Netflix’s ‘Lucifer,’ Anime ‘Aggretsuko’ Top TV Time Charts

Two Netflix shows topped TV Time’s “Binge” and “Shows on the Rise” charts for the week ended June 16.

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 company.

“Lucifer,” a canceled Fox series rescued by Netflix about the Lucifer’s escapades in Los Angeles, came in at No. 1 on the weekly “Binge Report,” which 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.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s anime comedy “Aggretsuko” came in at No.1 on the “Shows on the Rise” chart, which is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

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Top Binge Shows Week Ended June 16 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Lucifer” (Neflix) 5.06%
  2. “Good Girls” (NBC) 2.22%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) 2.15%
  4. “The 100” (CW) 1.95%
  5. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix) 1.75%
  6. “Game of Thrones” (HBO) 1.7%
  7. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) 1.58%
  8. “Designated Survivor” (Netflix) 1.56%
  9. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) 1.42%
  10. “Trinkets” (Netflix) 1.25%

 

Top Shows on the Rise Week Ended June 16 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Aggretsuko” (Netflix) 97.2%
  2. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix) 95.3%
  3. “Big Little Lies” (HBO) 86.7%
  4. “Kakegurui” (MB5) 85.2%
  5. “Krypton” (SYFY) 80.9%
  6. “Pose” (FX) 75.6%
  7. “Younger” (TV Land) 75.6%
  8. “Tales of the City” (Netflix) 75.3%
  9. “Good Witch” (Hallmark Channel) 71.7%
  10. “Siren” (Freeform) 67.5%

Redbox Charts See ‘The Upside’ at No. 1

Universal’s The Upside topped both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended May 26.

The comedy, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. The film, about an out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other bring back their zest for life, earned $108.3 million at the box office.

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Two other new disc releases, Universal’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Warner’s Isn’t It Romantic, landed at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on the disc chart. The two titles switched places, with Dragon at No. 3 and Romantic No. 2 on the digital chart for the week. The third installment in the series about a boy and his dragon made $160.6 million theatrically, while the romantic comedy sendup starring Rebel Wilson earned $48.8 million.

The previous week’s top title, Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson actioner Cold Pursuit, fell to No. 4 on both charts, while the wrestling story Fighting With My Family, No. 2 on both charts the previous week, landed at No. 5 on the disc chart (No. 7 on digital).

Again boosted by the theatrical release of the latest installment in the Keanu Reeves series, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, Lionsgate’s catalog actioner John Wick dropped one spot to No. 5, hanging in on the digital chart.

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Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 26:

  1. The Upside (New) — Universal
  2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (New) — Universal
  3. Isn’t It Romantic (New) — Warner
  4. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  5. Fighting With My Family — Universal
  6. What Men Want— Paramount
  7. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — Warner
  8. Glass— Universal
  9. Happy Death Day 2U — Universal
  10. Serenity (2019) —Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 26:

  1. The Upside — STX
  2. Isn’t It Romantic — Warner
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — Universal
  4. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  5. John Wick — Lionsgate
  6. What Men Want — Paramount
  7. Fighting With My Family — MGM
  8. Glass — Universal
  9. The Mule — Warner
  10. Green Book — Universal

‘The Upside’ Climbs to Top of FandangoNow Chart

The comedy The Upside was the top film purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow for the week ended May 19.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

The Universal film stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston as an out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other bring back their zest for life. It earned $108.2 million in theaters.

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit, starring Liam Neeson, jumped up two spots to No. 2. In the film, which earned $32 million at the box office, Neeson plays a grieving snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.

Taking the third spot was Universal’s Fighting With My Family, a comedy about World Wrestling Entertainment star Paige featuring Dwayne Johnson. It made $23 million in theaters.

Another Universal title, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the series about a boy and his dragon, dropped two spots to No. 4. It made $160 million at the box office.

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Boosted by the May 17 theatrical debut of the third installment in the Lionsgate series, the double feature of John Wick and John Wick 2, starring Keanu Reeves as a hitman out for revenge, jumped five spots to No. 5 on the week’s chart.

