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‘Scoop,’ ‘Ripley,’ ‘Files of the Unexplained’ Lead Luminate Ratings

The premiere week of Netflix’s “Ripley” elbowed “3 Body Problem” out of the No. 1 slot among streaming original series for the week of April 5-11, according to Luminate streaming ratings.

Among streaming original movies, “Scoop” managed a solid break for Netflix while Amazon Prime Video’s “Road House” hung tough in its third full week in release.

“Ripley,” the much talked-about adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic fraudster saga “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” from Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian, debuted with about 670.1 million minutes watched across its eight episodes. That translates to about 1.5 million views.

A sleeper entrant at No. 2 was Netflix’s unscripted crime docu “Files of the Unexplained,” with 531.3 million minutes watched across eight episodes. The show’s audience grew 276% in its first full week in release after premiering on April 3.

Landing at No. 6 was Netflix’s “Parasyte: The Grey,” a Korean-language drama that delivered 254.3 milllion minutes viewed in its first week in release. That works out to about 856,000 views across the series’ six episodes, an impressive showing given that Luminate ratings only track U.S. viewership.

“Fallout,” Prime Video’s video game adaptation, corralled 285.3 million minutes acros its eight Season 1 episodes in its first two days in release (April 10-11), strong enough to rank at No. 5 for the week. Netflix’s German drama “Crooks,” which debuted April 4, came in at No. 10 and was a big mover on the chart, spiking more than 3,700% in its first full week in release to 165.4 million minutes over 8 episodes.

Last week’s sleeper performer, the Biblical-themed “Testament: The Story of Moses,” fell to No. 8 with 179.7 million minutes viewed. That was down 70% from the March 29-April 4 frame when the Netflix series impressed by coming at No. 2 in its first full week in release.

On the movie side, “Scoop,” which tells the story of Prince Andrew’s disastrous 2019 sitdown TV interview with the BBC, broke at No. 2 with 278.6 million minutes viewed in its first week in release. That’s about 2.7 million views over the 102-minute runtime of the Gillian Anderson-Rufus Sewell starrer directed by Philip Martin. “Road House,” helmed by Doug Liman, topped the chart again with 295.1 million minutes viewed.

Another mover on the movies list was “The Tearsmith,” which racked up 212.5 million minutes viewed in its first full week in release, which translates to about 2.1 million views over its 103-minute running time. That was good enough for the week’s No. 3 slot. The Italian romantic fantasy drama from helmer Alessando Genovesi stars Simone Baldasseroni, Caterina Ferioli and Sabrina Paravicini. The pic debuted April 4.

Netflix crime documentary “What Jennifer Did” took the No. 5 slot with 84.7 million minutes viewed after just two days in release. The doc from helmer Jenny Popplewell recounts a shocking Canadian true-crime story involving an immigrant family in a small town in Ontario.

Disclosure: Variety and Luminate share a common owner in Penske Media Corp.

(Pictured top: “Scoop”)

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