According to Nielsen, Stranger Things was watched for 2.9 billion minutes during the July 11-17 viewing window, which marked the second full week of availability of Season 4 after its second volume debuted on July 1. The series easily took the No. 1 position on Nielsen’s streaming rankings for the week, with more than double the viewership of the next title on the chart: Netflix’s animated children’s film The Sea Beast, which debuted on the streamer on July 8 and was watched for 920 million minutes in its first full week of availability.
Amazon Prime Video’s Chris Pratt-led thriller series The Terminal List was watched for 1.6 million minutes during the July 4-10 viewing window, its first full week of availability after premiering on July 1. The series took the No. 2 position on Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming chart this week, second only to Stranger Things.
Stranger Things’ “demotion” to No. 2 on Nielsen’s U.S. ranking of streaming originals did not last long at all, as the release of Season 4’s final two, XL episodes (totalling nearly four hours in running time) propelled the Netflix hit back to the top spot.
After four record-breaking weeks, Stranger Things was dethroned from the No. 1 spot in Nielsen’s streaming rankings. Another Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, took the lead for the week of June 20-26. Its third season premiered June 22, and the show racked up 2.45 billion minutes of viewing time for the week. That was just enough to push Stranger Things (2.33 billion minutes, down from 2.95 billion a week earlier) down to second place.
Stranger Things remained a clear No. 1 in the streaming rankings for the fourth straight week, but a new show took the second spot overall. Peaky Blinders ascended to the No. 2 slot following the release of its final season on Netflix (it’s a BBC show in the U.K. but a Netflix original in the U.S.). The period crime drama had 904 million minutes of viewing time for the week of June 13-19, up 42% from 635 million the previous week. That’s the best showing Peaky Blinders has had in the 22 months Nielsen has been releasing weekly rankings.
The streamer’s Stranger Things and Adam Sandler-starring film Hustle held the top spots.
Streaming in May attained its third consecutive month of record-high TV consumption — 31.9% of total TV time — according to the Gauge, Nielsen’s monthly TV viewing snapshot. Series premieres from Netflix and Disney+ contributed to the streaming viewership bump. Disney’s release of Obi-Wan Kenobi and season four of Netflix’s Stranger Things caused May’s overall streaming usage to increase by 2%.
Candy, the Hulu limited series about the real story of accused axe murderer Candy Montgomery, debuted on Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming rankings in the No. 6 position with 557 million minutes viewed from May 9 to May 15. The success of the series is notable, as it marked a new release strategy for Hulu. All five episodes of Candy became available during this viewing window, but the series was marketed as a “five-day event,” with a new episode appearing on the platform each day between May 9 and 13.
The climactic half of Ozark‘s final season propelled the drama to a dominant win on Nielsen’s weekly streaming chart for May 2 to 8. With more than 3.3 billion minutes of streaming, the series accounted for 40% of the week’s Top 10. The second part of the latest (and final) season debuted on April 29.
Once again, Nielsen’s weekly “Streaming Top 10” rankings seem to be directly at odds with Netflix’s “Global Top 10,” with the research company ranking Netflix limited original series Anatomy of a Scandal in fourth place for the week of April 18-24. Nielsen tallied 690 million viewing minutes for Anatomy of a Scandal for the week, trailing fellow Netflix shows Better Call Saul, Bridgerton and Cocomelon.
Ozark took the No. 1 spot in Nielsen’s newly released Top 10 rankings, having been watched for 2.6 billion minutes between April 25 and May 1. Netflix released Part 2 of the show’s fourth and final season on April 29, meaning the series finale was only available for the final three days of the viewing window. Nielsen said this is the show’s 18th week with over a billion minutes viewed since the company began measuring streaming viewership.
Bridgerton spent weeks in the No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s streaming rankings, but finally fell back to No. 3 in the April 11-17 viewing window after reality dating show The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On released its final two episodes.
Bridgerton was the most viewed program on both the Top 10 Streaming Programs and Top 10 Original Programs lists for the week of April 4, pulling in over 1.6 billion viewing minutes. Better Call Saul came in second with 915 million minutes.
Netflix’s Season 2 of Bridgerton was streaming’s most-watched title for the week of April 28-March 3, according to Nielsen’s rankings, with a total of 3.2 billion minutes viewed during the week actually growing from its debut performance the week before.
Netflix’s Bridgerton was viewed for more than 2.5 billion minutes during the week of its Season 2 debut, according to Nielsen’s newly released streaming Top 10 rankings. The Chris Van Dusen-created period romance was easily the No. 1 program on streaming for the week of March 21-27 on Nielsen’s charts, even though only its first season was available for the majority of that week, as Season 2 premiered on March 25.
The Disney+ film Turning Red took the No.1 spot on both the Top 10 Streaming Programs and Top 10 Streaming Movies charts with 1.7 billion viewing minutes, according to Nielsen’s Weekly Streaming Top 10 report for the week of March 14. The coming-of-age animated film was only down 2% in viewing from the previous week. The Adam Project came in at No. 2 with 1.34 billion minutes, edging out The Last Kingdom with 1.32 billion viewing minutes.
Though the reign of Encanto has begun to subside, Disney Plus remains on top with Pixar’s latest feature Turning Red debuting in the No. 1 position in Nielsen’s newly released Top 10 streaming rankings. The title accrued more than 1.7 billion minutes watched from March 7 to 13, beating out The Last Kingdom and Pieces of Her, the Netflix series that nabbed positions 2 and 3 respectively, both with 1.4 billion minutes watched.
