9 of the 10 Most Streamed Shows Are on Netflix

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Stuck at home and streaming a TV show? I bet it's on Netflix...

As we covered earlier this week, Netflix dominates when it comes to second-chance screenings. Whether it's movies that failed at the box office or shows that never found a wide audience, Netflix is often turning garbage into gold.

Schitt's Creek, which was already popular while on Canadian TV, is now in the top ten of shows streamed online this week. 

When it comes to the most screened shows on the internet, it feels like lots of them are second-runs or rewatches. 

And Netflix is crushing that spectrum. 

Nielsen streaming ratings factor in Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney+ into its top 10 streaming measurements. Its ranking is based on the number of minutes that consumers who have access to platforms are streaming during the week. 

They compile a top ten weekly that tracks who's watching what. These numbers are estimates... but they are all going Netflix's way. And even Hollywood is taking notice of the sheer domination of Netflix.

You'd need a superhero to even make a dent in their top ten this week. 

But seriously, Netflix is flat-out crushing the ratings. We will see if the return of The Mandalorian at the end of the month can put Disney on this list, but only time will tell. Even if Netflix cedes one spot on here, they're still miles ahead of the game. 

Here is this week’s top 10:

  1. Ratched (Netflix) (8 episodes) – 1,632 minutes (millions)
  2. Enola Holmes (Netflix) (1 episode) – 1,165 minutes (millions)
  3. The Blacklist (Netflix) (151 episodes) – 929 minutes (millions)
  4. The Office (Netflix) (192 episodes) – 893 minutes (millions)
  5. Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) (72 episodes) – 839 minutes (millions)
  6. The Boys (Amazon Prime Video) (14 episodes) – 703 minutes (millions)
  7. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix) (361 episodes) – 703 minutes (millions)
  8. Criminal Minds (Netflix) (277 episodes) – 680 minutes (millions)
  9. Cobra Kai (Netflix) (20 episodes) – 676 minutes (millions)
  10. Lucifer (Netflix) (75 episodes) – 636 minutes (millions)

Are you surprised by the numbers? What about the shows on the list? Let us know in the comments.     

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Netflix has 200mil subscribers overall, and about half of them are in the US. So it's normal that it fills up the list easier. On top of that, they flood their service with 400+ Originals per year, more than any other service -- regardless of quality. The more interesting and revealing thing is that only 2 out of the 9 Netflix shows in the list are actually Netflix Originals. Everything else is either reruns, or bought-off from other networks, or licensed as "original" (but not produced).

When The Mandalorian returns next week, I expect that show to top anything that Netflix offers, and by a huge margin. And when Disney+ gets more shows (their first year they only had 3 real originals: Mandalorian, Hamilton, Artemis Fowl), then Netflix won't be performing the same way anymore. Because Netflix has nothing of note to actually offer. No franchises, and except of 2-3 efforts, no visionary content. Just pedestrian. Which is why I unsubscribed from them 2 months ago, after being with the service since their DVD days, in the mid-2000s.

October 23, 2020 at 6:35PM

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