The Viewership Data For ‘Tiger King’ Is Legitimately Staggering As It’s Pulling Bigger Numbers Than ‘Stranger Things’
I have a confession to make, so let’s just keep this between me and you: I’ve yet to watch Tiger King.
I tossed it on last week and got through about one-and-a-half episodes before the pure, uncut chaotic anxiety energy of Joe Exotic and his merry band of weirdos just became too much for me to handle in our current situation. Of all the times to introduce absolute filth-covered anarchy into my life, this very moment ranks near the bottom. Do I feel left out of the cultural conversation? Sort of? The series has been so widely integrated into the pop culture zeitgeist that I feel like I’ve seen the entire docuseries without actually seeing it.
The data behind Tiger King‘s rise is as staggering as the swiftness in which it exploded, as Variety is reporting that the gonzo-tiger-murder docuseries pulled in 34 million viewers in the United States alone in its first ten days. For context, that’s a bigger opening than Stranger Things 2, which pulled in 31.2 million in its first ten days (it falls just below Stranger Things 3, though, which pulled in 36.3 million viewers).
On an average per-minute basis, Tiger King pulled in an audience of 19.0 million among U.S. viewers from March 20-29, Nielsen reported. That also was higher than Stranger Things 2.
Buzz built quickly for the show, with Tiger King’s daily average minute audiences jumping to over 1 million by day three; 2 million by day seven; and 4 million by day nine. From March 20-29, it was the No. 1 most-tweeted TV show tracked by Nielsen over that time period, with 1.8 million total organic (nonpaid) interactions on Twitter about Tiger King. [via Variety]
With reports of new Tiger King content on the way, it doesn’t look like the latest Netflix powerhouse is going to fade into the background anytime soon. I better get on board. Carole Baskin did it, yada yada yada. Am I doing it right?
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com