2 weeks ago today, the highly anticipated story of the Central Park 5 aired on Netflix. Today, we can report that the 4-part mini series is the most watched Netflix show since it premiered on May 31st. Interestingly enough, it is the most watched series and there are people still debating on whether or not they should watch it due to the emotions that may arise from the series. Netflix has never released their actual viewership numbers on any shows or movies on their platform, so for them to announce this was major, and will have to suffice.
When learning of the news on Twitter, Ava Duvernay quoted the tweet and said, "*faints*." The tweet has had over 2,000 replies, 31,000 retweets, and almost 200,000 likes. The series has also been commented on by many celebrities across the nation, causing some such as Judge Greg Mathis to post a picture of him crying after finishing the series.
The Ava Duvernay created series walks through the lives of 5 teens that were wrongly convicted of rape, assault, and attempted murder. Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise argues they were forced to give false confessions. Their sentences were finally lifted 2002. Salaam reached out to DuVernay on Twitter to have their story told to the world.
Also driving viewership could be Oprah's interview of the Central Park 5. On Wednesday, the Media Mogul interviewed the group of men as they spoke about the trauma they still experience, but also their fight for change in the justice system. Antron McCray for instance said in the interview special that he still hasn't forgiven his father for telling him to plead guilty. Oprah now calls them the Exonerated 5. You can also see Oprah's interview with the Exonerated 5 on OWN and Netflix as well.