December 28, 2021
The Apple TV+ original comedy series “Ted Lasso” has received its share of critical acclaim, industry awards and viewers since launching in 2020. Now Roku, the streaming video conduit for myriad third-party services, says the show about an American college football coach (Jason Sudeikis) hired to run a British professional soccer team is the most popular series on its platform.
Citing a survey of more than 50,000 Roku users, the SVOD market co-founder (with Netflix) said the series rated No. 1, just ahead of “WandaVision” on Disney+ and “Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. Netflix original series “Squid Game,” ranked No. 4.
WandaVision was also the most-pirated series in 2021, according to TorrentFreak.
The remaining top series, in order, included: “Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu), “Mare of Easttown” (HBO Max), “Heartland” (Netflix), “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+), “Succession” (HBO Max) and “90 Day Fiancé” on Discovery+.
Among the most-searched shows on Roku, they included (in order): “Yellowstone,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Halloween” and “The Chosen.”