September 22, 2020
Driven by a mix of original and third-party licensed content, Netflix swept all 10 spots on Nielsen’s weekly SVOD programming chart from Aug. 17 to 23. The TV ratings guru earlier this month began publishing a weekly Top 10 chart of most-streamed SVOD programming from just Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It now also includes Disney+ and Hulu.
Netflix is led by “Lucifer,” the former Fox television series that found a second home on the SVOD pioneer. It bumped “The Umbrella Academy” into the No. 3 spot with nearly 1.6 billion minutes consumed over 75 episodes. “Academy” has tracked about 1 billion minutes streamed over 20 episodes.
In the No. 2 spot was “The Legend of Korra,” (1.28 billion minutes over 52 episodes) an animated television series originally created for Nickelodeon in 2012. The next three spots were held by reruns of “The Office,” “Shameless” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” which tracked 928 minutes, 802 minutes and 764 minutes, respectively, across a combined 2,494 episodes.
In the seventh spot was Project Power (761 minutes), an original action/sci-fi/fantasy film starring Jamie Foxx as an ex-soldier who mingles with a cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and teen (Dominique Fishback) in New Orleans to hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.
The movie was followed by reruns of “Criminal Minds” (713 minutes/277 episodes), “NCIS” (533 minutes/353 episodes) and “Teenage Bounty Hunters,” (422 minutes/10 episodes), the latter a teen comedy-drama series created by Kathleen Jordan that premiered on Netflix on Aug. 14.