Showrunner Ryan Murphy’s disturbing limited series “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” topped Netflix’s English TV List for the third week in a row, with 205.33 million hours viewed across 92 countries for the week ended Oct. 9. The series is now Netflix’s second- most-popular English language series of all time (701.37 million hours viewed) behind “Stranger Things” season four (1.35 billion hours viewed) after just three weeks.
That said, the series, about an infamous serial killer who killed and sexually tortured 17 men and boys in the Milwaukee area between 1978 and 1991, has generated backlash in the media from some family members whose sons were among Dahmer’s victims. While Netflix was not required to contact the victims’ families since the material was a matter of public record, the streamer did remove the LGBTQ moniker from the show’s home page marketing.
Among English-language movies, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, which Murphy also produced, debuted at No. 2 on the chart with 35.42 million hours viewed across 91 countries.
Not surprisingly, Netflix’s “Conversations With a Killer” documentary series saw “The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes” (31.4 million hours viewed) and “The John Wayne Gacy Tapes” (8.86 million hours viewed) both enter the top 10.
“The Midnight Club” (18.79 million hours viewed), Mike Flanagan’s latest horror series, which recently broke the in a premiere episode, also reached the chart. Season 3 of “Bling Empire” entered the list with 15.21 million hours viewed. In its fifth week “Cobra Kai” accumulated 13.53 million hours. Australian teen reboot “Heartbreak High” had 9.48 million hours viewed.
“The Empress,” a German-language historical drama about the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who has been compared to the latter-day Princess of Wales, stayed atop the non-English-language TV List with 59.43 million hours viewed across 88 countries. Polish drama “High Water” debuted at No. 2 with 45.84 million hours viewed across 78 countries.
Korean content continues to attract streamers. “Little Women” (23.58 million hours viewed), “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” (12.22 million hours viewed), “Alchemy of Souls” (9.78 million hours viewed), “Young Lady and Gentleman” (8.52 million hours viewed) and “Narco-Saints” (7.58 million hours viewed) all ranked among the top 10.
Mila Kunis, Ana de Armas, Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett, as well as the U.S. men’s basketball team, ruled the English-language movies chart. Based on The New York Times best-seller of the same name by Jessica Knoll, Luckiest Girl Alive debuted at No. 1 with 43.08 million hours viewed across 91 countries. It was followed by the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde (17.41 million hours viewed), Lou (12.6 million hours viewed), and sports documentary The Redeem Team, featuring Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, as well as a look back at Kobe Bryant (7.85 million hours viewed).
African fantasy-drama Aníkúlápó finished No. 1 on the non-English language films list with 8.73 million hours viewed across 24 countries. New German horror film Old People (6.48 million hours viewed), Uruguay drama Togo (4.14 million hours viewed), Italian romantic comedy Jumping from High Places (3.7 million hours viewed) and Brazil 2002: Behind the Scenes of Brazil’s Fifth FIFA World Cup Victory (1.77 million hours viewed) all made the list.