Majority of Weekly Most-Viewed Netflix Movies Come From Rival Studios

NEWS ANALYSIS — Netflix may have a stranglehold on subscription streaming video eyeballs — but not so when it comes to the origins of its most popular movies.

Six out of the 10 most-viewed movies on Netflix for the week ended Dec. 31, 2023, were produced at rival studios, including Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures. Three of those studios have their own SVOD platforms.

The third most-popular movie last week with 8.4 million views was the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, co-starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, which is also available to stream on Hulu and Prime Video. At No. 5 was The Super Mario Bros. Movie with 7.4 million views, which had been streaming exclusively on the Peacock platform since last August before leaving in December.

At No. 7 was Top Gun: Maverick with 6.2 million views. The 2021 theatrical blockbuster is concurrently streaming on Prime Video, MGM+, Paramount+, YouTube, The Roku Channel, Sling TV, and Philo, among other platforms. At No. 9 was The Boss Baby: Family Business with 5.9 million views. The 2021 sequel is also streaming on Peacock, Hulu and fuboTV.

The eighth and 10th most-viewed movies included Sony Pictures’ low-budget Tom Berenger sequels Sniper: Ultimate Kill (2017) and Sniper: Assassin’s End (2020) with 6.1 million and 5.7 million views, respectively.

Speaking on last fiscal call, co-CEO Ted Sarandos said the streamer’s goal (especially during last year’s Hollywood strikes) was to find content from myriad sources that would appeal to wider audiences — regardless of genre and/or age.

“We have to find that right balance of [original content vs. licensed] investment and finding the right product market fit…[to] most importantly help create a value proposition for consumers,” Sarandos said.

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Season Two of ‘Julia’ Starts Streaming on Max Nov. 16

The eight-episode second season of the Max original series “Julia” debuts with three episodes Nov. 16 on Max, followed by one episode weekly through Dec. 21.
 
In season two, with her trailblazing cooking show up and running on the air, Julia grapples with her rising celebrity and what that means for her, her colleagues and her show. Julia and her devoted husband Paul return from Simca’s home in France to find that her success has changed everything. Through her singular joie de vivre, she and her team must navigate WGBH, the White House and a threat from their past, while continuing to spearhead female-driven public television and confront social issues still prevalent today.

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Returning series regulars include Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott and Robert Joy.

 

Paramount+ Celebrates Return of ‘Frasier’ With Crane, Food Truck in Boston

To celebrate the premiere of its new original series “Frasier,” Paramount+ Oct. 12 launched events and activations throughout Boston in celebration of Frasier Crane’s return to the city where audiences first met him.

Paramount+ is serving up tossed salads and scrambled eggs at a food truck, hosting “Cheers” and “Frasier” trivia in the iconic bar and showcasing a literal Frasier “Crane” banner in the city. Bostonians can join the celebration with a free 30-day trial of Paramount+ here by signing up with promo code: CRANE.

Consumers can test their “Frasier” knowledge with series trivia and watch new episodes of the Paramount+ original series “Frasier” at the iconic “Cheers” bar at 84 Beacon Street on select Thursdays through Dec. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fans can sign up and get more detailed information here.

A 30-foot-tall banner that showcases the new “Frasier” series key art rises above Beantown Oct. 13-14 via a giant crane downtown at the Rose Kennedy Greenway near the Rings Fountain on Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street. 

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Guests enjoy food from the “Frasier” food truck Oct. 13 in Boston. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Paramount+)

In an homage to the series’ iconic theme song, a food truck is serving free tossed salads and scrambled eggs (while supplies last) with “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs” playing through the speakers at multiple stops throughout the city Oct. 13-14.

“Frasier” follows Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) in the next chapter of his life as he returns to Boston with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill. The series premiered with two episodes on Oct. 12, exclusively on Paramount+. New episodes drop weekly on Thursdays.

 

Max Renews ‘And Just Like That … ‘ for Third Season

Max has renewed the original series “And Just Like That …,” from executive producer Michael Patrick King, for a third season. The eleven-episode second season debuted June 22 and concludes August 24.
 
