Who Did Better, WandaVision or The Falcon and Winter Soldier? It Doesn’t Matter, Disney Wins Either Way – Streaming Ratings Report 26-May-21

I leave for one week of vacation and come back to not one, but two big merger announcements. If all the merger news of the last two weeks shows us anything, it’s the value of top tier content. And what’s the easiest way—allegedly—to do that? By mining “IP” to make reboots, remakes and and prequels. ...

The Merger That Defines The Streaming Wars: How Discovery Merging With Warner Media Illuminates the Key Schism in the Entertainment Industry

What a time to be alive and writing a column on the business of entertainment. I get back from vacation, and not only do I get a mega Hollywood divorce, but I get a mega Hollywood marriage. In the same story! This deal—AT&T selling Warner Media to Discovery—has me bursting with thoughts.  As you’ll likely ...

When Going “All In” Is Bad Strategy – Most Important Story of the Week: 14 May 21

Ever get a phrase stuck in your head? Like an ear worm? I had one of those this week, as I debated between anointing ViacomCBS, Comcast or Discovery as the “most important” story of the week. To exorcise that mental demon, and to mix metaphors, I plan to debunk it today. (Sign up for my ...

Is Prime Video Having Its Best Stretch of Content In the “Ratings Era”? – The Streaming Ratings Report: 12-May-2021

This week, Them, from Prime Video made it up to second place on the “Originals” top ten list from Nielsen. Which left me wondering: Is Amazon’s Prime Video having their best stretch ever? Let’s find out. That plus Thunder Force’s “good” debut, The Handmaid’s Tale having an (allegedly) strong debut, and speculation about Invincible’s future ...

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Are Theaters Dead or About to Come Back to Life? – Most Important Story of the Week – 7 May 21

Two and a half months back, I made a bold call. Looking at the pace of vaccinations, the growth of that growth and the incredible effectiveness of vaccines, I said, “By May, theaters will be back!” Since the only thing more valuable than making predictions is checking to see if they were right, given that ...

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 ...

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