Welcome back to What I’m Hearing+, live from Brooklyn as the writers strike enters its Month 4.
As my Puck partner Matt Belloni has been reporting, it now looks like the work stoppage may go on much, much longer. Last week, I put together a pain index with each of the major streamers. This week, a closer look at how Netflix, the most resilient of the bunch, is coasting on the eye-popping success of Suits—and why the numbers come with a bunch of asterisks.
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In the first four weeks after Suits landed on Netflix, in mid-June, the seemingly forgettable USA Network procedural—perhaps best known for starring Meghan Markle—set a record for a licensed show, with more than three billion minutes streamed, per Nielsen. All of a sudden, it seemed, Suits was the surprise hit of the season for Netflix, which picked up...
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