I have to admit I’m surprised by how long the Netflix miniseries Echoes has dominated the top 10, but now it’s being replaced by something equally surprising and at least somewhat similar.
Echoes has now been dethroned in Netflix’s top 10 by a new limited series called Devil in Ohio. Like Echoes, it’s a crime-based miniseries that lasts only eight episodes (Echoes was seven) and apparently immediately caught the attention of Netflix audiences, debuting at number one, leaving Echoes at number two after just over a week. of the graphs.
Like Echoes, it plays an actress you probably recognize. Echoes had Michelle Monaghan, as Ohio’s Devil stars Bones veteran Emily Deschanel, this time investigating a more sinister mystery, a satanic cult in, guess what, Ohio.
Unsurprisingly, Devil in Ohio is based on a book, and we’ve seen Netflix do this with some limited series in the past, which is kind of what HBO has done in the past with projects like Sharp Objects and Mare of Easttown. Echoes, actually was not based on a book, and was an original production for Netflix, so that’s a difference.
It’s a little too early to say how Devil will rank in Ohio among critics and fans alike. The show has a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s only from a total of five critics and an audience rating of 43%, but that’s only based on seven fan reviews. So I can’t really see that as a clear indicator of quality just yet, and we’ll have to wait for more reviews to come in.
Elsewhere on the list, I’m a little concerned about the fate of Partner Track, Netflix’s legal drama that never made it past #2 on the list. While Netflix can consider many factors when renewing a show, you really want to see something number 1 for a short period of time. But again, it’s all context. If Echoes delivered sky-high numbers that Partner Track couldn’t achieve, it’s not really his fault. And Netflix may not want to kill its female-focused Asian-led drama just because it underperforms a bit, as it tries to reach a wider audience, as it claims it wants.
The Sandman continues to slide down the list, but it’s still #5, with a good amount of staying power, even though season 2 hasn’t been confirmed and Neil Gaiman himself says the show may be too expensive to green-light unless Netflix sees enormous performance of it. Stranger Things, Never Have I Ever and Virgin River are in the second half of the list and still perform very well as some of Netflix’s strongest offerings and long-running series.
As for Devil in Ohio, we’ll see if it becomes a phenomenon similar to Echoes, which placed itself at the top of the list and stayed there, enthralling viewers with its miniseries mystery. These kinds of True Detective adjacent projects seem to be working for Netflix right now, so we can see more of them as a result.
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