Scripted content fronted by African-American actors continues to work wonders for the ever-changing world of television.
For, as ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ sweeps up gargantuan numbers for ABC as ‘Empire‘ does the same for Fox, Netflix‘s ‘Luke Cage’ has spelled success for the platform less than a month after its unveiling.
Good news below…
As Netflix does not rely on advertisers for funding it has the unique privilege of being able to withhold its show’s viewing figures from the general public.
Fortunately, that’s done little to stop SymphonyAM, an application which pulls sounds and data from users’ televisions to extrapolate viewership, from using its technology to uncover Cage’s ratings mystery.
What they discovered?
3.5 million Netflix users under the age of 50 tuned into to watch the series within the first five days of its release, seeing it outperform its sister show ‘Jessica Jones’ with ease.
With these numbers, ‘Cage’ rises to become the fifth highest-viewed show in Netflix history and is expected to impact the platform’s Top 3 before the year’s end as its digits skate towards the 5 million mark.
Unfortunately, VH1’s ‘Basketball Wives‘ is unable to boast of such glory.
Its fifth season came to an end on October 16th leaving much to be desired on a viewership tip even after being gifted the occasional ratings bumps by charismatic newcomer Duffey.
For, each and every one of the cycle’s fifteen episodes failed to cross the 2 million viewers-secured point.
This, seeing it flung deeper into the shadows of VH1 heavyweight ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ and the NBC juggernaut ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ which picks up over 20 million viewers per season.
‘Basketball’s highest-rated showing of the season was its finale which picked up 1.82 million viewers.
July 24th’s showing which was watched by 920,000 pairs of eyes.