Netflix: ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ Limited Series Now No. 2 Most-Streamed English-Language Series Ever

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 Guinness World Record for most jump scares 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. 

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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. 

Show About Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Tops Netflix Weekly Streaming Chart

Netflix streamers apparently love serial killers and predators. From “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” and “The Tinder Swindler” to “Worst Roommate Ever,” the SVOD pioneer has cranked out limited series about death and mayhem with aplomb.

The trend continues with the debut of “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” showcasing the infamous Milwaukee cannibalistic psychopath who killed and sexually abused 17 men and boys from 1978 t0 1991.

The program topped the streamer’s English language TV List with 196.2 million hours viewed across 92 countries for the week ended Sept. 25. The series easily topped the second season ofFate: The Winx Saga,” with 60.97 million hours viewed. The first season re-entered the chart at No. 5 spot with 20.25 million hours viewed.

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The fifth season of “Cobra Kai” generated 38.12 million hours viewed to round out the podium. Seasons one and two of “The Crown” remained on the list with 25.69 million (No. 4) and 17.52 million (No. 7) hours viewed, respectively.

Among English-language movies, Do Revenge moved up to the No. 1 spot with 42.55 million hours viewed across 93 countries in its second week of release. The Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett starrer Lou made its debut at No. 2 with 40.5 million hours streamed across 93 countries. Third place went to Mark Wahlberg in Father Stu with 13 million hours in its debut week.

British music drama I Used to be Famous came in fourth with 11.63 million hours viewed, followed by Tyler Perry’s romantic drama A Jazzman Blues, starring newcomers Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer, with 7.82 million hours viewed. 

The non-English language TV chart included four Korean titles: “Narco-Saints” (27.44 million hours viewed), “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” (16.89 million hours), “Little Women” (15.02 million) and “Young Lady and Gentleman” (14.74 million).

Topping the list was Mexican drama “El Rey, Vicente Fernández” with 33.34 million hours viewed, while Mexican thriller “Diary of a Gigolo” (18.02 million hours) finished No. 3.

Returning favorite French drama No Limit finished No. 3 on the non-English language Films List with 5.8 million hours viewed. New German thriller The Perfumier (9.38 million hours) and French drama Athena (6.92 million) topped the podium.

Netflix: ‘The Sea Beast’ Breaks Animated Movie Viewing Record; ‘Stranger Things 4’ Powers On

Animated adventure The Sea Beaslanded in the No. 1 spot (two weeks in a row) on the English Films List and holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an animated film with 68.11 million through July 19, according to data from Netflix.

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Williams, the film was in the top 10 in 93 countries. Meanwhile, based on the timeless love story by Jane Austen, Persuasion debuted at No. 2 with 28.72 million hours viewed. Starring Dakota Johnson and Henry Golding, the film appeared in the top 10 in 87 countries.

Subscribers also revisited their favorites on the list, including Girl in the Picture (23.59 million hours viewed), The Man From Toronto (13.5 million hours viewed) and Hustle (6.45 million hours viewed) for the sixth straight week in the top 10, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (6.17 million hours viewed). 

“Stranger Things” season four continued to top the English TV List. In its eighth week, the series pulled in an additional 102.33 million hours viewed, making it the most viewed title of the week. The cultural phenomenon now has 1.31 billion hours viewed on the Most Popular list. Meanwhile, the first three seasons have held steady with 31.54 million hours viewed, 33.79 million hours viewed and 33.05 million hours viewed, respectively.

Fans stepped into New Raccoon City as the legendary “Resident Evil” franchise entered the list in the second spot with 72.67 million hours viewed. The thriller was within the top 10 in 92 countries. Season three of “The Umbrella Academy” had 27.25 million hours viewed. Families spent the weekend with “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.” Starring Jack Black and Rita Ora, the animated series had 21.18 million hours viewed. “Boo, Bitch” took on a life of its own. Starring Lana Condor, the limited series had 20.61 million hours viewed. 

