Nielsen: Amazon’s ‘Borat 2’ Cracks Netflix’s Weekly Top 10

Amazon Prime Video’s pre-election release of Sasha Baron Cohen’s political satire Borat Subsequent Moviefilm cracked Netflix’s weekly dominance of most-popular streamed content on television, according to Nielsen.

The sequel to Cohen’s 2006 mockumentary featuring the British comic as Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious Kazakhstani journalist who travels back to the United States to sell his underage daughter,  finished No. 8 with 570 million minutes streamed between Oct. 19-25.

Again finishing atop the weekly chart was “Schitt’s Creek” with 1.05 billion minutes streamed across 80 episodes. Netflix’s license of “The Office,” continues to register with streamers, finishing No. 2 with 869 million minutes streamed across 192 episodes. Netflix’s original series, “The Haunting of Bly Manor” rounded out the podium with 838 million minutes across 9 episodes.

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Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Big Week for DVD, Blu-ray Disc Topped with ‘Bill & Ted’ Sequel, ‘Mulan’ and Trio of ‘Complete Season’ TV Series Sets

It’s a big week for DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, with Warner Bros. releasing the comedy sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music on both disc formats and three complete series sets of popular TV series “Schitt’s Creek,” “The Office” and “Downton Abbey” arriving on disc as well.

Meanwhile, new digital offerings available Nov. 10 include Sony Pictures’ The Broken Hearts Gallery, Lionsgate’s Words on Bathroom Walls and Paramount’s Jungleland.

Bill & Ted Face the Music is the third film in the “Bill & Ted” franchise, following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The film, from MGM and Orion Pictures, was slated for a wide theatrical release over the summer. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was released via PVOD and in a handful of theaters that opened after quarantine restrictions were lifted, earning $3.3 million at the domestic box office.

The film was released  via standard digital sellthrough Oct. 20 in advance of its Nov. 10 release on disc and standard VOD.

“Schitt’s Creek” concluded its six-season run in April. All 80 episodes are now available in a DVD-only collection from Lionsgate. The irreverent character-driven comedy centers on the reversal-of-fortune story of the once-rich Rose family. Suddenly finding themselves broke, the Roses are forced to rebuild their empire in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they had purchased earlier as a joke. The Canadian show received 19 Emmy nominations during its run, with 15 for its sixth season, setting a record for most nominations for a comedy series in its final season.

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“The Office,” which makes its Blu-ray Disc debut on Nov. 10, is an American sitcom that depicts the everyday work lives of employees of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. in Scranton, Penn. The show lasted nine seasons, airing on NBC from March  2005 to May 2013, and features an ensemble cast centered for the first seven seasons around wacky boss Steve Carell. Other notable cast members include Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling and Creed Bratton, best known as a member of the classic pop-rock band the Grass Roots. The complete series has been available on DVD since 2014.

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“Downton Abbey” is a British historical drama television series set in the early 20th Century. The series ran for six seasons on PBS and inspired the 2019 movie Downton Abbey. The complete series is being released for the first time on DVD only by Universal on Nov. 10. Individual season sets were previously issued by PBS Distribution.

Other notable new releases available Nov. 10 include Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, Lionsgate’s Guest House and Mortal and Paramount’s Spontaneous.

The live-action Mulan, about a girl who poses as a boy to serve in her father’s place in the army in ancient China, arrives on Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and DVD. Disney is also releasing a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the original animated Mulan from 1998. The two films also will be available together in a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack that also includes digital editions. The live-action Mulan made headlines over the Labor Day weekend when it bypassed theatrical distribution for in-home premium VOD. Disney announced the disc version just four days before its street date.

Guest House is a comedy starring Pauly Shore as a party animal who lives in a guest house. When the main house is purchased by an engaged couple, he refuses to leave. The film is available on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Mortal is a thriller in which a sleepy Norwegian town erupts after an American backpacker is arrested. Witnesses claim a teen died after touching the stranger, and that he inexplicably started a fire that engulfed a farm. He warns a psychologist, Christine, that he has supernatural powers, and that anyone who gets too close to him dies. The film is being released on DVD and Blu-Disc Nov. 10, four days after its digital debut.

And Spontaneous, also available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, stars Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer as seniors at a high school where the students begin literally exploding. Realizing each moment may be their last, they begin a romance and start living for today. The film was initially released for premium video-on-demand viewing and digital sellthrough Oct. 6, four days after it began showing in select movie theaters.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Tops Latest Weekly SVOD Chart

It was another week of complete domination by Netflix programming, according to Nielsen’s latest chart of Top 10 streaming programs on the television from the SVOD pioneer, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

Licensed Emmy winner “Schitt’s Creek” snagged the top spot the week ended Oct. 4, with 968 million minutes of content streamed across 80 episodes of the comedy series. The show bumped the Netflix original horror series “Ratched” to No. 5, with 791 minutes streamed across eight episodes.

