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Netflix’s The Irishman Pulls in 17.5 Million US Viewers in First Five Days, But, There’s a Catch!

By Rashmi Paharia - December 7, 2019 @ 1:17 pm

Netflix’s award-worthy Martin Scorsese-directed movie, The Irishman, pulled in 17.5 million unique viewers in the US in its first five days of streaming.

But here’s the catch — only 18% viewers watched the movie in its entirety on the first day of streaming.

The number of viewers who finished watching the entire run-length increased slightly the next day, but data suggests that a lot of viewers ceased watching The Irishman within the first hour or so.

As reported by international ratings firm Nielsen, an average minute audience of nearly 13.2 million viewers, with a reach of over 17.1 million unique U.S. viewers, watched The Irishman within the first five days of its release.

The formidable 3.5 hour run time, excruciatingly slow pace, and supposedly boring narrative of the flick, are the prime reasons suggested for viewers not finishing it.

There’s also data for the number of people who subscribed to Netflix for the sole purpose of watching The Irishman, but Netflix is not parting with that info yet, and Nielsen doesn’t have access to the confidential info.

According to Nielsen, the slow-burn narrative of The Irishman, coupled with its cinematic oeuvre, is appreciated by viewers 45 years and above. Younger viewers have labelled it ‘quite slow and boring’.

Whatever be the debates and deliberations over The Irishman, the fact remains that it is a legit hit for Netflix.

So have you watched The Irishman yet? We’re keen to read your comments and review on it. Share them with us in the comments section below.

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