Nielsen: Initial Episodes of Final Season of ‘The Crown’ Topped Weekly Household TV Streaming Through Nov. 19

The release of the first four episodes of the sixth and final season of “The Crown” topped Nielsen’s most streamed content across U.S. household televisions for the week ended Nov. 19.

The initial offering along with 54 catalog episodes topped 943 million viewing minutes. “The Crown” is a streaming pioneer in that it was one of the first originals specifically designed to attract older audiences. It was so popular upon its release, the show prompted viewers to buy/share a Netflix password, according to Nielsen.

The show’s success, however, is undermined by having only the third-highest concentration of viewers over the age of 50 (63%) among top 10 titles. Max/Netflix’s “Six Feet Under” (70%) and Netflix’s “All The Light We Cannot See” (64%) surpassed it based on that demo metric.

Reruns of “Friends” on Max climbed 5% versus previous week to 750 million viewing minutes (No. 6 overall) across 236 episodes. The show edged out “Six Feet Under,” the other Warner title co-hosted on Max and Netflix, which notched 696 million for No. 7 overall.

Notably, “Friends” seemed to attract first-time viewers (18- to 34-year-olds comprise over half the audience), while “Six Feet Under” generated much older viewers (70% were 50+, and 38% were 65+) potentially revisiting an old favorite. While the two series overlapped for a period in the early 2000’s, the current respective audiences largely do not.

It is fairly unusual for comedy specials to crack the top 10 lists, but Matt Rife: Natural Selection on Netflix landed No. 6 on the originals chart with 314 million viewing minutes. The 18- to 49-year-old demo made up 70% of his audience.

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Netflix: ‘The Killer’ Tops Streamer’s Viewership Chart for Third Consecutive Week

Director David Fincher’s thriller The Killer again shot down the competition, generating another 22.3 million views, making it the most viewed content on Netflix for the week ended Nov. 19. 

Part one of “The Crown” in the series’ sixth and final season debuted atop the English TV chart with 11.1 million views, reaching the top 10 in 85 countries. The final episodes will premiere on Dec. 14.

The new Korean action thriller Believer 2 debuted atop the non-English language movie chart with 5.6 million views. The new Brazilian action drama “Criminal Code” debuted in first place with 6.5 million views on the non-English language TV chart.

Meanwhile, the new stand-up special “Matt Rife: Natural Selection,” bowed with 7.4 million views. The limited series “All The Light We Cannot See” followed with 5.7 million views and reached the top 10 in 93 countries. Unscripted shows rounded out the English language TV chart with docuseries “Escaping Twin Flames” in fifth place (3.2 million views); season seven of “Selling Sunset” in sixth place (2.4 million views); and the limited docuseries “Robbie Williams,” following the English pop phenomenon, in seventh place (2.2 million views). 

Best. Christmas. Ever!, co-starring Brandy and Heather Graham, debuted at No. 2 (16.3 million views) on the English language movie chart. Returning to the chart were the U.K. romantic thriller Locked In in fourth place (5.1 million views), Paw Patrol: The Movie in eighth place (2.7 million views) and Pain Hustlers, starring Emily Blunt and Chris Evans, in ninth place (2.6 million views). 

French titles had a strong showing for the week with the action comedy Wingwomen at No. 2 on the non-English language movie chart with 4.6 million views, and the new comedy All-Time High nabbing third place with 2.7 million views. Belgium’s The Claus Family 3 finished at No. 9 with 1.4 million views. 

Finally, on the non-English language TV chart, the Brazilian action drama “Criminal Code” debuted in first place with 6.5 million views. The new Italian thriller “Suburræterna” followed in second place (2.6 million views), while season three of Turkey’s “The Tailor” came in fourth place with 2 million views. Part three of the French heist drama “Lupin” spent its seventh week on the chart with 1.5 million views. 

Final Season of ‘The Crown’ Begins Nov. 16 on Netflix

Netflix will release the final season of the Emmy Award-winning drama series “The Crown” in two parts beginning Nov. 16.

The show’s sixth season covers events from 1997 to 2005. The first batch of four episodes will be available Nov. 16, chronicling the relationship between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. The final batch of six episodes will be presented Dec. 14, with the Queen reflecting on the future of the British monarchy on the verge of her Golden Jubilee.

The cast includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Salim Daw as Mohamed Al Fayed and Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed. Making their debuts are Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards as and younger Prince William and Prince Harry in part one, with Ed McVey and Luther Ford taking on the roles in part two alongside Meg Bellamy as Kate Middleton.