Entering the chart at No. 10 was Universal’s horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U. The follow-up to 2017’s Happy Death Day earned $28 million at the box office.

The top 10 films purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow for the week ended May 19 were:

  1. The Upside (Universal)
  2. Cold Pursuit * (Lionsgate)
  3. Fighting With My Family (Universal)
  4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World * (Universal)
  5. John Wickand John Wick: Chapter 2 (Double Feature) * (Lionsgate)
  6. What Men Want* (Paramount)
  7. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part* (Warner)
  8. Glass* (Universal)
  9. Aquaman * (Warner)
  10. Happy Death Day 2U* (Universal)

*Available in 4K

Lionsgate’s ‘Cold Pursuit’ Hot on Redbox Charts

Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit traveled to the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended May 19.

The actioner, starring Liam Neeson as a grieving snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. The film earned $32 million at the box office.

Another new release, Universal’s Fighting With My Family, a story about a wrestling family featuring Dwayne Johnson, debuted on both charts at No. 2. The film earned $23 million in theaters.

The only other new release in the top 10 was Universal’s horror film Happy Death Day 2U, which landed at No. 5 on the disc chart and No. 7 on the digital chart. The sequel earned $28 million at the box office.

The previous week’s top title, the Paramount comedy What Men Want, fell two spots to No. 3 on both charts, while the previous week’s No. 2, Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, fell to No. 4 on the disc and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Lionsgate’s Keanu Reeves actioner John Wick made an appearance at No. 4 on the digital chart as the latest installment in the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum, hit theaters.

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Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 19:

  1. Cold Pursuit(New) — Lionsgate
  2. Fighting With My Family (New) — Universal
  3. What Men Want — Paramount
  4. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — Warner
  5. Happy Death Day 2U (New) — Universal
  6. Glass— Universal
  7. Serenity (2019) —Universal
  8. The Mule — Warner
  9. Miss Bala (2019)— Sony
  10. A Dog’s Way Home— Sony

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 19:

  1. Cold Pursuit — Lionsgate
  2. Fighting With My Family — MGM
  3. What Men Want — Paramount
  4. John Wick — Lionsgate
  5. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — Warner
  6. Glass — Universal
  7. Happy Death Day 2U — Universal
  8. The Mule — Warner
  9. Aquaman — Warner
  10. Serenity(2019) — Universal

Video Streaming Widens Appeal Over Pay-TV Among Telecom Customers

Video streaming expanded its lead over subscription TV service in terms of customer satisfaction, rising to a score of 76 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 100-point scale.

According to the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2018-2019, subscription TV service stagnated at 62, tied with internet service providers for last place among all industries tracked by the ACSI — subscription TV, ISPs, fixed-line telephone service, video-on-demand service and video streaming service.

Video streaming topped all industries tracked.

“Video streaming once again proves itself to be the best of the telecom industries in customer satisfaction,” said David VanAmburg, managing director at the ACSI. “Traditional telecom providers have tried to step up their game, but they’re not providing original content the way video streaming is, and in part they suffer guilt by association — if customers aren’t satisfied overall with Comcast, they’re probably going to ding Comcast’s on-demand service too.”

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Among video streaming services, Netflix secured first place at 79 after sharing the lead with Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Amazon Twitch the previous year. Netflix ranked at the top for original content among all streaming services, according to the ACSI. Sony’s PlayStation Vue landed in second place at 78, followed by the Microsoft Store at 77. Hulu stepped up to match Amazon Prime Video and Apple iTunes at 76. Five services clustered at 75: CBS All Access, Google Play, Amazon’s gaming platform Twitch, Walmart’s Vudu and Google’s YouTube. Dish Network’s Sling TV was the most improved, meeting HBO at 74. Starz matched the combined score of smaller platforms at 72, while Showtime followed close behind at 71. AT&T’s DirecTV Now fell to 69, ahead of only Sony Crackle, which remained unchanged at 68.

