ACCORDING TO NETFLIX DAVE CHAPPELLE’S🐐 SPECIALS ARE THE MOST WATCHED EVER.
Netflix rarely gives insight into the viewership of its shows, but in a first quarter letter to shareholders, the streaming service boasted about the popularity of its new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials and its latest super-hero title, Marvel’s Iron Fist.
“The triumphant return of a comedy legend in Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 was our most viewed comedy special ever,” the company stated. “We are also finding this to be true in international markets as well, with comedian Gad Elmaleh’s Gad Gone Wild, a breakout hit in France last quarter.”
Netflix has been aggressively cornering the stand-up comedy space in recent years. Chappelle was reportedly paid an incredible $60 million for the specials (including one more that has yet to be released), though Netflix has not confirmed this figure. Fellow comedian Chris Rock has likewise been reportedly paid $40 million for two upcoming specials after Netflix got into a bidding war with Rock’s long time home, cable rival HBO.
Also in the letter: Marvel’s latest Iron Fist, which also debuted last month, was singled out as a “highly viewed” during the quarter. Like Chappelle, Iron Fist also ran into a wave of online criticism, this time for the casting of white actor Finn Jones in the lead role of a martial arts expert.
Now although Netflix hasn’t released its ratings (which it never does) we do know however that with about 98.8 million subsribers they’re well on their way to a record 100 million subscribers.