‘The Watcher’ Dethrones ‘Dahmer’ in Netflix Top 10 as Ryan Murphy Goes Back-to-Back With True Crime Wins

The producer also saw success on the English Films list for “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” which saw its second week on the chart

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"The Watcher" (Netflix)

Ryan Murphy is the producer to beat for this week’s Netflix Top 10, as his latest true crime title “The Watcher” dethroned his previous hit “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” with 125 million hours viewed.

“Dahmer” still sat at No. 2 on the English TV list, racking up another 122.8 million viewing hours in its fourth week on the chart.

“The Watcher,” starring Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale as a couple caught in an unnerving stalker’s web, is a seven-episode limited series based on the story of the real-life couple who was harassed by the titular unnamed individual. Upon moving into their dream home in the East Coast suburbs, Nora and Dean Brannock receive menacing letters that cast suspicions on all of their idiosyncratic neighbors, some of whom might have something to gain by forcing them out of town. The show, inspired by the 2018 New York Magazine article of the same name, landed in the Top 10 in 90 countries upon its Oct. 13 release date, according to Netflix.

The thriller marks Murphy’s second No. 1 series debut in four weeks at the streamer, after “Dahmer,” which Netflix touts as its biggest series debut on record. The highly controversial and criticized series, starring Evan Peters, amassed 196.2 million viewing hours in its first five days, making its way to No. 2 on the Most Popular List of English-language TV with 824.2 million hours viewed overall, right behind “Stranger Things 4.”

Also during the week of Oct. 10-16, the “American Horror Story: NYC” co-creator saw success on the English Films list with “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” the eponymous adaptation of Stephen King’s novella that Murphy produced. The title saw an additional 20 million hours viewed in its second week on the list.