Netflix is cagey when it comes to their viewership numbers, and they’ve previously stated they have no plans to release numbers for The Irishman, their new crime epic from Martin Scorsese. But thanks to ratings service Nielsen, we now have somewhat of an idea about how the movie did during its launch. Per their reporting, at least “17.1 million unique viewers” watched at least some of the film.
THR has the scoop on The Irishman ratings, stating that the Martin Scorsese film “drew an average audience of 13.16 million viewers from Nov. 27-Dec. 1, with each day averaging between 2.15 million Sunday, Dec. 1 and 3.14 million viewers Friday, Nov. 29. A total of 17.1 million unique viewers watched at least some of the film.”
But here’s the catch: Nielsen numbers only track TV sets, and only in the U.S. In other words, if you’re watching The Irishman on your iPad in Canada, Neilsen isn’t picking that up. As a result, Netflix has previously shrugged off Nielsen as not being representative of their true view numbers. So take all of this with a grain of s. But going off the numbers we have available, The Irishman did better than recent Breaking Bad follow-up film El Camino, but didn’t quite have the same success as last year’s Thanksgiving release from Netflix, Bird Box.
However, THR adds:
Despite its long running time, however, the proportion of viewers who watched The Irishman 18 percent in its entirety on Nov. 27 was in line with that of Bird Box 18 percent and ahead of El Camino 11 percent. Nielsen says 751,000 people finished the movie on premiere day; the high for the weekend was 930,000 on Friday.
While I’m glad to see people are sticking with the film despite its runtime, I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed that a new masterpiece from Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, isn’t drawing more viewers than Bird Box, which was an average movie at best. But hey, Bird Box definitely makes for much easier viewing – you can turn it on and tune out, in other words.
In any case, I’m happy The Irishman is finding its audience, because I can only imagine what would’ve happened if this had been a wide theatrical release, where original, non-franchise movies struggle to draw a crowd.
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.