‘Dahmer’ is Netflix’s second most-watched English-language show
Dahmer has been planted at No. 1 on Netflix for weeks now, and it’s crossed half a billion hours watched. Now, new data reveals new heights for the serial killer drama. With 701.37 million hours watched, Dahmer is Netflix’s second most-watched English-language series of all time and fourth in any language. Soon it will be great there.
Netflix measures this for data within the first 28 days of release, presumably to try and compare apples to apples when some shows are brand new and others have been on the air for years. With that in mind, here’s the list as it stands, with Dahmer’s inclusion:
- Squid Game season 1 – 1.65 billion hours
- Stranger Things season 4 – 1.35 billion hours
- Money Heist season 5 – 792.23 million hours
- Dahmer – 701.37 million hours
- Bridgerton season 2 – 656.25 million hours
There are nine days left in Dahmer’s first 28-day window to rack up more watch time, and its current trajectory suggests it will overtake Money Heist by the end of it, but Stranger Things is out of reach. Still, the series far exceeded anyone’s expectations, maybe not to the level of a surprise hit like Squid Game, but at least… half as much, as you can see.
The list also suggests a wide gap between #1 and #2 on the site currently, as Mike Flanagan’s The Midnight Club, released on October 7, has only racked up 18.79 million hours over the course of the year. weekend, suggesting some level of underperformance even though it sits at #2. In short, Dahmer absolutely dominates everything else on the roster, as it has since its inception. Nothing has come close to knocking him down yet.
Unlike all the other shows on the most viewed list, it is impossible for Dahmer to have a second season and it was never planned. Netflix will no doubt try to squeeze a few Emmys out of it in the limited series category, and it remains to be seen how they’ll try to build on its success like they have with all of its other big hits. Despite being such a sensitive topic, focusing on a real killer whose victims still have surviving family members (many of whom protested the series), Netflix chose to ignore all this pushback and focuses only on the audience it has attracted. I absolutely wouldn’t get past them if they tried to get Team Dahmer to face off against Ed Gein or John Wayne Gacy, other killers briefly featured on the show. But nothing like that has been announced yet.
As for what will eventually topple Dahmer at the end of his viewing hours, I honestly don’t see anything that stands out over the next few weeks unless The Crown returns for Season 5 on November 9th. He will surely not stay on top this long but… maybe? Never say never, because this show has already exceeded anyone’s wildest expectations.
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