On the non-English Films side, fans flocked to new entrants including Spanish action-adventure Valley of the Dead (17.84 million hours viewed), Italian rom-com Under the Amalfi Sun (6.47 million hours viewed), German documentary My Daughter’s Killer (6.42 million hours viewed) and Indian comedy Love Goals (3.25 million hours viewed). Returning to the list was French drama Dangerous Liaisons with 16.23 million hours viewed and Tawainese horror movie Incantation with 10.85 million hours viewed. Indian films RRR and Major held steady on the list.  

In its second week, Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” held the No. 1 spot on the non-English TV list with 45.58 million hours viewed. Spanish thriller “The Longest Night” with 24.2 million hours viewed, Korean drama “Alchemy of Souls”  with 14.64 million hours viewed, and Mexican drama “Control Z”  with 13.09 million hours viewed had staying power. Brazilian drama “Sintonia,” Spanish romantic drama “Alba,” Korean drama “Remarriage & Desires,” and Luxembourgian drama “Capitani” entered the top 10 list for the first time. 

Netflix: ‘Ozark: Season 4,’ ‘Senior Year’ Top Quiet Streaming Week

The final season of family crime drama “Ozark” and original movie Senior Year topped Netflix’s most-viewed English-language content for the week ended May 15.

The streamer said subscribers in 68 countries consumed 48.6 million hours of “Ozark.” Despite the show’s critical acclaim and popularity, including making Julia Garner a star, “Ozark” does rank among Netflix’s top 10 most-viewed English-language series ever.

Among movies, Senior Year, which stars Rebel Wilson as a 37-year-old woman who wakes up from a 20-year coma to return to high-school as a popular cheerleader, the comedy generated 55.9 million hours across 93 countries in its weekly debut.

The tally was enough to best Netflix’s newest true-crime documentary, Our Father, about a fertility clinic/doctor gone mad. The doc tabulated 23.8 million hours streamed across 55 countries in its debut.

Regardless, the top movie and TV show generated a combined 104.5 million hours, which was less than the 129 million combined hours from the previous-week period.

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Netflix: ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ Tops Weekly English-Language Streaming Chart

The original Netflix series “Anatomy of a Scandal” generated more than 75.5 million hours across 89 countries in its second week of release to lead the streamer’s most-viewed English-language episodic series for the week ended April 24.

The show about a sexual consent scandal among British privileged elite trumped perennial chart topper “Bridgerton” season two with 46.1 million hours across 78 countries in its fifth week of release. The Shonda Rhimes’ period romance still leads Netflix’s most-viewed English language content with 656.1 million hours streamed in the first 28 days of release.

Rounding out the podium was “Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes,” which generated 37.4 million hours across 37 countries in its first week of release.

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Among Netflix English-language movies, the horror film Choose or Die topped the chart with 15.2 million hours across 90 countries in a slow second week release. That bested The In Between with 13.3 million hours across 77 countries in its third week, and White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, with 9.9 million hours streamed across 19 countries.

The movies did little to change Netflix’s chart of most-streamed English-language movies, as actioner Red Notice continues to lead the pack with 364 million hours consumed after 28 days.

Netflix: Sci-Fi Dark Comedy ‘Don’t Look Up’ Tops Weekly Streaming Chart

Netflix’s new original sci-fi dark comedy Don’t Look Up topped the streamer’s weekly top 10 chart (through Dec. 26) with 111 million hours viewed across 94 countries. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett, the movie showcases two low-level astronomers embarking on a global media tour to warn people about a planet-killing comet hurtling toward earth.

The movie dwarfed the previous week’s chart topper, The Unforgivable, starring Sandra Bullock, which tracked more than 26 million hours in its third week of release. The drama, with 186.9 million hours after three weeks, marks Bullock’s second movie after Bird Box (282 million hours) to rank among Netflix’s top 10 most popular English-language films within its first 28 days of release.

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Other Netflix charting titles included: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (26.5 million hours), Back to the Outback (24.7 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming (20 million), The Christmas Chronicles (12.9 million), Red Notice (12.1 million), A California Christmas: City Lights (11.6 million), The Christmas Chronicles Part Two (10.9 million) and A Boy Called Christmas (9.1 million).