Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers has been a hit on Netflix, proving that their new streaming deal with HBO is paying off. The success of Ballers on Netflix can be attributed to a realistic story inspired by real NFL players. With new HBO series coming to Netflix like Band of Brothers and Pacific Rim, there will be an opportunity for top ten hits in the future.
Dwayne Johnson’s HBO series Ballerists was an instant hit on Netflix, proving that the platform’s new streaming deal with HBO is already paying off. In June, Netflix was reported to have made a deal to stream existing HBO series, which can also be found on Max. This began with the July 3 release of the comedy series Insecure, starring Issa Rae.
Now, according to Netflix, the recently released “Ballers” has entered the list of the 10 most watched TV shows for the week of August 14-20, 2023. The series, starring Johnson, ranked third with 18.4 million hours watched and 3.9 million unique views. spectators. The show is the first result of a deal between Netflix and HBO to feature in the top 10 streamers, highlighting the success of the deal itself.
Why Ballers became a hit on Netflix
In the Balers, Johnson plays Spencer Strasmore, a former NFL player who becomes the financial manager of other NFL players. In the sports comedy, Johnson tries to help his clients while he learns to navigate his new career path. When the series aired on HBO from 2015 to 2019, it received generally positive reviews from critics, which highlighted Johnson’s performance.
Part of the reason the series could be a Netflix hit is because of its realistic story based on the real world. While The Ballers is not based on a true story, it draws inspiration from the real stories of the NFL’s top athletes to create a fictional storyline. The series is also assisted by Johnson himself, whose fame likely brought more viewers to the series.
With Ballers now a Netflix hit, it looks like the streamer’s deal with HBO is moving in the right direction. This trend may continue when Band of Brothers and The Pacific become available to stream on Netflix starting September 15th. Now, with even more hit HBO shows coming to Netflix, who knows what else could make it into the top 10 in the future.