Netflix’s new documentary series, Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness, is dominating like few other Netflix originals have done before.
Viewership for the docuseries has exploded, reaching a sizeable 34 million viewers in the show’s first ten days of release in the United States. These numbers officially place the series past the viewership of Stranger Things Season 2, which saw 31.2 million viewers in the first ten days; but just beneath Stranger Things Season 3, which had a viewership total of 36.3 million by the same point.
Netflix’s own rankings place Tiger King at the top, in regards to popular shows in the U.S. over the last two weeks. It is likely that the immense popularity of the series has been aided, in part, by the measures communities across the United States have started to practice in order to combat the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tiger King mainly centers on Joe Exotic and his conflict with animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Additionally, the series explores the world of exotic pet ownership — namely in the form of big cats — in the U.S.. The series provides an overview of private zoos and big cat breeders, shedding light on a few aspects of the industry and what goes on in it.
Netflix's recently released docuseries, Tiger King, is nearing the peak of popularity, evidenced by the show's sizeable viewership.