A chart newcomer, the documentary American Murder: Family Next Door, finished No. 6 with 778 million minutes streamed. The Amazon original series “The Boys” remains the lone non-Netflix show, finishing in seventh place, with 655 million minutes streamed across 15 episodes.

Rank Service Title Number of Episodes Minutes Streamed (in Millions)
1 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 968
2 Netflix “The Office” 192 929
3 Netflix “The Blacklist” 152 852
4 Netflix “Greys Anatomy” 361 852
5 Netflix “Ratched” 8 791
6 Netflix American Murder: Family Next Door 1 778
7 Amazon “The Boys” 15 655
8 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 277 604
9 Netflix “NCIS” 353 584
10 Netflix Enola Holmes 1 573

Complete ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Collection to Bow on DVD Nov. 10

Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection will come out DVD Nov. 10 from Lionsgate.

The irreverent character-driven comedy centers on the reversal-of-fortune story of the once filthy-rich Rose family. Suddenly finding themselves broke, the Roses are forced to rebuild their empire in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. As the seasons go on, we see the family thrive in a place they begin to call home, ready to take their personal relationships, business pursuits and, for some, exit strategies, to the next level.

The show received 19 Emmy nominations during its run, with 15 for its sixth season, setting a record for most nominations for a comedy series in its final season. At the 2020 ceremony, “Schitt’s Creek” became the first Canadian show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, for its sixth and final season. In doing so, it also became the first ongoing series to sweep all four acting categories — Eugene Levy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Catherine O’Hara for Lead Actress, Daniel Levy for Supporting Actor, and Annie Murphy for Supporting Actress — plus the awards for writing and directing, en route to nine total wins (it also won for Casting and Contemporary Costumes).

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The cast also includes Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jenn Robertson, Sarah Levy and John Hemphill.

DVD special features include deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, outtakes, “Behind the Episode” segments, and “A Schitt’s Creek Farewell” documentary.

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Dominates 2020 TCA Awards

HBO, spearheaded by the original limited series “Watchmen,” led the 36th annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, winning six overall awards in the showcase honoring the best programs and performances from the 2019-20 TV season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the TCA Awards were held virtually.

HBO doubled its win total from 2019 as the network was driven by “Watchmen,” which captured four awards, including an Individual Achievement In Drama honor for series star Regina King; Outstanding Movie, Miniseries, or Special; Outstanding New Program; and the Program of the Year award, for taking the established mythos of the Watchmen graphic novel with a story that paid homage to the original source. HBO also scored victories with the media dynasty tale “Succession,” which won the award for Outstanding Achievement In Drama, and first-year comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which earned Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Show.

The winners were determined by votes cast by the TCA’s network of more than 250 TV critics and journalists in the United States and Canada. The 2020 TCA Awards put the spotlight on a diverse lineup of stars and series across 13 categories, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, Individual Achievement in Drama, Outstanding Achievement in News & Information, Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows, and Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, as well as the prestigious Heritage Award and Career Achievement Award, among others.

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Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” earned awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Catherine O’Hara. ESPN’s Michael Jordan-focused docuseries The Last Dance hoisted the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information; Netflix’s college pep squad profile “Cheer” landed Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming; and PBS Kids’ Peabody Award-winning animated series “Molly Of Denali” added Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming to its growing collection of accolades.

Additionally, TCA awarded the Heritage Award to Gene Roddenberry’s landmark 1966 sci-fi epic “Star Trek,” in recognition of the groundbreaking series which brought the future to life — illustrating a vision that is equal parts hopeful and cautious as it explored issues such as bigotry, religion, politics, sexism, and human rights through stories of love, war, intrigue, and adventure in outer space — with the help of a strong cast that was among the first to feature an African-American in a significant leading role.

The TCA also presented television veteran Alex Trebek with the Career Achievement Award, honoring the seven-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Guinness World Record-holder, Hollywood and Canadian Walk Of Fame recipient, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall Of Fame inductee, philanthropist, and long-time host of the Peabody Award-winning game show “Jeopardy!” for his unparalleled legacy as one of television’s most enduring personalities.

“Entertainment and culture are intertwined and in this challenging year, never has that intersection been more crucial as both a mirror to examine tough reflections and a rabbit hole to escape the noise and scares outside our homes,” Sarah Rodman, TCA President and executive editor at Entertainment Weekly, said in a statement, adding the 2019-20 television season was both a “challenge and a balm.”

“We are excited to see what the future of television has in store, and we look forward to celebrating in-person next year as we come together to honor this medium that means so much to all of us,” she said.

2020 TCA Award recipients included:

  • Individual Achievement In Drama: Regina King (Watchmen, HBO)
  • Individual Achievement In Comedy: Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV)
  • Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: Cheer (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: Molly of Denali (PBS Kids)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows: A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • Outstanding New Program: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Succession (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
  • Program of the Year: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Career Achievement Honoree: Alex Trebek
  • Heritage Award: Star Trek (CBS)