Constellation space-thriller becomes latest hit for Apple TV+


'Constellation' space-thriller becomes latest hit for Apple TV+
Audiences are thrilled by Constellation on Apple TV+.
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Add Constellation to the lengthy list of Apple TV+ shows that are standout hits. The new sci-fi mystery horror series sits near the top of the popularity charts of two different ratings services, and has ever since its February premiere.

Masters of the Air remains popular, too. As do the historical dramas Napoleon and Killers of the Flower Moon. That puts all four of these series/films ahead of almost all the content on any streaming service.

Constellation combines sci-fi, mystery and horror

In Constellation, an astronaut returns to Earth after a disastrous mission, only to find parts of her life missing. And it appears a horrifying conspiracy may be to blame.

Apple calls the show an “action-packed space adventure,” but it’s more of a sci-fi horror mystery. The series is “an exploration of the dark edges of human psychology, and one woman’s desperate quest to expose the truth about the hidden history of space travel and recover all that she has lost,” according to Apple.

Whatever the mix of genres, Constellation pulls in a big audience. The series ranks No. 3 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming shows for the week ending March 3. And it’s at No. 4 on ReelGood’s list of Top 10 TV shows on streaming during the week ending March 6. The series has been on both lists since it launched on February 21.

Estimates from companies like JustWatch and Reelgood are necessary because streaming services rarely reveal how many people watch their offerings.

The first five episodes of Constellation are ready to watch now on Apple TV+. The finale comes next week.

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Masters of the Air stays popular

The Apple TV+ WWII drama Masters of the Air continues to draw in a big audience as well. The series stays on the popularity charts week after week.

It offers an in-depth look at the “bomber boys” in the U.S. Army Air Force squadrons that took the war to Hitler via brutal and harrowingly dangerous bombing campaigns through skies filled with exploding flak and increasingly deadly Nazi fighter planes.

There’s clearly an audience for this type of show. ReelGood puts the historical drama at No. 9 on its list of most popular TV shows on streaming last week. And it sits at No. 8 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming shows.

The first eight episodes of Masters of the Air are available to watch now on Apple TV+. The finale premieres Friday, March 15.

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Napoleon storms onto the popularity charts

Napoleon, a historical epic from director Ridley Scott, began streaming on Apple TV+ on March 1 and plenty of viewers have since tuned in to stream it.

The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor who conquered much of Europe. It details the tyrant’s ruthless rise to power and his obsessive love for his wife, Empress Josephine.

The Oscars mostly snubbed the film, but it is nevertheless pulling in an audience. For the most recent week, JustWatch puts it at No. 5 on its list of most popular streaming movies and ReelGood had it at No. 6.

Napoleon is ready for Apple TV+ subscribers to watch now.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is just as popular

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon began drawing a crowd of viewers when it hit the Apple TV+ streaming service in mid-January, and that continues.

The historical crime drama scored 10 Oscar nominations — including for Best Picture —  which surely helped keep it on the top 10 lists of popular films. For the most recent week, JustWatch puts it at No. 7 and ReelGood had it at No. 8.

Killers of the Flower Moon is available to stream now.

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Watch now on Apple TV+

Watching Constellation or any of these other series or films comes with a subscription to Apple TV+. The service is $9.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle.

And Apple’s streaming video service also includes much more, of course. There are comedies, musicals, children’s shows, nature documentaries, etc.

Want more tips on what to watch on Apple TV+? Read our guide to the 15 best shows on Apple TV+.


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