John Landgraf is coming for Netflix.
The CEO of FX, 56, ripped apart the streaming giant on Monday, claiming their streaming data is “not remotely accurate” and says “one way or another, the truth will come out — as it always does.”
Landgraf’s comments come after Netflix boasted about its streaming numbers after dropping their latest hit “You”, claiming the series was well on its way to hit 40 million viewers before the end of its first four weeks. But as Landgraf pointed out at the Television Critics Association press tour, the drama only gained 8 million viewers in the United States.
“Good, but not an average of 40 million viewers,” Landgraf said.
Netflix did similar projections for its new comedy “Sex Education”, but according to Landgraf, that data is even more exaggerated.
In its first two weeks, Landgraf said the Gillian Anderson-led series’ true audience was only 3.1 million viewers when Netflix predicted another 40 million.
“I don’t begrudge them their existence,” he said. “What I don’t tend to like about Silicon Valley is how the search ecosystem is Google. The social media ecosystem is Facebook. I don’t think that ‘winner takes all’ mentality is good for the world. I don’t think it’s good for America.”