What A Difference A Covid Year Makes in the Ratings – The Streaming Ratings Report for 5-May-2021

Folks, we’re on the cusp of a big moment for our data analysis. For the first time, I’ll be able to compare the latest week’s Nielsen’s rankings to the previous year’s trends. Combined with the fact that we have more than years worth of Netflix Top Ten data too—I use FlixPatrol to get my top ...

Apple Enters the Podcast Wars and HBO Max Enters the Advertising Wars – Most Important Story of the Week: 4-May-2021

With all the earnings news last week–including reports from Amazon, Google, Apple, Comcast, Discovery and more–you’d think we’d have gotten really juicy news. But I didn’t see it. Lots of “interesting” stuff, but nothing truly groundbreaking. However, two separate product announcements drew my attention. And I’ll be honest, I think both plans have big flaws.  ...

An Animated, Intergalactic Showdown between Hulu and Amazon…Who Won? – Streaming Ratings Report 28-April-2021

For the second week, we have another “first”! This time, the first Hulu Original to earn a spot on the Nielsen top ten “originals” list. At some point, we’ll run out of firsts, but for now setting new records is fun! (Reminder: The streaming ratings report compiles data from Nielsen’s viewership report, Netflix datecdotes, Top ...

What Amazon’s Half a Billion in Lord of The Rings Costs Mean for the Streaming Wars – Most Important Story of the Week – 23 April 21

I may be cheating a pinch this week. I’m not sure this is the most important story, but it’s the one I think needs the most explaining. In a lot of ways, Amazon paying nearly half a billion dollars (to start) to make the most expensive TV series in history says more about the “streaming ...

Oscar Films Are As Popular On Streaming As They Were In Theaters…Not Very – Visual of the Week

One of the traditions of Oscar coverage—in addition to crazy awards campaigns and a season which lasts 9 months—is the habitual article pointing out how little box office the top films earn. Have I been guilty of writing this feature? Absolutely. Do Popular Oscar Films Make for Larger Oscar Telecast Ratings? Maybe. (2019) Putting Numbers to ...

The Week The Streaming Battle Became a War? – Measuring The Snyder Cut, Netflix’s Latest Datecdotes and Falcon, and Winter Soldier

Yesterday, Netflix had their quarterly earnings report and dropped ten new datecdotes—my term for Netflix’s measurement of the subscribers who watched 2 minutes in the first 28 days—on us. Add to that The Snyder Cut, a new streamer on the “acquired film list”, a new superhero show on Disney+, and we have a ton to ...

Is Netflix Finally Feeling the Covid-Induced Production Slowdown? And What Does It Mean for the Streaming Wars? – Most Important Story of the Week: 16 April 21

As the self-appointed judge of what is “most important” in entertainment each week, I often remind myself that “story” doesn’t mean “event”. That’s why I’m so excited about this week’s story. If a trend is happening slowly, sometimes it flies under the radar, and we miss it entirely. Which doesn’t mean the trends aren’t important, ...

What to Make of Streaming’s Viewership Decline? – The Streaming Ratings Report for 14-April-21

Last week was my most viewed streaming ratings report to date. I guess that’s what happens when you write about WandaVision! (And as a result get featured in WordPress’ reader application.)  The theme of the week is “slow”. We didn’t have a lot of buzzy new titles, and as a result, total viewership of the ...

Who Won The Big Sony-Netflix Film Deal? – Most Important Story of the Week: 9 Apr 21

The theme of the week is “context”. For the second week, Netflix is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for film rights. To put that in context requires entsplaining everything from “content arms dealers” to “portfolio theory” to “pay-1 theatrical films”. (And if you don’t know what those terms are, I’ll explain that too.) So ...

Did Raya And the Last Dragon Sell 1.18 Million Copies in the US on Its Opening Weekend?

Let’s start by what question I’m NOT answering today: Should Disney keep releasing films to “premiere access”? Ultimately, yeah, I want to answer that question. It’s really important. (For those who don’t know, Premier Access is the movies released at the same time as theaters that cost $30. I’ll call this PVOD, or premium video-on-demand ...

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