Abducted in Plain Sight can thank Netflix for its popularity

If you’ve been on social media lately, chances are you’ve seen people freaking out about “Abducted in Plain Sight.”

A recent Tweet about the Netflix documentary garnered over 42,000 likes. For the uninitiated, it’s a Netflix true crime tale about Jan Broberg, a 56-year-old woman who was kidnapped not once but twice by a 40-year-old child molester in the 1970s, when she was 12.

It’s not surprising that “Abducted in Plain Sight” has resonated with viewers — tawdry true crime is always popular, from HBO’s “The Jinx” to Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and more recently, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.”

But surprisingly, the film has been knocking around the festival circuit since 2017. The shocking story chronicled in “Abducted in Plain Sight” is filled with wild twists and turns, including arson, Mormonism, a fake therapist, and negligent parents.

Still, it took nearly two years to become a trending topic because it only just got picked up by Netflix.

The dark doc’s second shot at success is similar to the series “You,” starring Penn Badgley — the show’s ratings were paltry when it premiered on Lifetime in September, regularly dipping below 1 million viewers.

But since Netflix rescued “You” in December, its viewership inflated to 40 million (according to Netflix). Now, since the streaming giant is shadowy about its ratings, take that number with a grain of salt. FX CEO John Landgraf thinks the real number is under 10 million.

Even so, it’s a big jump from the show’s pre-Netflix audience size. Between “You” and “Abducted in Plain Sight,” the Netflix bump is tangible. The streaming giant’s drawing power can’t be discounted when considering ratings and popularity.

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