For "Hemlock Grove," the Path to Success Is Easier Than You Might Think

Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) new horror show Hemlock Grove, which makes its debut this weekend, has already come under fire from some reviewers. The negative press appears to be emboldening the bears ahead of the company's April 22 earnings report. They might be acting prematurely.

Look at history. HBO's comparable horror series, True Blood, captured just 1.4 million viewers in its September 2008 premiere before going on to five seasons of award-winning performances and excellent ratings for the Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) subsidiary. Season six begins on June 16.

Sources: HBO, Facebook.

All Hemlock Grove has to do is get close to these numbers with hardcore horror fans. Presuming the buzz that follows is enthusiastic enough to keep viewers engaged, Netflix could have a niche hit on its hands in the same way that True Blood has grown into a win for HBO. At the very least, you can bet Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) is paying close attention as it prepares to launch its own slate of self-produced programs.

Viewer ratings of Hemlock Grove look good so far. As of this writing, the 1,442 members rating the show at Netflix give it 3.9 out of five stars. The top-rated review speaks for how show-runner Eli Roth hopes to give viewers something different:

"To me, it's most important for this series to make the statement: 'If you want high school, lovey-lovey, blade martial arts, Oprah-channel-drama, than Hemlock Grove may not be for you.' ... I think it has succeeded in doing so."

Shareholders can only hope.

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  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 10:30 AM, fordguy1 wrote:

    This show was a little hard to follow at times but was interesting enough to watch all the way through. The best thing about netflix is they put the whole season up at once, I would recommend this to any fans of shows like walking dead or horror story.

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 11:12 AM, AceInMySleeve wrote:

    I have difficulty understanding where 4M$ an episode was spent.

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 1:46 PM, bxjagal wrote:

    i love this show. its not a sappy love horror story like some of the other shows are following on. i hope they make more seasons of this show.

  • Report this Comment On April 20, 2013, at 6:38 PM, Weeziebusitbaby wrote:

    Great show! Very interesting...so glad I can watch on MY schedule!

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