Netflix’s ‘Boss Baby,’ ‘The Crown’ Top TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Boss Baby: Back in Business” was the top rising show and the service’s “The Crown” was the top binge program on the TV Time charts for the week ended Nov. 22.

“The Crown,” season four of which debuted Nov. 15, chronicles the continuing saga of the British royal family with the addition of a new princess, Diana, and the marital problems that ensue with her husband and heir to the throne Prince Charles. It also follows the friction between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman). The series took the bronze on the rising show chart.

Coming in behind ABC’s long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” at No. 3 on the binge chart was “The Queen’s Gambit,” which debuted on Netflix Oct.  23. The limited series is a coming-of-age story following a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Netflix Nov. 23 announced that 62 million  households had watched “The Queen’s Gambit” in its first 28 days, making it the service’s biggest limited series ever.

Top rising show “Boss Baby: Back in Business,” season four of which hit Netflix Nov. 17, is a computer-animated series produced by DreamWorks Animation that is a follow-up to the 2017 film The Boss Baby, based on the book by Marla Frazee.

Hulu’s “Animaniacs” is a reboot of the beloved 1990s animated series. It debuted Nov. 20 and features the original cast voices.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended Nov. 22 by Share of Binges:

  1. “The Crown” (Netflix) — 5.72%
  2. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 2.24%
  3. “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix) — 2.22%
  4. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.66%
  5. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.58%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.41%
  7. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.38%
  8. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.35%
  9. “Dash & Lily” (Netflix) — 1.33%
  10. “Supernatural” (The CW) — 1.26%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended Nov. 22 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “The Boss Baby: Back in Business” (Netflix) — 95.9%
  2. “Animaniacs” (Hulu) — 94.2%
  3. “The Crown” (Netflix) — 76%
  4. “FBI” (CBS) — 74.9%
  5. “Wizards of Waverly Place” (Disney Channel) — 64.1%
  6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney+) — 45.3%
  7. “NCIS” (CBS) — 40.6%
  8. “His Dark Materials” (BBC One) — 35%
  9. “Ethos” (Netflix) — 30.8%
  10. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 27.8%

The Crown: Season Four

STREAMING REVIEW:

Netflix;
Drama;
Not rated.
Stars Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor, Emma Corrin, Marion Bailey, Erin Doherty, Stephen Boxer, Emerald Fennell.

The acclaimed series about the British monarchy takes a turn in its fourth season to focus on the women who defined the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

With Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) having served as Queen for several decades, the series shifts further away from dealing with her adjusting to the position, and puts more emphasis on examining the appropriateness of a monarchy in modern society, and the impact that open question has on Elizabeth’s growing family.

In particular, the season introduces Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and takes a hard look behind the scenes of her marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), which famously ended in divorce before her tragic death in a car accident in 1997.

Diana is depicted as a bright-eyed teenager looking for a fairy tale life and getting a lot more than she expected, with Charles marrying her only out of convenience to satisfy the pressures of his hereditary duties. Much to the chagrin of his family, he remains in a discreet relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell), who the previous season had been deemed unsuitable as a match for the future king.

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Meanwhile, the other major thread of the season concerns the rise of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) as prime minister, who vows to reshape the country from the bottom up. This leads to a bit of a clash of personalities with the Queen, who doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with her policies — a disagreement that eventually spills out into the press in a breach of protocol that proves scandalous. Thatcher, in turn, finds the royal family to be a bit boorish and out of touch with her perception of the common British citizen. As they are roughly the same age, the season takes the obvious, but effective, move of exploring their parallel tracks toward leadership — working class republicanism versus aristocratic duty.

The season also hits upon some of the other historical milestones of the 1980s, such as the Falklands War, and even finds time for a welcome cameo from some familiar faces from earlier seasons. One fascinating detour involves focusing an episode on the story of Michael Fagan, an unemployed commoner who managed to break into Buckingham Palace in 1982 and managed to have a conversation with the Queen in her private bedroom.

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With this latest batch of 10 episodes, the series maintains its usually high marks for writing and acting, and while the veracity of certain off-the-record events might be open to scrutiny, the season will likely be up for several awards when the time comes.

Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education’ Top ‘TV Time’ Binge Week Chart

Netflix created the binge-viewing phenomenon, so it’s understandable if two of the SVOD pioneer’s original series ranked among the top-three binged TV shows from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, according to TV Time.com.

Top series streamed repeatedly included Netflix’s “Russian doll,” starring Natasha Lyonne, and “Sex Education,” starring Gillian Anderson, Kedar Williams and Asa Butterfield, among others.

Notably, re-runs of “Friends” finished third, underscoring why Netflix paid $100 million to series’ owner Warner Bros. Television for the rights through 2019.

TV Time claims to rank shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the TV Time app within a given day.

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Separately, TV Time reports that actress Natasha Lyonne was the No. 1 trending talent of the week, based on fan votes. Lyonne’s role as Nadia Vulvokov in “Russian Doll” is currently the third runner-up out of Lyonne’s cast of characters following “Orange Is the New Black” and “Smoky Quartz.”

 

 

Fox to Bow Seasons of ‘The X-Files,’ ‘The Gifted,’ ‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ on Disc This Fall

Television series seasons from “The X-Files,” “The Gifted,” “9-1-1” and “The Resident” are coming out on Blu-ray and DVD this fall from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The next chapter of The X-Files: Season 11 is due Sept. 18 on Blu-ray and DVD. The 10-episode installment of the series features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating unsolved cases rife with government conspiracies, unexplainable mysteries and alien cover-ups. Mulder and Scully’s pursuit of the truth continues with a search for their long-lost son. Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “Solve for X: Constructing Season 11” and “Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files.” Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD releases include a gag reel, “Conversation on the Fox Lot,” “The Scully Effect,” “Green Production,” commentary on “Kitten” and commentary on “My Struggle IV.”

Season one of the procedural drama “9-1-1” comes out on disc Sept. 25. It explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters and stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton.

The Gifted Season 1 hits disc Sept. 25. The series tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants. Set within the “X-Men” universe, the series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White.

The Resident Season 1, due Oct. 2 on disc, stars Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”) in a medical drama that focuses on the final years of a young doctor’s training.