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Streaming Ratings Report

Is All American The New Manifest? No, But That’s a Great Headline

College football returns this week. Will it impact streaming ratings? Probably not. If anything, it’s the reverse: football comes back and broadcast ratings go up! But it got me thinking. Because college football is boring now. The seemingly same four schools go to the College Football Playoffs every year. Boring! (But is it good ratings? ESPN certainly seems to think a few juggernauts drive ratings. Maybe this is a “me”

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Deep Dives

Is Disney Finally Bigger than Netflix in the US? Yes…

– Disney and Netflix are in the “top tier” of US streaming subscribers, with 69.1 million and 66.8 million respectively. Disney just passed Netflix for top streaming subscriber in the US. – HBO, Prime Video, and Showtime/Paramount+ make up the next tier of streamers.    The latest issue of the Economist features a topic near and dear to my heart, intelligence. Specifically, “open source” intelligence, meaning publicly available data. The

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Streaming Ratings Report

Streaming Just Manifested Its Best Week in 2021

– For the first time in 2021, weekly top ten viewership surpassed the same week’s viewership in 2020. – Manifest, the recently cancelled NBC series produced by Warner Bros., is a hit for Netflix and has the third biggest single week of viewership since 2021 started. But it does benefit from having a lot of episodes to binge. – Luca had the third biggest opening weekend of 2021.   You may have

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Streaming Ratings Report

Free Is More Popular Than Not Free…and Other Lessons We’re Relearning in the Streaming Wars

Sometimes, in a midst of lots of disruption, we—the proverbial we being “society”, “business analysts” or just people on Twitter—forget that as much as things change, they mostly stay the same. That’s the lesson for today. Two lessons actually. While streaming ratings use new terminology, the business principles underlying them haven’t really changed that much. (Reminder: The streaming ratings report compiles data from Nielsen’s weekly top ten viewership ranks, Netflix

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Streaming Ratings Report

How Big is Hulu’s Biggest Hit?

One of the craziest parts of the streaming wars is actually how forward-thinking the traditional media companies were. Way back in 2007, they teamed up and created a joint venture that became Hulu, a streamer featuring TV episodes the day after they aired on broadcast. (But only, inexplicably, five episodes at a time, possibly the worst strategic decision of the 21st century.) Yet, with that head start, Hulu has languished

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Streaming Ratings Report

Is Prime Video Having Its Best Stretch of Content In the “Ratings Era”?

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 in today’s “Streaming Ratings Report”. (Reminder: The streaming ratings report compiles data from Nielsen’s weekly

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Streaming Ratings Report

What to Make of Streaming’s Viewership Decline?

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 top 30 titles is the lowest since we started tracking. But this is the eye

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Streaming Ratings Report

Did Netflix’s ‘The Crew’ Stall Out?

When I sit down each week to pull data for the “Streaming Ratings Report”, it honestly feels like Easter. (Why Easter? Well, we’re closer to that than Christmas, and my eldest child is excited for candy delivered in plastic eggs.) This week, my chocolate-filled egg was a new color on the Nielsen rankings. That’s right, a new color!  Check it out yourself: For the last few weeks, the top ten

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Streaming Ratings Report

How Big Were ‘Firefly Lane’ and ‘Crime Scene’ for Netflix?

As often happens in scientific/data endeavors, sometimes you work for hours/days on a project with no results, then, all of a sudden, it comes together and you make tons of progress rapidly. And, usually, the “tons of progress” doesn’t happen without the days of drudgery.  That’s what happened to me over the last week or so. After a few days of struggle, yesterday morning I had a breakthrough, which delayed

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Streaming Ratings Report

Nielsen’s New Top 30 Streaming Video Ratings…Explained!

Starting last August, Nielsen began releasing a weekly American top 10 most watched list for streaming video. I’ve been using it ever since. Nielsen mixed together TV and movies, and new (“originals”), second-run and library (“acquired”) titles on the same list.  In their year-end top ten list, though, Nielsen flipped the script and provided three different top ten lists. Formatting mine, with hours instead of minutes: This was a sign

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