Friday, May 24, 2024

Netflix Releases Numbers and Surprise! “Tiger King” With All Its Publicity Was Second to Mark Wahlberg Detective Movie


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.”



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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