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Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Topped Weekly Household TV Streaming Through Nov. 20

Second week access to the fifth season of Netflix’s British royal family drama, “The Crown” proved a charm with streamers, generating more than 1.7 billion minutes consumed across 50 episodes for the week ended Nov. 20, according to new data from Nielsen.

The prior-week debut of season five, featuring Academy Award-nominee Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, generated almost 2.3 billion minutes finishing No. 2 behind season four debut of “Manifest.”

The Crown edged the premiere of the third and final season of “Dead to Me,” starring Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini and James Marsden, which saw almost 1.4 billion minutes streamed across 30 episodes. “Manifest” finished No. 3 with almost 1.3 billion minutes.

Netflix’s exclusive access to Sony Pictures movies continues to resonate with streamers as Where the Crawdads Sing realized more than 1 billion minutes consumed in its second week on the platform. The movie generated 659 million minutes in its Netflix debut the prior week.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes
Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix The Crown 50 1,777
2 Netflix Dead To Me 30 1,390
3 Netflix Manifest 52 1,284
4 Netflix Where The Crawdads Sing 1 1,092
5 Netflix 1899 (2022) 8 925
6 Netflix Cocomelon 18 860
7 Netflix Slumberland (2022) 1 651
8 Peacock Yellowstone 37 643
9 Netflix NCIS 339 642
10 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 639

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

Nielsen: ‘Manifest’ Edges ‘The Crown’ as Top Weekly Streamed TV Content Through Nov. 13

Netflix’s launch of an original fourth and final season for erstwhile NBC supernatural commercial airline series “Manifest” continues to resonate with household TV streamers. Viewers consumed almost 2.9 billion minutes across 52 episodes for the week ended Nov. 13, up 7% from 1.37 billion minutes in the previous-week season four debut.

The show just barely edged the launch of the fifth season of Netflix’s award-winning “The Crown,” which showcases the British monarchy. Viewers consumed almost 2.13 billion minutes across 50 episodes for the week, which was more than enough to best the streamer’s reality-based dating game “Love is Blind,” with 1.27 billion minutes.

Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed
1 Netflix Manifest 52 2,289
2 Netflix The Crown 50 2,127
3 Netflix Love Is Blind 40 1,274
4 Netflix Enola Holmes 2 1 942
5 Netflix Cocomelon 18 791
6 Netflix NCIS 339 786
7 Disney+ Bluey 114 687
8 Netflix Where The Crawdads Sing 1 659
9 Netflix Gilmore Girls 153 637
10 Netflix Falling for Christmas (2022) 1 636

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

Netflix: ‘The Crown’ Again Tops Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 20

Netflix’s original series “The Crown” continued its reign atop the streamer’s weekly top 10 chart with 84.31 million hours viewed. Season five of the fictional drama, inspired by real events, appeared in the top 10 in 86 countries.

The multi-language German series “1899” debuted on the English-language TV List with 79.27 million hours viewed, while the fourth and final season of erstwhile NBC series “Manifest” saw another 35.73 million hours viewed. Renewed interest in season one realized almost 26 million hours viewed. The final season of “Dead to Me,” starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, generated 30.3 million hours viewed, while season two of “Warrior Nun” had 27.74 million hours viewed, with season one jumping into the top 10 with 20.1 million hours. 

In its second week, Falling For Christmas topped the English-language movie chart with 37.85 million hours viewed. Starring Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet, the holiday romantic comedy was in the top 10 in 93 countries. Jason Momoa’s family fantasy Slumberland had 33.37 million hours across 88 countries. Millie Bobby Brown-starrer Enola Holmes 2 (21.42 million hours) and Enola Holmes (7.61 million hours) both remained on the chart along with drama The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh, which saw 26.18 million hours. 

French action-adventure Lost Bullet 2 maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot of the non-English-language movie chart with 18.7 million hours viewed. The original Lost Bullet was also on the list with 6.87 million hours viewed. Other returning favorites included German drama All Quiet on the Western Front, which moved up the most popular list to No. 3 with 98.54 million total hours viewed. 

Colombian drama “Til Money Do Us Part” continued to sit atop the non-English-language TV List with almost 40 million hours. Two Spanish titles were new entrants this week: season six of teen drama “Elite,” with 36.9 million hours, and reality series,”Love Never Lies: Destination Sardinia,” with 5.42 million hours. Korean dramas “Little Women,” “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” and “Under the Queen’s Umbrella” all returned to the chart.

