Jeffrey Dahmer’s Netflix show “Monster” unsettles Twitter

Netflix was the most talked about streaming service for the week of September 19-25 thanks to the debut of Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Created by Ryan Murphy, the series rose to the top diversity is Trending TV chart after debuting full season on September 23 with more than 918,000 engagements on Twitter.

Over the weekend, the show rocketed to #1 on the streamer’s most-watched list in countries around the world. While some learned more about the real-life serial killer’s story through Evan Peters’ portrayal, others asked viewers not to fantasize about him or romanticize the killer solely because of the actor portraying the character. Many more urged people to remember the victims: the 17 men and boys Dahmer was convicted of killing in 1992.

The 10-episode limited series is one of several projects Murphy has overseen as part of his overall Netflix deal, which is reportedly in the $250-$300 million range. Other projects he has brought to the streamer since signing the deal in 2018 include Ratched, The Politician, The Prom and Hollywood.

Second place went to NBC’s online aftermath of last week’s Emmys. The awards show, which had its lowest-ever viewership while it aired on September 19, saw an additional 489,000 engagements this week – a sharp drop from last week’s 18 million engagements.

Rounding out the top 3 was the Academy Awards on ABC with more than 460,000 engagements. The surge was due to the conversation surrounding this year’s contestants, as the actors revealed which categories they are submitting their work in. One particular category that got Twitter heated was Best Actress, which is expected to include entries from Viola Davis (“The Woman King”). , Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”), Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Michelle Yeoh (“Everywhere At Once”) and Ana de Armas (“Blonde”).

In fourth place with almost 300,000 engagements was ABC’s Abbott Elementary, the Quinta Brunson-created workplace comedy about a group of teachers at an underfunded public school. The second season premiered on September 21, days after the series won three of the seven Emmys for which it was nominated.

Fans were also delighted with the recurring guest role of Leslie Odom Jr. and the surprise premiere cameo appearance of Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, who stopped by the school on the students’ first day of class.

“There are a lot of people who could be iconic in Philadelphia. There’s a lot of people who could be loved in Philadelphia. None of them come close to the love and admiration that Gritty has,” said recent Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph diversity after the episode.

The debut of Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke as adult versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent respectively in the sixth episode of House of the Dragon also attracted interest this week. The HBO series hit the charts at number five this week with almost 244,000 engagements on Twitter. The episode featured a 10-year time jump that brought on the internal strife within House Targaryen first written about in George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood.

Another conversation starter was The Witcher on Netflix. The streaming service announced the release date of season 3 as well as the release date of spinoff series The Witcher: Blood Origin during its Tudum fan event on Sept. 24. The new show debuts on Christmas Day, while the original fantasy starring Henry Cavill returns in Summer 2023.

Both shows saw a surge in Twitter engagements following the announcements as the franchise remains strong for the streamer. In addition to the Blood Origin limited series, an anime feature and a family-friendly in-universe show are also planned.

Netflix also announced the premiere date of season 5 of The Crown during Tudum, earning an additional 159,000 engagements for the series. A few weeks ago, the show topped the trending charts following the death of Queen Elizabeth. Now fans are sharing cast photos and speculating on the theme of the new season ahead of its November 9 release.

The latest Star Wars series, Andor, also burst onto the Disney+ charts this week, racking up just over 156,000 engagements after its three-episode debut on September 21. Fans and critics have praised the two-season limited series for moving away from its traditional “Star Wars” TV model and focusing on characters outside of the Mandalorian/Skywalker worlds.

“While ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘Boba Fett’ and ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ weaved their biggest revelations into the larger fabric of the Lucasfilm universe, ‘Andor’ doesn’t rush towards the moments that might make fans gasp in appreciation ,” wrote diversity Chief TV critic Caroline Framke in her review.

“Instead, it does something even more surprising: it tells the story of people who have nothing to do with Solos, Skywalkers or Palpatines, but whose lives matter nonetheless.”

Rounding out this week’s charts were two other Netflix entries: longtime chart-topping “Heartstopper” with nearly 122,000 engagements and “Bridgerton” with nearly 113,000 engagements.

The former series announced that it had started production on its second season – news that passionate fans were happy to share online. Bridgerton, meanwhile, sparked talks after Netflix released the first official footage of the prequel series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story during the Tudum event. Jeffrey Dahmer’s Netflix show “Monster” unsettles Twitter

Charles Jones

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