The ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’ that revolves around the infamous tiger breeder Joe Exotic beats Netflix’s fan-favorite series ‘Stranger Things’.

AceShowbiz -“Tiger King” has clawed its way to the top of Netflix’s viewing charts as one of the streaming service’s most watched original shows ever.

Released last month, March 2020, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” follows the exploits of Joe Exotic, a prolific tiger breeder, who ran a popular illegal zoo in Oklahoma.

While the tiger lover was sentenced to 22 years in jail for plotting to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin and other wildlife violations, the shocking programme was an instant hit with fans amid the coronavirus lockdown, having reached a U.S. TV audience of 34.3 million unique viewers within the first 10 days of its release, according to Nielsen estimates.

The figures, registered from March 20 to 29, 2020, top those for season two of Netflix hit “Stranger Things“, which scored 31.2 million viewers, and fell only slightly behind “Stranger Things 3“, which drew 36.3 million over the comparable 10-day span.

“Tiger King” has become a global phenomenon, with producers at 20th Century Fox reportedly in the early stages of planning a movie based on the series, with Orlando Bloom being eyed as leading man Joe.

Several other spin-off projects are also said to be in the works – one featuring “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon, who plans to play Baskin – including a “definitive sequel” to the show set to air on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Speaking to People magazine Joe’s former employee, Kelci ‘Saff’ Saffery, opened up on his boss’ fixation with his adversary.

“Carole was the first thing on his mind every morning and the last thing on his mind every night,” Kelci said.

John Finlay, Joe’s ex-husband, added, “Joe had a really bad hatred towards Carole Baskin and a lot of us knew it was going to head in a bad direction… A lot of people told him he needs to stop or slow down and think about what’s going on.”

However, in a phone interview with Netflix from jail following the success of the show, Joe insisted he’s “done with the Carole Baskin saga” and is looking ahead to being released from prison.

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