As it turns out, people have been obsessed with Ryan Murphy‘s adaptation of Jeffrey Dahmer’s story. Evan Peters takes on the title role and has seemingly pulled in quite the audience throughout the weeks, as the series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is now Netflix’s second-biggest English TV show of all time. In its third week, the series has held on the top 10 spot. With 701.37 million hours viewed, the series is only behind Stranger Things 4, which stands at an amazing 1.35 billion hours viewed within 28 days.
As of now, the latest Netflix drama has been viewed more times than the first two seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ hit series Bridgerton in just four weeks. Squid Game still remains the undisputed record holder with 1.65 billion ours viewed in 28 days, but Netflix makes a distinction between its English-language and foreign-language projects when it structures its Top 10 lists.
It’s crazy to see the popularity of this story, as the ten episodes follow the real-life serial killer who went on to kill 17 people between 1978 and 1991. While the series is massive with viewers, the fact that it has a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes is quite an interesting development. It’s not uncommon that fans and critics have different feelings about projects, as the Transformers franchise went on to be critically hated but still was a sure-fire win at the box office.
Yet, Dahmer may have also pulled in audiences due to the controversies of adapting a story that isn’t too long ago and still shows real-world repercussions to this day. The recency of this story and the curiosity surrounding it may have drawn in quite a few eyes, especially with some of the reactions that we’ve seen online.