Season two of the “Sex and the City” reboot stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sara Ramírez, Sarita Choudhury, Nicole Ari Parker, Karen Pittman, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Christopher Jackson, Niall Cunningham, Cathy Ang, Alexa Swinton and John Corbett.
 
“We are delighted to share that since the launch of season two, ‘And Just Like That …’ ranks as the No. 1 Max Original overall, and is the most-watched returning Max Original to date,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, Max, said in a statement. “As we approach the highly anticipated season finale on Thursday, we raise our cosmos to Michael Patrick King and his magnificent team of writers, producers, cast and crew who continue to charm us, 25 years later, with dynamic friendships and engaging stories. We cannot wait for audiences to see where season three will take our favorite New Yorkers.”
 
“We are thrilled to spend more time in the ‘Sex and the City’ universe telling new stories about the lives of these relatable and aspirational characters played by these amazing actors. And Just Like That… here comes season three,” King said in a statement.

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The series is developed and executive produced by King, alongside executive producers John Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. The HBO series “Sex and the City” was created by Darren Star and based on the book “Sex and the City” by Candace Bushnell.

Prime Video Bows Trailer for ‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart,’ Due Aug. 4

Prime Video released the official trailer for Amazon Original series “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart,” launching exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories on Aug. 4.

The series stars Sigourney Weaver and is directed by Glendyn Ivin (Penguin Bloom, Safe Harbour) and from the producers of “Big Little Lies,” “Nine Perfect Strangers” and “Anatomy of a Scandal.”

Based on Holly Ringland’s best-selling novel, the seven-part series tells the story of Alice Hart. When Alice, aged 9, tragically loses her parents in a mysterious fire, she is taken to live with her grandmother June at Thornfield flower farm, where she learns that there are secrets within secrets about her and her family’s past. Set against Australia’s natural landscape, and with native wildflowers and plants providing a way to express the inexpressible, the family drama spans decades. As she grows from her complicated past, Alice’s journey builds to an emotional climax when she finds herself fighting for her life against a man she loves. 

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Weaver stars as June Hart, Asher Keddie as Sally Morgan, Leah Purcell as Twig North, Frankie Adams as Candy Blue, and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alice Hart. 

Other cast members include Alexander England (How to Please a Woman), Charlie Vickers (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I Am Woman), Sebastián Zurita (Amazon Original series “Como Sobrevivir Soltero”), Alyla Browne (“Nine Perfect Strangers”) and Xavier Samuel (Elvis).

 

‘Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation’ to Stream on Disney+ March 10

Disney+ will celebrate recording artist Miley Cyrus’ eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation with an original special event “Miley Cyrus —Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions)” streaming March 10 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

Miley Cyrus serves as executive producer on the music-focused performance special from Disney Branded Television, which will showcase new music from Endless Summer Vacation, including “Flowers,” which has been No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks since its debut.

In the special, Cyrus will also perform seven additional tracks from the album, one of her classic hits and a duet with Rufus Wainwright.

The special is threaded with exclusive interviews in the famed Los Angeles house where Frank Sinatra once lived and where Cyrus shot the music video for “Flowers.” Cyrus provides insight into her new album and the person she is today.

“Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions)” is produced by Miley Cyrus, RadicalMedia, HopeTown Entertainment, Crush Management and Columbia Records.

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The “Backyard Sessions” are a series that Cyrus began in 2012 for her fans to allow them to watch her and her band perform in an intimate, outdoor setting.

Endless Summer Vacation will be available globally, both digitally and at physical retailers via Columbia Records, on March 10. Consumers can preorder multiple configurations now, including black vinyl, exclusive red vinyl and an exclusive clear vinyl variant only available on shop.mileycyrus.com. Fans can also presave the album on streaming services.

‘Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.’ Season Two Debuts on Disney+ March 31

Disney+ revealed the new trailer and a March 31 premiere date for season two of the Disney+ original series “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”

The series dives into the highs and lows of teen romance, set against the beauty of Hawaii. The Disney Branded Television series, which was nominated for four CAFE Emmy’s, is produced by 20th Television. 