For the past six years, customer satisfaction with subscription TV has languished in the mid-to-low 60s, according to the study. AT&T’s U-verse TV held the lead for subscription TV at 69, followed by Verizon’s Fios at 68 and Dish Network at 67. AT&T’s satellite TV service DirecTV came in at 66, Altice’s Optimum tallied 61, and Charter’s Spectrum came in at 59 to tie with Cox Communications. Frontier Communications and Comcast’s Xfinity came in at 57. Mediacom followed closely at 56. Altice’s Suddenlink tumbles to the bottom of the category at 55.

Customer satisfaction with video-on-demand service slipped to an ACSI score of 67 as viewers continue to turn toward streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, according to the study. AT&T’s U-verse TV service held the lead a year ago, but this year shared the top spot with Verizon’s Fios at a score of 72. Satellite provider Dish Network dropped to 71 but remained just ahead of DirecTV, unchanged at 70. Frontier Communications debuted in the category with a score of 67, in line with the industry average. Three decliners met at 66: Cox Communications, Altice’s Optimum and Comcast’s Xfinity. Charter’s Spectrum remains unchanged at the bottom of the category with a 64.

Unchanged at a score of 62, ISPs remain at the bottom of the ACSI rankings. Most ISPs are still falling short of providing good service at an affordable price, according to the ACSI release. Verizon’s Fios was stable at the top of the category with an ACSI score of 70, but AT&T Internet closed in at 69. Altice’s Optimum fell to 63 but remained the leader among coaxial providers. Meanwhile, Comcast’s Xfinity inched closer to the industry average at 61. Cox Communications tallied 60, tying Altice’s Suddenlink. Charter’s Spectrum and CenturyLink came in at 59.

Local SVOD Players Challenging Netflix in Nordic Markets

The Nordic markets have among the highest uptake of streaming SVOD services in Europe, but local players are giving Netflix a run for its money, according to new research from Ampere Analysis.

Despite strong demand in the Nordic markets for streaming content, the average market share of Netflix in the region is just 49%. That compares to an average of 71% in the rest of Western Europe.

While smaller individually, local players such as Viaplay, TV2 Play, C More and the regional version of HBO account for the majority of streaming service contracts in the region. In every other Western European market except Germany, Italy and Spain, Netflix claims the majority of SVOD subscriptions.

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Nordic Noir (crime content originating in the Scandinavian countries) is a key export for local content producers, but there are early signs that local streaming players are starting to move beyond the genre, according to Ampere. Analysis of content currently in production or development (but not yet completed or aired) in the region, shows that 47% of all shows are crime or thriller, but streaming players are less focused on the genre than linear channel players. Although the local linear channels and broadcasters have far more shows in development than local streaming players (59 different shows versus 23 from streaming players), an even greater proportion are crime. More than half (52%) of all shows in production for linear channels are crime compared to just 39% for streaming players.

Of shows currently in production or development locally, the next biggest genre for streaming players is comedy (22% of shows in development). Linear players, however, are looking to historical drama for their next big hits (10% of shows in development).

“The Nordic countries are home to the most dynamic streaming TV markets in Europe and local players have had to deal with a rapid transition of TV viewers to streaming services,” said Ampere analyst Elinor Clark in a statement. “Content is now the key battleground and, while Nordic Noir has served the region well, there is indication that local players will now look to develop comedy and period drama as the next big push.”

Comedy ‘What Men Want’ Tops FandangoNow Chart

The comedy What Men Want was the top film purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow for the week ended May 12.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional VOD service.

The Paramount film, starring Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, earned $54.6 million in theaters.

Universal’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the series about a boy and his dragon, dropped one spot to No. 2. It made $160 million at the box office. Meanwhile, the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy flew up one spot to No. 8, showing continued strong interest in the franchise for the week.

Warner’s animated sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which earned $105.8 million in theaters, debuted in the third spot on the chart.

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Jumping up one spot from No. 5 in the previous week to No. 4 was Lionsgate’s Cold Pursuit, starring Liam Neeson as a grieving snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. The film earned $32 million at the box office.

Warner’s DC superhero flick Aquaman floated up from No. 9 to No. 5.

Boosted by the impending May 17 theatrical debut of the third installment in the Lionsgate series, the double feature of John Wick and John Wick 2, starring Keanu Reeves as a hitman out for revenge, landed at No. 10 on the week’s chart.

