Nielsen: Netflix’s Devil (‘Lucifer’) Returned Atop Weekly Streaming Chart Through May 30

Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil (a.k.a. Netflix’s “Lucifer”) relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.

How quickly “boredom” can be erased with the arrival of a new season of episodes. After Netflix dropped eight new episodes of the fifth season, the series was the most-streamed show on living room televisions, generating 1.28 billion minutes to dominate Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 charts of most-streamed original, licensed TV shows and movies through May 30. That compared with 321 million minutes across 77 episodes in the previous-week period.

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“There was really a lot of pent-up demand for the show,” said Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy.

Netflix original movie Army of the Dead generated 786 million minutes as the top-streamed movie. That was 14% lower than the 913 million minutes streamed the week before.

Among Netflix licensed shows, perennial charter “Grey’s Anatomy” tracked 633 million minutes across 374 episodes. That was almost 10% more than the 575 million minutes streamed last week across the identical number of episodes.

Fuhrer said 34% of the streaming audience for “Lucifer” represents the core streaming viewer: 18- to 34-year-olds.

“That’s really giving red meat to the hardcore streaming audience,” he said, adding that over half the streaming audience for original program runner-up “The Kominsky Method” is over the age of 65.

“That’s pretty extraordinary from a SVOD perspective,” Fuhrer said.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.


Original Movies:


SVOD Provider

Program Name


Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix Army of the Dead (2021) 1 786
2 Netflix Home (2015) 1 449
3 Netflix Blue Miracle (2021) 1 338
4 Netflix The Mitchells vs. The Machines 1 302
5 Netflix Dog Gone Trouble 1 283
6 Disney+ Cruella  1 280
7 Disney+ Moana 1 196
8 Netflix The Woman in the Window 1 162
9 Disney+ Raya and the Last Dragon 1 162
10 Netflix Sabotage (2014) 1 122

Licensed Shows:


SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 374 633
2 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 310 616
3 Netflix “Start Up” 31 547
4 Netflix “Cocomelon” 9 543
5 Netflix “NCIS” 353 525
6 Netflix “Heartland” 177 354
7 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 288
8 Netflix “Supernatural” 328 270
9 Netflix “New Girl” 146 227
10 Amazon Prime Video “SpongeBob SquarePants” 161 217


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