In season two, when Lahela’s (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) first love Walter (Alex Aiono) returns from the World Surf Tour, he’s not the same boyfriend she said good-bye to months before. But she’s not the same girl either. That becomes clear when she meets a bad boy on a dirt bike, Nico (Milo Manheim.) She’s faced with a decision: fight for what she knows is true, or give new love a chance. It’s all complicated by the pressures of being a teenage doctor. Luckily, she has her family, coworkers and best friend Steph (Emma Meisel) to support her along the way.

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Season one of “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” is currently available to stream on Disney+. All four seasons of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” starring Neil Patrick Harris will be available to stream on Disney+ in the United States starting March 15.

 

Adult Animated Comedy ‘Ten Year Old Tom’ Streaming Sept. 30 on HBO Max

The Max Original adult animated comedy series “Ten Year Old Tom” will debut Sept. 30 on HBO Max.

The series is created and written by Steve Dildarian (“The Life & Times of Tim”), who will executive produce with TV animation veteran Nick Weidenfeld (“The Boondocks,” “Rick & Morty”). Dildarian plays the lead character Tom alongside a cast that includes Byron Bowers, Todd Glass, Gillian Jacobs, Edi Patterson and John Malkovich with guest appearances by David Duchovny, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne, Mark Proksch, Tim Robinson, George Wallace and more.

“Steve Dildarian is a tremendous talent and a wonderful collaborator,” Billy Wee, SVP of comedy and animation at HBO Max, said in a statement. “We can’t wait for comedy fans everywhere to experience the absurd brilliance of ‘Ten Year Old Tom.'”

“I wanted to write a show about a kid who’s trying to make sense of the world around him, but to do it in a way that doesn’t pull punches,” Dildarian said in a statement. “HBO Max is the perfect home for a show like that, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”

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“Ten Year Old Tom” follows the misadventures of an average kid as he contends with questionable guidance from the well-meaning grownups around him. Being a kid is hard enough for Tom, but when bad influences seem to lurk around every corner — from litigious parents and drug dealing bus drivers to school administrators who want to sleep with his mom — it’s downright impossible. While the adults in Tom’s life certainly mean well, they just can’t manage to lead by example.

‘Loki’ Top Show in Nearly Every Territory, According to New Global Streaming Original Chart

Disney+’s “Loki” was the top original streaming show in nearly every territory tracked June 7-20 in a global demand chart created under a new data agreement.

The new bi-monthly report, the Global Intelligence Tracker, is a collaboration between Whip Media and the Entertainment Globalization Association (EGA). The chart ranks the most viewed streaming original television series among U.S. viewers and highlights their corresponding performance in other key global streaming markets, showcasing how viewing varies by territory.

The EGA was founded in 2020 by Chris Fetner, formerly Netflix’s global director of postproduction partnerships and integrations.

The report is compiled utilizing Whip Media’s proprietary global panel of consumers who report what programs they follow and watch and, further, how they feel about those shows. The panel is made up of 17 million viewers in more than 170 countries and provides data on more than 4.5 million movie and TV episodes on 1,100 global platforms.

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“We know there is a global audience for content but as streaming platforms expand internationally, a barrier to entry still exists for many of their TV shows and localization has become more important than ever,” Chris Fetner, EGA managing director, said in a statement. “The Global Intelligence Tracker is the first report of its kind to identify where these barriers exist and provide actionable data to improve viewership. We’re excited to partner with Whip Media to provide this unique data to our members to help them share great stories around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Chris and the impressive membership of the EGA,” Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media, said in a statement. “By leveraging Whip Media’s extensive insights on how consumers watch and engage with programming on a country level, together we’re providing EGA members a new tool that will allow them to make smarter localization and licensing decisions for their content. The data will not only help them evaluate the demand for their content on a global basis but also see the demand for competitive content.”

At launch, the Global Intelligence Tracker will provide a list of the top 10 most viewed original TV series on leading U.S. streaming platforms and benchmark their viewership against countries in Eastern and Western Europe and Latin America, with additional markets coming soon. The Global Intelligence Tracker is available on the EGA and Whip Media websites and will be distributed through the EGA member newsletter.