The top 10 films purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow for the week ended May 12 were:

  1. What Men Want*
  2. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World*
  3. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part *
  4. Cold Pursuit*
  5. Aquaman *
  6. Glass*
  7. Isn’t It Romantic*
  8. “How to Train Your Dragon” Trilogy*
  9. The Mule*
  10. John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 (Double Feature) *

*Available in 4K

Study: Online TV Is Second-Most-Popular TV Viewing Choice in U.K., Sweden and Germany

A new survey of TV viewers in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany found that online TV is now the second most popular viewing source behind pay-TV, with usage ranging from just under 40% in Germany to more than 50% in the U.K. and Sweden.

Nielsen company Gracenote and digital media analyst firm nScreenMedia conducted the survey, “TV Universe — U.K., Sweden, Germany: How People Watch Television Today,” in the first quarter of 2019, focusing on pay TV, free-to-air and online TV viewership in the three European countries that account for 31% of the European Union’s total population, according to Statista.

The online TV viewership growth in the three countries “is a remarkable rise as online TV is a relatively new offering,” according to the research firms. In fact, Netflix launched in the United Kingdom in just 2012. Whereas 12 years ago most homes relied on a single-source for TV, today nearly half of viewers in all three of the countries studied are multi-source television households, the researchers noted.

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“Consumer behavior relating to TV viewing is changing rapidly in Europe as it is around the world,” said Simon Adams, chief product officer, Gracenote, in a statement.

Pay TV is currently the most popular television source in the U.K. and Sweden with nearly two in three consumers in each market using it, the survey found, but in Germany the most popular source is free-to-air TV, which accounts for the vast majority of viewers at nearly eight in 10.

In all three European markets surveyed, consumers pointed to on-screen program guides and user interfaces as being critical tools for finding content to watch. Six in 10 viewers indicated visual imagery and TV artwork displayed in guides exert important influence on their viewing choices. Among the 18-to-24-year-old demographic, the number jumped up to around 90%. In addition, respondents indicated TV show and movie descriptions that shed light on content are also factors in their tune-in decision-making, with 70% of U.K. viewers, 65% of Swedes and 57% of Germans saying the program descriptions were at least somewhat important.

The study also found free-to-air TV is gaining traction on mobile with more free-to-air viewers using broadcaster apps to supplement viewing than pay TV viewers use their operator “TV Everywhere” apps. In fact, more than half of free-to-air users in each country use broadcaster apps.

The smart TV is the preferred device to watch video content on in all three countries, according to the study. A significant 70% of total viewing time is on the TV screen in the United Kingdom and Germany, while in Sweden, it is 60%. Samsung is the most popular TV brand in all three countries.

Other insights include:

  • 17% of the U.K. study group use all three TV sources available to them, higher than in Sweden and Germany;
  • While the on-screen guide is the dominant way Swedes and Brits find content to watch, newspaper TV guides and channel flipping are the main ways for Germans; and
  • 31% of Swedes consider online TV to be their primary TV source, the highest of the three countries studied.

 

“The new TV Universe study shows that online TV has become the second most popular source of TV entertainment in a remarkably short period of time,” said Colin Dixon, founder and chief analyst at nScreenMedia in a statement. “Also telling is the fact that, though most online viewing takes place on the television, consumers don’t have the discovery tools they need to efficiently find something to watch there. Features such as voice and cross-service search are thinly used in each country. There is also plenty of room for improvement with content recommendations as a quarter or less think they accurately reflect their interests.”

The consumer research study conducted from February to March 2019 surveyed 1,500 adult TV viewers in the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden. The data was weighted to represent the general population of each country. The full report is available for free download now at nScreenMedia.com.

Comedy ‘What Men Want’ Tops Redbox Charts

The comedy What Men Want took the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended May 12.

The Paramount film, starring Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan, debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals. It earned $54.6 million in theaters.

Another new release, Warner’s The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part debuted on both charts at No. 2. The sequel made $105.8 million at the box office.

