views. 

Separately, India’s “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,” the period drama from BAFTA winner Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which follows the lives, love, and tragedies of 1920s courtesans, bowed at No. 2 on the non-English-language TV chart with 4.5 million views. 

Also making its debut this week was “A Man in Full,” the new limited series from David. E Kelley starring Jeff Daniels and Diane Lane, which debuted in second place on the English-language TV chart with 6.3 million views. 

Two foreign limited series also made their chart debuts. The French comedy “Fiasco” landed in seventh place with 1.4 million views, and the South Korean romantic comedy,”Frankly Speaking” came in at No. 8 with 1.2 million views.

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Netflix to Release First Kuwaiti Series on Sept. 23

Netflix is expanding its original content production in the Middle East with the pending first-ever Kuwaiti dramedy series, “The Cage,” beginning Sept. 23.

The lighthearted dramedy, which features a Kuwaiti cast, including Khaled Ameen, Hussain AlMahdi, Rawan Mahdi, Lamya Tareq and Hessah Al-Nabhan, marks Netflix’s attempt to showcase more stories from the Arab world to global audiences.

“The Cage” is just the beginning for Netflix in Kuwait, with another high-profile project in the works that promises to deliver a fresh perspective from that part of the world.

In the show, Ameen plays a social counselor who is working with a married couple, played by AlMahdi and Mahdi, to address their differences and better understand each other’s perspective to save their marriage. While the counselor is helping them reconnect, he’s facing his struggles in his personal life, too. 

Following the couple and the evolution of their relationship across 10 years, the eight-episode series offers a fresh take on tackling marital challenges in the Arab world, in a lighthearted and relatable way.

The show is produced by Abdullah Boushahri and directed by Jasem Almuhanna.

Netflix ended the most-recent fiscal period with 72.97 million subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. That was up 4.27 million subs from the previous-year period, but down 770,000 subs from the first quarter, ended March 31.

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