Manhunt crime-drama finds a big audience on Apple TV+


"Manhunt" found plenty of men and women to watch it.
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Manhunt, the Apple TV+ historical true-crime drama about the search for the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, immediately shot to near the top of the popularity charts of two different ratings services.

And other series and films from Apple are also performing well with audiences.

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True-crime series Manhunt dramatizes the hunt for Abraham Lincoln’s killer

Apple TV+ has found success with historical dramas recently. Both Masters of the Air and Killers of the Flower Moon are doing particularly well. And Manhunt joined the list of hits with its March 15 launch.

The series ranks No. 4 on ReelGood’s list of Top 10 TV shows on streaming during the week ending March 20. And it’s at No. 5 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming shows for the week ending March 17.

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

History tells us that stage actor John Wilkes Booth (played in the Apple TV+ series by Anthony Boyle) went on the run for 12 days after he shot Lincoln in the back of the head at Ford’s Theatre in 1865.

Apple says of its new show:

Manhunt is a conspiracy thriller about one of the best known but least understood crimes in history, the astonishing story of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.”

The seven-part series is based on the bestselling nonfiction book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.

It also stars Emmy-winner Tobias Menzies (The Crown, Game of Thrones) as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s secretary of war, who led efforts to capture Booth and his co-conspirators.

The first three episodes are available to watch now on Apple TV+. The fourth will premiere 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. 7 on its list of most popular TV shows on streaming last week. And it sits at No. 6 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming shows.

All nine episodes of Masters of the Air are available to watch now on Apple TV+. That includes the season finale, which premiered March 15.

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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. 6 and ReelGood had it at No. 9.

Killers of the Flower Moon is available to stream now.

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Watch now on Apple TV+

Watching Manhunt 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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