Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Supplants Streamer’s ‘Virgin River’ Atop Weekly Streaming Through Aug. 7

U.S. consumers streamed a lot of content on living room televisions during the first week of August. Perennial chart topper “Virgin River” swapped spots with Netflix’s other top original show, “Stranger Things,” with the sci-fi series generating more than 1.42 billion minutes of consumption across 34 episodes.

The previous week’s No. 1, “Virgin River,” realized more than 1.38 billion minutes across 42 episodes. That was more than enough to best streaming access of Pixar Animation’s movie Lightyear (1.3 billion minutes) on Disney+.

Netflix’s DC Comics-based series “The Sandman” (1.02 billion) and theatrical pickup movie Uncharted (1.01 billion) rounded out the billion+ minutes club. The streamer again dominated weekly viewing, accounting for 90% of all programs streamed on the household television.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed
1 Netflix Stranger Things 34 1,424
2 Netflix Virgin River 42 1,389
3 Disney+ Lightyear 1 1,306
4 Netflix The Sandman (2022) 11 1,021
5 Netflix Uncharted (2022) 1 1,014
6 Netflix Purple Hearts (2022) 1 828
7 Netflix Cocomelon 18 741
8 Netflix Keep Breathing 6 722
9 Netflix NCIS 354 692
10 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 678

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

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