Netflix is releasing some viewing numbers aka ratings.
Their number one show was not “Tiger King,” despite so much publicity that it choked the public and clawed at our reason.
No, it was Mark Wahlberg’s “Spenser Confidential,” based on the work of the late great Robert Parker, that was most popular. “Spenser” scored 85 million views.
“Tiger King,” a seven part series about America’s under-under belly, was far behind with 64 million.
“Love is Blind” came in third with 30 million.
Netflix counts a household as having viewed a title if it was watched for at least two minutes. Regular TV has a different formula measured by Nielsen.
Netflix added a net 15.77 million paid streaming customers in the first quarter of 2020 thanks everyone being housebound.
The streamer said it had 182.9 million paid subscribers globally as of the end of Q1, up 22.8% from a year earlier. The company had originally told investors it expected to add 7.0 million subs in the quarter, but that was before COVID-19 kept millions of people on their couches.
“[O]ur membership growth has temporarily accelerated due to home confinement,” Netflix said in its quarterly shareholder letter. “Some cash spending on content will be delayed, improving our free cash flow, and some title releases will be delayed, typically by a quarter.”