Netflix Spent Big Bucks for Producers Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes – Did the Megadeals Pay Off? | Charts

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Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer is his first hit since the “Glee” creator joined the streamer in 2018 in a $300 million deal

Netflix megadeal producers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy (Photo illustration by TheWrap/Getty Images)

Prolific producer Ryan Murphy has delivered Netflix his first no-doubt-about-it certified hit with the oddly titled “Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” generating 701 million hours of self-reported global viewership in its first three weeks. The only problem is that this smashing success comes just as Murphy’s 2018 overall deal with the streamer, worth up to $300 million, is set to expire next year. The timing highlights the mixed results that Netflix has had after inking a wave of producer megadeals several years ago. 

In its third week of release, “Dahmer” remains the No. 1 show on the streaming service, and became the second most popular English-language series in Netflix history, with 701.4