Netflix series tops Nielsen streaming charts
Netflix keeps its viewership close to the chest, but Neilsen’s latest ratings prove that not only are some of their recent shows pulling huge numbers, but the shows they’ve acquired from more mainstream networks are paying off. Deadline reports that Lucifer, which has just completed its six seasons (the streaming service acquired the former fantasy drama Fox for its fourth season and beyond) totaled 1.05 billion minutes viewed in the week of September 6-12.
However, despite these impressive numbers, Lucifer was edged out in first place by another Netflix original. Click bait, a thriller with EntourageAdrian Grenier was number one with 1.1 billion listening minutes that week. It is also important to note that if Lucifer has 93 episodes available to stream, Click bait only has 8. Manifesto, another drama Netflix saved from NBC cancellation, topped the top three with 831 million minutes aired in 42 episodes.
Click bait was huge for Netflix straight away, jumping straight to # 1 in the streaming series in the early days of its release, and it’s still a hot topic. Reviews of the show have been mixed, but many fans seem to have been hooked by its premise. Click bait is a drama about the cognitive dissonance of social media and the divide between a person’s behavior online and in real life. It stars Zoe Kazan, Betty Gabriel, Phoenix Raei, Abraham Lim, and Motell G. Foster.
The series has touched many viewers who are in awe of how social media has fundamentally changed society on so many levels. However, as with any divisive topic, some are not quite happy with the description here. Click bait was created by Tony Ayres and Christian White, with Ayres as the showrunner. The series is set in the United States, but was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. It mainly follows Pia Brewer (Kazan) trying to unravel the mystery of the kidnapping of her brother Nick (Attic). The day after his argument with Nick, he appears in a viral video manhandled, holding a sign saying: “At 5 million views, I die”. The show grapples with online impulse control, fame traps, and the ethics of punishing abusers, although many critics believe that one or more of these topics were not fully addressed in series.