‘Stranger Things’ Continues to Rise in Ratings, But Amazon Is Catching Eyes (NASDAQ:NFLX)
Another week, yet several billion minutes streamed on one of the Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) the biggest hits, as it wrapped up its fourth season last month.
stranger things again dominated online viewing in absolute numbers, streaming 4.8 billion minutes in Nielsen’s Latest Weekly Stream grades (July 4 to 10). The series has dominated viewing since the release of the first part of its fourth season on May 27, and got a boost with the release of the season finale on July 1.
It was an easy leader for the week, even though Amazon Prime Video (NASDAQ: AMZN) made noise with his latest hits. Second to stranger things was Amazon’s Chris Pratt series The list of terminals (1.56 billion minutes broadcast). And the finale to Amazon’s very grown-up superhero series The boys nabbed it in fourth place with 1.086 billion minutes, just behind Netflix (NFLX) The Umbrella Academy with 1.279 billion minutes.
Rounding the globally the top 10 included many of the usual Netflix (NFLX) streaming suspects: #5, Sing 2 (839 million minutes); Number 6, NCIS (837 million minutes); No. 7, Grey’s Anatomy (697 million minutes); No. 8, CoComelon (684 million minutes); No. 9, Only (which also aired on Hulu (NYSE: DIS) (CMCSA), 577 million minutes); and n°10, the movie girl in the photo, 537 million minutes.
The acquired-series the list was once 10 Netflix shows – but the streaming leader sees some competition from HBO Max on this list. While Netflix NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, CoComelon and Netflix/Hulu Only at the top of the list, HBO Max (WBD) landed Friends at No. 5, with 512 million minutes streamed. HBO Max has also placed The Big Bang Theory at No. 9, with 383 million minutes.
The original series the list topped the Netflix/Amazon shows that led the overall list, but it also featured Disney+ (DIS) at No. 7 with another week of Ms. Marvel (295 million minutes streamed), and Hulu (DIS) (CMCSA) landed at No. 10 with Only murders in the building (256 million minutes).
And the movies chart also had more diversity this week. While Netflix (NFLX) movies held the top four spots – Sing 2, Girl in the photo, The Beast from the Sea (430M minutes) and The man from Toronto (386 million minutes) – Disney+ (DIS) reached fifth place with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (362M minutes) and n°6 with Encanto (286 million minutes). Movie #8, The dark knight rises, streamed 243 million minutes streamed on Netflix and HBO Max (WBD). And Hulu (DIS) (CMCSA) made a rare theatrical appearance with Leave no trace (226 million minutes).
(Nielsen Streaming Ratings now includes viewing from six major broadcasters: Amazon Prime Video (AMZN), Apple TV+ (AAPL), Disney+ (DIS), HBO Max (WBD), Hulu (DIS) (CMCSA) and Netflix (NFLX).
This week, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has made news by confirming that it will combine HBO Max and Discovery+ into a single offering starting in summer 2023.