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Netflix’s Quirky ‘Tiger King’ Becomes Breakout Pandemic Hit

  • Documentary series draws 34 million viewers in first 10 days
  • Program debuted as millions were ordered to stay at home
Tiger King
Tiger KingSource: Netflix

“Tiger King,” the Netflix Inc. documentary about a big-cat trainer who goes by the name of Joe Exotic, has become the runaway hit of the global pandemic, attracting 34.1 million U.S. viewers in the first 10 days after its release.

The program debuted March 20, just as much of the country was hunkering down under coronavirus stay-at-home orders. As a result, it’s become a cultural phenomenon, the subject of endless commentary on social media and fascination from comedians to Donald Trump Jr., who said he binge-watched the show in a recent TV interview.