Idris Elba’s star power pulls in big audience for ‘Hijack’ on Apple TV+

Idris Elba’s star power pulls in big audience for Hijack on Apple TV+


Elba looks tense here for a reason. He's got big problems to solve.
Elba looks tense here for a reason. He's got big problems to solve.
Photo: Apple TV+

Hijack, a new thriller starring Idris Elba, quickly rose to near the top of the rating charts showing it’s among the most popular shows on any streaming service.

And it’s not the only stand-out Apple TV+ series right now — Silo also continues to draw a large audience.

Hijack captures plenty of eyes

Star power can make a TV series. People tune in to watch The Morning Show for Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. They watched See because it starred Jason Momoa. Of course, to be successful, a series or film needs more than big names. But a celebrity’s name on the movie poster can certainly get a show off on the right foot.

Hence the immediate popularity of Idris Elba’s new series on Apple TV+. He’s a superstar after having already played everything from Heimdall to Nelson Mandela. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Luther.  He’s done voice-over work, he’s a rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. And a kickboxer.

His new series rose to at No. 3 on ReelGood’s list of Top 10 Movies & TV. And the thriller is at No. 5 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming offerings for the week ending July 2.

The two services base popularity rankings on streams and engagement on their platforms among millions of users in the United States across all streaming video services.

It’s not hard to guess how the series got its name. Apple TV+ says:

“Told in real time, Hijack is a tense thriller that follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven-hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Elba will star as Sam Nelson, an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing.”

Critics like it. The show earned an 86% approval rating from the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.

The first three episodes are available now. New episodes appear weekly.

Watch on: Apple TV+

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Silo holds on it its audience

The season finale of Silo came at the end of June, and there are still plenty of people watching the dystopian sci-fi mystery. In fact, it’s been on Reelgood’s top 10 list every week since its debut on Apple TV+ in May. Its streak continued in the most recent week, appearing at No. 6.

The show focuses on the last people on Earth. They live in a massive underground structure — it’s known as the silo, no surprise — that protects them from the toxic conditions on the planet’s surface. Slowly, they discover there’s more to their predicament than meets the eye.

Be sure to read “3 Reasons to Watch: Silo on Apple TV+” from the Cult of Mac film/TV critic, Scout Tafoya.

Watch on: Apple TV+

Watch on Apple TV

Enjoy on Apple TV+

Watching either of these comes with a $6.99-per-month subscription to Apple TV+. That’s a lower price than all of its larger rivals. And there are no commercial interruptions.

The streaming service also includes much more than these two, of course. There are dramas, comedies, mysteries, children’s shows, nature documentaries, etc.


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