Just in time for the spooky season! Mike Flanagan’s gothic horror drama miniseries has finally snatched the ball and outscored David Beckham’s docuseries by hitting the goal of reaching the top spot in the field of English-language charts on Netflix.
Since the premiere of all eight episodes, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” has been met with positive reviews, with critics praising its production values, direction, and performances. It was viewed 6 million times on its debut week on the streaming platform, making it the most-watched English-language fiction program on Netflix that week and the third most-watched overall after the French-language series Lupin and the documentary series Beckham.
The next week, it was the second most-watched series on Netflix, with 7.9 million views.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of 99 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.9/10. Metacritic assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” Now that it’s entered its third week since its official premiere on Netflix, the horror series has finally been able to claim the throne by securing the No. 1 spot just in time with 7.9 million views from October 16 to 22.
It is nearly 2 million more than its debut week, and now it stands a positive chance to increase viewership in the coming weeks.
Moreover, this popular horror series now has a total of 65,300,000 hours viewed in the last two weeks. The good news for the entire cast and crew involved in the project is that the series has been able to dethrone Beckham. The four-episode documentary series directed by Fisher Stevens now places it in the second spot among the Top 10, with 6.9 million views, which is down by nearly 6 million from the viewing for the limited documentary the week prior.
Whereas it has a total of 32,800,000 hours viewed for the last three weeks in the top 10 charts.
Another addition to the list this week was the new UK limited drama series Bodies, which debuted at No. 3 with 5.5 million views. As of writing this, the rest of the English Top 10 was filled with many new seasons of the prior shows, which include I Woke Up A Vampire: Season 1 at No. 4 with 3.4 million views, followed by Sex Education Season 4 at No. 5 with 2.6 million views, and Love Is Blind Season 5 at No. 6 with 1.8 million views. Season 7 of Big Mouth drew about 1.6 million views, placing it at the No. 7 spot among English-language series.
Whereas One Piece claims the No. 8 spot with 1.4 million views, which concluded the list with the last two spots secured by CoComelon Season 8 and 1 with 1.3 and 1.2 million views, respectively.
About The Fall of the House of Usher
The official synopsis of the series, which is loosely based on the short story of the same name and other works by Edgar Allan Poe, is as follows:
“In this wicked series from Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) and based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.”
“It’s batshit crazy in the best possible way,” Carla Gugino told Netflix. Further adding, “It has quite a lot of very dark humor, but also really touches the soul.” In the series, Gugino portrays a shape-shifter named Verna, whose origins can be traced back to a — let’s just say — very famous Poe character. “There is a fantastical supernatural element to the story, and she is the manifestation of that,” she added.
“You could say she’s the executor of fate or the executor of karma,” stated Gugino.
In addition to this, this series has a mix of familiar and new faces which stars:
Carla Gugino, Mary McDonnell, Carl Lumbly, Mark Hamill, Michael Trucco, T’Nia Miller, Paola Nuñez, Henry Thomas, Kyleigh Curran, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Kate Siegel, Sauriyan Sapkota, Zach Gilford, Willa Fitzgerald, Katie Parker, Malcolm Goodwin, Crystal Balint, Aya Furukawa, Daniel Jun, Matt Biedel, Ruth Codd, Annabeth Gish, Igby Rigney and Robert Longstreet. Flanagan created and served as a director with Michael Fimognari. Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy and Flanagan executive produce with Emmy Grinwis and Fimognari.
Before streaming the series on Netflix, check out the official trailer below: