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‘The Last Dance’ overtakes ‘Tiger King’ as most popular documentary

The Netflix series “Tiger King” became an instant worldwide phenomenon when the streaming service debuted all seven episodes on March 20, but even the craze surrounding the documentary could withstand the hype surrounding “The Last Dance.”

The ESPN documentary that chronicles Michael Jordan’s final go-round with the Chicago Bulls during the 1997-98 season — along with covering other aspects of the NBA icon’s career — quickly became a runaway smash since the first two episodes of the 10-part series premiered in April.

Now, due to its overwhelming popularity, “The Last Dance” is now considered the “most in-demand documentary in the world,” as reported by Bloomberg.

According to data compiled by research firm Parrot Analytics, “The Last Dance” was among the 20 most in-demand shows in the world over this past week. It’s also the most-watched documentary in ESPN’s history.

The overall trend for sports-related documentary content is on the rise, which is attributed in large part to live sports-starved climate spawned by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are tracking a rise in demand for sports documentaries during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Steve Langdon, a director of partnerships at Parrot Analytics.

Equally impressive as it relates to its popularity, “The Last Dance” is currently as in-demand globally as hit shows, “The Mandalorian” and “Friends.”