HBO's Chernobyl, which aired its finale Monday night, was a limited-run series about a real historical event. The kind of thing that could have been merely interesting, at worst boring and dry.
Instead it was a blockbuster success for the pay cable giant, considered by viewers and critics one of the finest shows of its kind.
Social media critiques were uniformly positive, but that wasn't the only evidence of Chernobyl's quality.
Forbes culled audience ratings for the portrayal of the Ukraine nuclear disaster that killed thousands and left an entire region uninhabitable and Chernobyl's superiority is right there in the numbers:
- Chernobyl (9.7 – 111,000 votes)
- Planet Earth II (9.5 – 71,000 votes)
- Band of Brothers (9.5 – 317,000 votes)
- Planet Earth (9.4 – 147,000 votes)
- Breaking Bad (9.4 – 1,200,000 votes)
- Game of Thrones (9.4, 1,500,000 votes)
- Our Planet (9.4 – 10,000 votes)
- The Wire (9.3 – 244,000 votes)
- Cosmos (9.3 – 95,000 votes)
- Blue Planet (9.3 – 19,000 votes)
That means that however many viewers the show has had—and Chernobyl hasn't had Game of Thrones audience numbers—almost all of them consider it a masterpiece.
Just a few tweets give plenty of anecdotal evidence as to audience response.
You can watch Chernobyl for yourself if you missed out here.