Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Is Netflix’s Second-Most-Watched English Series
Fans of the unsettling drama series “Dahmer,” which stars Evan Peters as the notorious killer cannibal, continue to stream it in record numbers on Netflix.
With 701.37 million hours seen, the limited series has overtaken “Stranger Things 4” as the second most-watched English-language Netflix series of all time. “Stranger Things 4” received 1.35 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days. In its first four weeks on the service, “Dahmer” has now amassed more watch time than seasons 1 and 2 of Shonda Rhimes’ “Bridgerton.”
“Squid Game,” a South Korean surprise success that amassed 1.65 billion hours of viewing in its first 28 days on the service, continues to hold the record for the most hours seen in the first four weeks of any Netflix TV program.
The 10-episode television series “Monster,” which debuted on Sept. 21, tells the tale of the Milwaukee serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
The narrative is primarily from the perspective of Dahmer’s victims. According to Netflix’s description of the episode, the series also looks at “the systemic racism and institutional failures” of the Wisconsin police that “allowed one of America’s most notorious serial killers to continue his killing spree in plain sight for over a decade.”
“Monster” is a favorite among Netflix subscribers, but critics have blasted the program, giving it a 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Caroline Framke, a TV critic for Variety, said that the limited series was “typical.” She also called it “a gloomy, sepia-toned slog that hardly justifies its own existence.”
Nothing new on the charts is even close to how dominant “Dahmer” has been. In contrast to other shows, “Dahmer” rarely receives further seasons. If the show wins an Emmy, it will be intriguing to watch how Netflix expands on it.
Netflix went on to amuse a certain audience who was curious to learn more about the real-life serial killer. Living relatives of the victims came out in force in protest. But as things are, “Dahmer” is igniting the scene.
Other Top-Rated Shows
According to the streaming service, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, a horror film directed by Ryan Murphy that received 35.42 million hours of viewing after its launch on October 5, debuted at No. 2 on the list of the Top 10 English Films.
“Luckiest Girl Alive,” starring Mila Kunis and based on Jessica Knoll’s best-selling book of the same name, topped the chart for the week with 43.08 million hours of viewing (and was in the Top 10 in 91 countries). For the week of October 3–9, “Blonde,” featuring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, attracted 17.41 million hours of viewing (for a total of 54.75 million hours over the two weeks since its Sept. 28 premiere).
The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes (31.4 million hours viewed) and “The John Wayne Gacy Tapes” (8.86 million hours viewed), two of the “Conversations With a Killer” documentary series’ installments, both made it into the Top 10 for the week on the English TV chart, demonstrating the Netflix subscribers’ keen interest in the series.
The most current horror series from Mike Flanagan, “The Midnight Club” (18.79 million hours watched), which just broke the Guinness World Record for the most jump scares in a debut episode, also made it into the top 10.
With 59.43 million hours seen, “The Empress,” a German historical drama about the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, maintained its top spot among non-English TV shows. “High Water,” a Polish drama, entered the Top 10 list at No. 2 with 45.84 million hours watched. “Little Women” (23.58 million hours), “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” (12.22 million hours), “Alchemy of Souls” (9.78 million hours), “Young Lady and Gentleman” (8.52 million hours), and “Narco-Saints” were still in the top 10 non-English TV shows for the week of October 3–9. (7.58 million hours).