“Defending Jacob” has reportedly become the second most popular Apple TV+ show

“Defending Jacob,” a gripping Apple TV+ drama featuring “Captain America” star Chris Evans (who also executive produces the project), has reportedly become one of the most compelling Apple TV+ shows with high viewing figures and viewer retention.

After debuting on April 24, the show soon began picking up viewers. According to Deadline, the vast majority of Apple TV+ users watched the first three episodes that dropped May 1.

Furthermore, industry sources cited in the report claim that the show’s audience grew fivefold during its first ten days of availability, earning it the status of the second most popular Apple TV+ project behind only “The Morning Show”.

From the report:

‘Defending Jacob’ is believed to be setting Apple TV+ records for viewer engagement. The vast majority of viewers who sampled the show during its premiere weekend watched all three available episodes and nearly all who watched those also completed the fourth episode released May 1.

The first five episodes of “Defending Jacob” are now available to watch on Apple TV+, with the remaining three scheduled to be released weekly on Fridays.

Apple describes “Defending Jacob” as a “gripping, character-driven thriller” based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name.

The storyline revolves around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, “forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.”

The limited drama series stars Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey. The show is being produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content.

The first five episodes of season one are now available to stream on Apple TV+, with the remaining three episodes set to be released weekly on Fridays.

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