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'Tiger King' Draws Massive Viewer Numbers Over Its First 10 Days On Netflix

By Clark Sparky

The documentary series "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" has been a breakout hit for Netflix while most of the country is stuck in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now we have numbers to show just how wildly popular the series has been.

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According to Nielson estimates, "Tiger King" drew in 34.3 unique viewers in its first 10 days on Netflix. That number tops Season 2 of "Stranger Things" and falls just she of Season 3. has more granular details on the numbers the series has done:

On an average per-minute basis, Tiger King raked in an audience of 19.0 million among U.S. viewers from March 20-29, whereas Stranger Things Season 2 pulled in 17.5 million and Season 3 pulled in 20.5 million. The series was also the most-tweeted series tracked by Nielsen, with 1.8 million total organic (nonpaid) interactions on Twitter, and it has consistently ranked as the No. 1 most popular title overall in the U.S. over the past two weeks on Netflix.

While millions of viewers have loved the show, one of its main characters is not a fan. Doc Antle, the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari, has been an outspoken critic.

"We are very disappointed that our facility was mentioned in the new Netflix series. We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz," he wrote in an Instagram post.

He added: "It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants. Tiger King is the bizarre story of Joe and Carole and their feud.

"These characters are not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Safari has been recognized by the state of South Carolina as one of the pre-eminent wildlife facilities in the United States. We’ve also received international accolades for the critical role we provide with our qualified, captive breeding programs and our global conservation efforts of threatened and endangered species."

Antle also lays out the guidelines his facility follows to make sure they are doing everything above-board:

"Myrtle Beach Safari adheres to all USDA guidelines, and our animals are treated with the utmost care. We have never had a USDA violation and work collaboratively with various state and federal wildlife agencies to ensure our animals receive the very best life each and every day. "

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