The Universal thriller Serenity, starring Mathew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, fell two spots to No. 3 on both charts, while the studio’s Glass, from M. Night Shyamalan, dropped one spot to No. 4 on both charts.

Fox’s new release The Prodigy debuted in the sixth spot on the disc chart. The horror film, about a dangerous genius boy, earned $14.9 million theatrically.

Stubbornly staying in the top 10, Warner’s The Mule, starring Clint Eastwood, came in at No. 7 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart.

Sony’s cross-border crime thriller Miss Bala dropped three spots to No. 5 on the disc chart and came in at No. 10 on the digital chart.

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Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 12:

  1. What Men Want (New) — Paramount
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (New) — Warner
  3. Serenity (2019) —Universal
  4. Glass— Universal
  5. Miss Bala (2019)— Sony
  6. The Prodigy (New) — Fox
  7. The Mule — Warner
  8. Escape Room (2019) — Sony
  9. Aquaman— Warner
  10. Bumblebee— Paramount

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 12:

  1. What Men Want — Paramount
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second — Warner
  3. Serenity (2019) — Universal
  4. Glass — Universal
  5. The Mule — Warner
  6. Aquaman — Warner
  7. The Prodigy — MGM
  8. A Simple Favor — Lionsgate
  9. Escape Room(2019) — Sony
  10. Miss Bala (2019) — Sony

Study: Women Represent Almost Half of Gamers, But Have Different Tastes

There are more than 1 billion female game enthusiasts in the world, representing 46% of that population, but they have different tastes, according to a study from NewZoo.

The recently launched Gamer Segmentation™ study separated gamers into eight personas, some over- and some under-indexing based on gender. NewZoo used new Consumer Insights from its latest round of primary research in 30 key markets.

Across all 30 markets, the top persona among female game enthusiasts is the Time Filler, a person who plays games, typically on mobile, to pass the time. Over a third of all female game enthusiasts fall within this group. The group also exhibits the biggest gender differences, with 36% of women fitting this persona vs. just 19% of men. In fact, almost two-thirds of all Time Fillers are women.

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The second-most prominent persona among female game enthusiasts is the Cloud Gamer, with 17%. Over a fifth of male gamers are in this group, making it their top persona. These gamers enjoy high-quality game experiences, preferably free-to-play or discounted titles, but only spend on hardware when necessary.

Meanwhile, 14% of female game enthusiasts are Popcorn Gamers, meaning they play a little but enjoy watching gaming content far more.

The No. 2 persona for men is Time Filler, followed by the Ultimate Gamer (15%). Ultimate Gamers love all things gaming — playing, owning, and viewing, and dedicate much of their free time and disposable income to the pastime. Male game enthusiasts are far likelier to be Ultimate Gamers than women: 15% vs. 9%, respectively.

Not all personas, however, exhibit clear gender differences. For example, around 6% of both men and women are Backseat Viewers, those who watch plenty of gaming video content/esports on Twitch and YouTube but hardly ever play games.

Filtering female game enthusiasts by age, women who are Ultimate Gamers were most likely to be between the ages of 26 and 30 (19%), whereas Conventional Players and Time Fillers were most likely to be aged 36-40 and 51-65, respectively.

In other findings, Ultimate Gamers were far likelier to be men than women, with men making up just under two-thirds of the group. In addition to all things gaming (playing, owning, and viewing), these consumers are likely to have an interest in computers, electronics, and gadgets and enjoy watching movies in their spare time. Compared to other personas, they are also likelier to live in a household with children. The largest share of Ultimate Gamers are males aged 21-35, accounting for over a third of gamers fitting this persona. Also, 19% of them are aged 26 to 30.

While Popcorn Gamers are also more likely to be male than female (54% vs. 46%), the gender spread is far more equal than some of the other personas. Still, the largest share of Popcorn Gamers are men aged 21-35, accounting for 22% of this persona. Typical hobbies of Popcorn Gamers include listening to music, watching movies and traveling. The largest share of this persona falls into the 21-25 age group (17%). Popcorn Gamers skew toward younger demographics with just under two-thirds of them aged 10 to 35.