Chris Rock’s live special is #8 on Netflix in its first full week
“Selective Outrage” previously landed at No. 7 on Netflix’s US TV chart from just one day of streaming (and change).
Chris Rock’s comedy “Selective Outrage,” Netflix’s first foray into live programming, debuted at No. 7 on Netflix’s US TV chart in just one day and availability change. 2–9. “Selective Outrage” debuted on Netflix’s Global Top 10 English TV list on March 6-12, peaking at No. 8 with 17.79 million viewers.
Don’t confuse the US ranking with Netflix’s publicly available and regularly reported value Global Top 10 — “Selective Outrage” didn’t make it there the first week. Netflix does not provide viewership numbers or hours watched for shows on its US television charts, unlike the viewership figures for its global charts.
As a live special, “Selective Outrage” was initially only available in English, and only for accounts with English as their default language. Following its live premiere, the special has been released in other territories and this week entered the TV Top 10 in seven new countries.
The Global English Top 10 this week was unsurprisingly led by Season 4 of “You,” which debuted its second half on March 9th and scored 75.8 million views. Leading the weekly non-English TV list was Korean drama series “The Glory,” which debuted its second half on March 10. Kim Eun-sook’s series reached 125.5 million views, making it the most watched TV show. week and entered the overall Non-English Top 10 All-Time at #9.
The Rock performed “Selective Outrage” on March 4 at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, Maryland, and the show appeared on the streamer’s interface like all Netflix titles. For the March 4 premiere, an exclusive pre-show and post-show was held at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, with Ronny Chieng hosting the pre-show and David Spade and Dana Carvey hosting the post-show; Featuring guest appearances by Amy Schumer, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Ice-T, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Matthew McConaughey, Paul McCartney, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Wanda Sykes, Woody Harrelson, JB Smoove and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar .
“Selective Outrage” received mixed reactions at its premiere; IndieWire’s TV critic Ben Travers rated it a “C” and wrote in his review that the special “didn’t last by any means. Half the jokes were out of date before he finished telling them”, with material that “seemed like top-of-the-line observations, uninterested in deeper examination or even general coherence”.
While part of its special appeal was Netflix’s inclusion of the live broadcasts, the replay has since been edited to mask the percussive surge; yes, it was about Will Smith and the infamous Oscar slap. In the joke, Rock originally referenced a bad Smith movie, so forget it all. Don’t worry, Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith still have plenty of hits left — including pretty much the entire closing portion of Rock’s set.
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