Nielsen Retcon: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Topped ‘Soul’ in Christmas Streaming Minutes

When Nielsen last released its list of Top 10 streamed programs from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Hulu on the television, Pixar Animation’s Soul emerged the winner for the period Dec. 21-27, 2020, with 1.67 billion minutes viewed.

Apparently, that didn’t sit well with WarnerMedia, which had released Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day — the same day Soul premiered on Disney+. While Nielsen doesn’t yet track HBO Max television viewing data, with WW84 the first of Warner Bros. Pictures’ theatrical slate launching concurrently on Max, WarnerMedia convinced Nielsen to take another look. And, voila, the research company now says the Gal Gadot-starring DC Comics superhero sequel tracked 2.3 billion minutes — 35% more than Soul.

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“As was announced on Wednesday during [AT&T’s fiscal] earnings and as this Nielsen data shows, Wonder Woman 1984 was a huge holiday gift to the consumer at a time when they wanted and needed it,” Andy Forssell, EVP and GM of HBO Max, said in a statement. “This partnership with Warner Bros. of course continues throughout the year, but it began with Wonder Woman’s arrival on Christmas Day to great success.”

Nielsen’s weekly reconfigure pushed Netflix’s last week streaming “The Office” into the third spot with 1.43 billion minutes. The streaming behemoth’s original series, “Bridgerton,” dropped to fourth with 1.2 billion minutes streamed.

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