JustWatch: ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ ‘The Crown’ Top Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 13

Director Olivia Wilde’s thriller Don’t Worry Darling and Netflix’s “The Crown” season five were the most-streamed movie and TV show for the week ended Nov. 13, according to new data from JustWatch, the Berlin-based company that tracks the SVOD streaming habits of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

The movie topped last week’s podium finishers Barbarian (Netflix) and Terrifier 2 (Bloody Disgusting), while the newest season of “The Crown” topped Peacock’s “Yellowstone” and the newest and final season of “Manifest” on Netflix. The first of three seasons premiered on NBC on Sept. 18, 2018, with Netflix acquiring catalog distribution rights.

‘Stranger Things’ Remains Parrot’s Most In Demand Digital Original; ‘The Crown’ Up to No. 7

Netflix’s supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. rankings the week ended Nov. 11. The series had a 0.6% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity, giving it 74.8 times the demand of an average series. “Stranger Things” was No. 2 on Parrot’s list of overall TV shows.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” rose a spot to No. 2 with a 4.4% increase in demand expressions coinciding with its fifth season finale Nov. 9, giving it 40.4 times the demand of an average series.

Netflix’s “The Witcher” fell a spot to No. 3, dropping 17.8% in expressions to give it 37 times average demand.

HBO Max’s superhero series “Titans” climbed three spots to No. 4 with a 21.2% rise in demand expressions, giving it 36.7 times average demand. The show’s fourth season premiered Nov. 3.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff “Andor” held steady at No. 5, taking 35.1 times average demand following a 5.8% rise in demand expressions as the show nears the end of its first season.

Netflix’s “The Crown” returned to the top 10 at No. 7, up from No. 24 the previous week. The release of all 10 episodes from the fifth season, featuring a new cast as the show explores the British royal family’s tumultuous life in the 1990s, gave the show a 58.9% jolt in demand expressions and 31.1 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “Game of Thrones” with 80.9 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.


Samba TV: ‘The Crown’ Streaming Viewership Spiked 600% Following Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Streaming viewership of Netflix original series “The Crown” across multiple seasons skyrocketed 600% in the four days following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8, according to new data from Samba TV, which tracks an addressable footprint of 46 million opted-in devices worldwide.

The series, which cast a third actor — Imelda Staunton — to play the Queen for season five (which bows in November) and season six following multiple-season runs by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman (both of whom won Emmys for the role), debuted to critical acclaim in 2016.

Netflix’s series, which reportedly had a $260 million production budget in 2021, showcases the Queen throughout the decades, changing the cast every two seasons, including Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, the Prince of Wales, Princess of Wales and Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson in season four).

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Season one, with Foy playing the Queen, finished No. 7 on Netflix’s weekly top 10 charts of most-streamed English-language and non-English-language movies and TV shows for the week ended Sept. 11. The premiere season alone generated 17.6 million hours streamed across 26 countries through Sept. 11.

The series has garnered nearly 130 industry awards and more than 400 nominations.

The Crown: The Complete Fourth Season


Sony Pictures;
$45.99 DVD, $55.99 Blu-ray;

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, her husband, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), and their 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, who the previous season had been deemed unsuitable as a match for the future king. Bowles is played by Emerald Fennell, who would go on to win a writing Oscar for Promising Young Woman.

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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, its not hard to see why the season dominated at the Emmy Awards, sweeping the top seven categories for Drama Series, taking trophies for writing, directing, Best Supporting Actress for Anderson, Best Supporting Actor for Menzies, Best Actor for O’Connor, Best Actress for Colman, and Outstanding Drama Series. Academy voters were so eager to fête the series they even gave a Guest Star Emmy to Claire Foy, who already won an Emmy for playing the queen in the first two seasons, for a brief appearance as the younger queen in a flashback.

The Blu-ray includes three behind-the-scenes featurettes and a photo gallery.

The six-minute “Triumph & Tragedy: Diana & Charles” offers a brief look at the depiction of the season’s central relationship; the six-and-a-half-minute “Three Groundbreaking Women” focuses on the complicated relationships between Elizabeth and Thatcher, and Elizabeth and Diana. The general making of the series is covered in the eight-and-a-half-minute “Research, Costumes & More: The Making of Season 4,” an informative look at the process of researching the historic events that inspired the series.

The photo gallery is interesting as it presents stills of scenes from the series next to photos of the actual royals in the real-life situation upon which the scene was based.

While the season premiered on Netflix a year ago, the Blu-ray release is well timed, as the biopic Spencer with Kristen Stewart as Diana has just hit theaters.

Originally published as a streaming review Nov. 16, 2020.