Two weeks after its release, Netflix’s “docudrama” Queen Cleopatra seems to have achieved the unpleasant distinction of receiving the lowest audience rating in TV history.
According to Forbes magazine, the divisive production not only debuted with the lowest audience rating in Netflix history but also with the equivalent of the lowest audience rating for Rotten Tomatoes, with one percent.
Not 10%, either. A 1%, despite the fact that Forbes claims it subsequently lurched upward to reach the exhilarating height of 2%.
Still a record-breaking low.
An admission of the low rating was made by the site, which stated: “Fans normally rate things more highly than critics, even the worst shows, and that being said, a 1% audience rating seems to be bordering mathematically not possible, regardless of the controversy that the film has generated.”
The documentary, which is a segment of the African Queens series, examines the ascent and fall of Egypt’s final pharaoh. It was made available on May 10.
It makes the argument that Cleopatra was black, with some of the commenters making the point that she could have been of African heritage rather than Greek, according to Breitbart News.
The Daily Caller, for instance, has cited competing opinions that contest the idea that Queen Cleopatra was of African ancestry.
According to Newsweek, Kathryn Bard, a professor of archaeology and ancient studies at Boston University, said that “Cleopatra VII was white and of Macedonian heritage, much like all of the Ptolemy kings who reigned over Egypt.”
Additionally reported as claiming, “We are aware of who her father was,” is Gerald Kadish, retired professor of history along with Near Eastern studies at Binghamton University.