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'The Jinx' proves that documentaries can draw big audiences
'The Jinx' proves that documentaries can draw big audiences

The nation buzzed about the Sunday finale of the HBO documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" as if it was the shocking twist of a Shonda Rhimes drama series or a marriage proposal gone wrong on "The Bachelor." Just over 1 million people watched the two live airings of "The Jinx" — an 80% increase over the previous week's penultimate episode. Several million more viewers probably checked it out on demand after word spread on social media and news reports that real estate heir and murder suspect Durst muttered to himself on an open microphone that he "killed them all." Call it luck or craftily arranged timing...

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