Netflix’s original series The Get Down has been getting a lot of attention these days not because of its success but because of its possibility of getting cancelled. Set in South Bronx in the late 1970s, the six-episode flashy musical drama piloted on Netflix on Aug. 12 of this year. The show’s creator are Stephen Adly Guirgis and Baz Luhrmann.
The Get Down explores the hip-hop music scene in Bronx, New York in the late ’70s. It stars Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Jimmy Smits, and Giancarlo Esposito.
According to Morning Ledger, The Get Down had an initial rating of 3.2 million total viewers all coming from the ages of 18 to 49 US adults. From its first month, the show earned a rating demo of 2.33 million.
Compared to other Netflix shows like Orange Is The New Black, however, The Get Down’s rating accomplishment is far too low. OTNB garnered over 15.56 million in ratings in its first month. Fuller House got 15.23 million, Stranger Things at 13.23 million, Making A Murderer at 12.28 million and Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 got 8.18 million. This could easily suggest that the show is a flop.
Movie News Guide also revealed how expensive the show was costing at least $12 million in production. However, because of its ratings, The Get Down did not justify the cost that was alloted to it.
Moreover, it also did poorly when it comes to rankings. Analysis suggests that the show had only 22.2 million demand expressions, almost half to Game of Thrones’ 43.7 million. Stranger Things measures at 38.9 million, Mr. Robot at 33.6 million and The Walking Dead at 23.1.
Meanwhile, one of The Get Down’s prominent casts and perhaps the most popular is Jaden Smith, son of Hollywood couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The younger Smith plays the role of Marcus Kipling. Rumor has it that the show might have been affected by Jaden’s numerous online death hoax claiming a toll on the series causing the ratings to decline rapidly.
Some even say that the death rumors of the actor might have been all just a ruse to promote The Get Down.
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