Dahmer has been named Netflix’s second most successful English-language show, less than a month after arriving on the streaming platform – having racked up 701.37 million hours of views.
According Varietyonly Stranger Things – which was watched for 1.35 billion hours in its first month – beat it, with the publication noting that the crime drama “garnered more viewing time than seasons 1 and 2 of Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton during their first four weeks on the services.”
Created by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and his frequent collaborator Ian Brennan, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story dropped on September 21 – and sees Evan Peters play the titular real-life serial killer. Richard Jenkins stars as Jeffrey’s father Lionel, Molly Ringwald appears as his stepmother Shari, and Niecy Nash brings neighbor Glenda Cleveland to life.
In recent weeks, the series has been controversial. Many initially criticized Netflix for categorizing it as “LGBTQ” (which later led to the removal of the label), while some of the family members of the 17 people Dahmer murdered also criticized the series for “making money out of this tragedy”. The other day, Shirley Hughes, mother of victim Tony Hughes, spoke out against her using real names and events, having failed to consult with those affected first.
Netflix subscribers seem to be gravitating toward darker fare these days, which is arguably why Squid Game remains the service’s most-watched show, with 1.65 billion hours in its first 28 days.
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story is available to stream now. If true crime dramas aren’t your thing, check out our list of the best Netflix shows for inspiration.