August 9, 2022
It was a big week for Hulu. The service’s “Only Murders in the Building” topped the Whip Media chart of streaming originals and its “Predator” franchise film Prey led the chart of streaming movies among U.S. consumers for the week ended Aug. 7.
“Only Murders in the Building,” season two of which began streaming in weekly episodes June 28, rose from the No. 2 spot to No. 1. In the season, following the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger, Charles, Oliver and Mabel race to unmask her killer. However, three (unfortunate) complications ensue — the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbors who all think they committed murder.
Prey follows an alien hunter from the long-running “Predator” franchise as it wreaks havoc in the Comanche nation of 300 years ago. It started streaming on Hulu Aug. 5.
TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.
Debuting at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “The Sandman,” which started streaming Aug. 5. Based on the Neil Gaiman DC comic book of the same name, the series tells the story of Morpheus/Dream. Upon escaping after decades of imprisonment by a mortal wizard, Dream, the personification of dreams, sets out to recover his lost equipment.
Remaining at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was “Big Brother,” season 24 of which started streaming on Paramount+ July 6. In the reality series, people live together in a house outfitted with cameras and microphones recording their every move.
Debuting in the No. 2 spot on the streaming movies chart was Disney’s theatrical release Lightyear, which started streaming on Disney+ Aug. 3. (It’s also available for digital purchase through transactional retailers.) In the animated film based on the Toy Story character, while spending years trying to return home, marooned space ranger Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) encounters an army of ruthless robots.
Landing at No. 3 on the streaming movies chart was Sony Pictures’ box office hit Uncharted, which started streaming on Netflix Aug. 5 under a preexisting deal between the studio and the streamer. The action adventure follows street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland), who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunger Victor “Sully” Sullivan (March Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago.
Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Aug. 7:
- “Only Murders in the Building” — Hulu
- “The Sandman” — Netflix (Series Premiere)
- “Big Brother” (U.S.) — Paramount+
- “Virgin River” — Netflix
- “The Orville” — Hulu
- “Harley Quinn” — HBO Max
- “Love Island” U.S. — Peacock
- “Uncoupled” — Netflix
- “Stranger Things” — Netflix
- “American Horror Stories” — Hulu
Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers Aug. 5-7:
- Prey — Hulu
- Lightyear — Disney+
- Uncharted — Netflix
- Purple Hearts — Netflix
- The Gray Man — Netflix
- Luck — Apple TV+
- Wedding Season — Netflix
- They/Them — Peacock
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — Disney+
- Not Okay — Hulu