Inventing Anna topped Nielsen’s ranking of U.S. streaming originals for a third straight week, while another Netflix offering, some docuseries called Worst Roommate Ever, made its debut in the No. 3 spot. Inventing Anna for the week of Feb. 28 amassed nearly 1.2 billion total minutes viewed across nine total episodes.
Netflix’s A Madea Homecoming and Disney’s Free Guy both made their debuts on Nielsen’s Top 10 streaming rankings with more than 1 billion minutes watched in the titles’ first few days of availability.
Netflix’s reality-based series Inventing Anna surged to No. 1 in Nielsen’s streaming rankings in its first full week of release. In the week of Feb. 14-20, the series racked up almost 3.3 billion minutes of viewing for its nine episodes, up from 1.2 billion in the prior week. The Shondaland-produced drama even outdid Netflix record-holder Squid Game in terms of Week 2 viewing in the U.S.
For the week of Feb. 7-Feb. 13, the show came in at No. 1 on the list, with 1.589 billion minutes watched during its first full week of availability. Nielsen said: “The audience for the action thriller starring Alan Ritchson largely skewed male (58%), while increasing its viewership from younger streamers in the 18-34 and 35-49 age demographic.”
Netflix’s Ozark hit a rarely seen mark in the U.S. streaming rankings for the week of Jan. 24-30. The drama, whose fourth season debuted on Jan. 21, topped 4 billion minutes of viewing — 4.095 billion, to be precise. That’s the best for any streaming title in nearly two years, and only the fourth time any show has topped the 4 billion minute mark.
For the week of Jan. 10, Netflix’s Cobra Kai led the pack with just over a billion minutes viewed across 40 total episodes. With the release of its second season, Cheer — whose Jerry Harris this week pleaded guilty to child pornography charges (that were discussed in Season 2) — placed second with 629 million minutes over 15 total episodes.
The research company admits that Don’t Look Up was “not fully credited” in its Christmas week rankings.
Marvel’s Daredevil appears to be making a comeback, three years after its cancellation by Netflix, ranking at No. 8 on Nielsen’s weekly U.S. streaming chart of originals for Dec. 20-26. The series has sparked new interest following the recent cameo of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox, in Spider Man: No Way Home. Additionally, Murdock’s arch-nemesis, Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio was revealed as a key part of Disney+’s Hawkeye storyline that week.
The Witcher, which returned to Netflix for a second season on Dec. 17, dominated Nielsen’s weekly U.S. streaming chart with almost 2.2 billion minutes of viewing that week. The latest chart covers Dec. 13-19. A distant second place was CoComelon on Netflix, with 840 million viewing minutes.
The final season of Lost in Space drove the Netflix series to the top of the streaming rankings for the second consecutive week. The sci-fi show was the only title in Nielsen’s streaming charts for Dec. 6-12 to top a billion minutes of viewing time. Hawkeye and The Wheel of Time also put up solid numbers.
Netflix’s True Story landed atop Nielsen’s latest U.S. ranking of streaming original series. The limited series starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes amassed 943 million minutes viewed across its seven episodes, which for the week of Nov. 22 was good for No. 1.
The Wheel of Time channeled itself a primo spot on Nielsen’s U.S. streaming chart ranking the Top 10 original series for the week of Nov. 15. With just a few days of eligibility for this measuring period, Prime Video’s already-renewed fantasy saga adaptation (which bowed on Nov. 19) debuted at No. 1 with 1.6 billion minutes viewed across its first three episodes — making it the second most-watched Prime Video original since Hunters (in February 2020).
Netflix’s action-packed Western The Harder They Fall generated nearly 1.2 billion minutes of viewing in the U.S. from Nov. 1-7, making it subscription streaming’s most watched show in the U.S. that week, according to Nielsen figures.
The third season of Netflix’s You premiered to big streaming numbers in the week of Oct. 11-17, coming close to unseating Squid Game in total viewing time. You earned 1.94 billion minutes of viewing time for the week (season three premiered Oct. 15), finishing second overall behind Squid Game. The Korean hit amassed 2.25 billion minutes, down from 3.02 billion the previous week but the show’s third consecutive week over 2 billion.
Squid Game remained the dominant force in U.S. streaming from October 4 to 10, according to Nielsen, once again racking up more than 3 billion minutes of viewing. The Korean drama, Netflix’s top all-time original with viewing by 142 million global households according to the company, attracted 3.26 billion viewing hours in its previous week. That made it just the sixth title to clear the 3 billion mark since Nielsen began tracking streaming in 2020. The most recent week saw a slight dip to 3.02 billion, but the show’s hold was impressive.
Netflix’s Squid Game utterly dominated Nielsen’s latest U.S. streaming ranking, and it did so by joining the elite “3 Billion Club” — as in, total minutes viewed during the week-long evaluation period.
‘Client discretion’ is the reason HBO Max shows aren’t included in the research company’s weekly ranker, an insider says.
For the Week of Sept. 20, the Netflix megahit amassed 1.9 billion minutes viewed across its nine episodes, easily besting all other original streaming series.
The Korean-language limited series, which had Netflix’s biggest first-28-day premiere ever, drew only 206 million viewing minutes during its first week on the platform.