Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Again Topped Weekly Household Streaming Through Dec. 18

Netflix’s original dark comedy “Wednesday” topped all household TV weekly streaming with 2.16 billion minutes across eight episodes through Dec. 18. The tally was down 35% from more than 3.35 billion minutes during the previous week.

Fellow podium shows included “Harry & Meghan” with 1.69 billion minutes, and “Cocomelon,” with 959 million minutes through 18 episodes. Three other shows topped 900 million minutes, including “NCIS,” “The Recruit” and “The White Lotus.”

Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes
Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Wednesday (2022) 8 2,160
2 Netflix Harry & Meghan (2022) 6 1,690
3 Netflix Cocomelon 18 959
4 Netflix NCIS 339 941
5 Netflix The Recruit (2022) 8 925
6 HBO Max The White Lotus 13 902
7 Netflix Prisoners (2013) 1 857
8 HBO Max Friends 235 723
9 Hulu Criminal Minds 328 672
10 Netflix Firefly Lane 19 672

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: New Horror Comedy ‘Wednesday’ Dominates Weekly Streaming Through Nov. 27

Netflix’s new horror comedy series “Wednesday,” based on “The Addams Family’s” character Wednesday Addams, topped the streamer’s weekly chart with a record 341.23 million hours viewed. The Tim Burton-directed series now holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an English-language TV series on Netflix. Starring Jenna Ortega in the title role, the series was No. 1 across 83 countries — tied with the debut of “Stranger Things” season four.

German series “1899” finished No. 2 with almost 87.9 million hours viewed, while the fifth season of “The Crown” added 42.36 million hours. The third and final season of “Dead to Me” saw 33.33 million hours viewed in its debut, while the first season saw a resurgence with more than 11.9 million hours streamed. Netflix’s revival of erstwhile NBC drama “Manifest” saw the fourth and final season generate 21.6 million hours viewed. Season one of the show added 15 million hours, with season three contributing 12.26 million. Documentary series “Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?” entered the chart with 14.16 million hours viewed.

Original movie Slumberland topped the English-language chart with 45.43 million hours viewed. Starring Jason Momoa and Marlow Barkley, the movie finished in the top 10 across 93 countries. The Noel Diary with Justin Hartley (36.27 million hours), Falling for Christmas with Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet (14.98 million hours), Christmas With You, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Aimee Garcia (13.8 million hours), and Christmas on Mistletoe Farm (13.47 million hours) helped jumpstart the winter holidays.

The Swimmers debuted at No. 3 with 22.48 million hours viewed, while drama The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh, had 16.86 million hours viewed. Enola Holmes 2 tallied 9.67 million hours viewed and documentary Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich saw 7.29 million hours viewed.

The non-English-language movies chart included Polish action-thriller Lesson Plan (17.31 million hours viewed), French drama The Lost Patient (8.67 million hours), Mexican comedy Who’s a Good Boy? (3.18 million hours) and Swedish drama Off Track (2.67 million hours). 

Season six of Spanish teen drama “Elite” moved to No. 1 on the non-English-language TV chart with 48.27 million hours viewed. Colombian drama,”Til Money Do Us Part” and Korean drama “Under the Queen’s Umbrella” both returned to the chart. Debuts included the Korean thriller “Somebody,” Colombian drama “The Unbroken Voice,” Japanese drama “First Love,” and Hindi-language”Khakee: The Bihar Chapter.”

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Fish’ Coming to 4K Ultra HD May 4

The Tim Burton-directed 2003 fantasy drama Big Fish is coming to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Robert Guillaume and Marion Cotillard with Steve Buscemi and Danny DeVito.

The story, based on the book, follows Edward Bloom (McGregor), who throughout his life has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, portrayed by five-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Finney (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000), he remains a huge mystery to his son, William (Crudup). Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures.

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The 4K UHD disc is newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative with HDR10 and includes new Dolby Atmos audio plus original theatrical 5.1 audio. The Blu-ray disc includes the feature presented in HD, sourced from the new 4K master; Burton audio commentary, moderated by Mark Salisbury; several featurettes; Easter eggs; and the theatrical trailer.

Netflix and MGM/UA Announce New Series About Wednesday Addams

Netflix and MGM/UA Feb. 17 announced a new live-action coming-of-age comedy called “Wednesday,” about the gleefully morose girl from “The Addams Family” series.

The pilot will mark director Tim Burton’s television directorial debut.

The eight-episode series, from creator/show runners Al Gough and Miles Millar, is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy. Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships with the strange and diverse student body.

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The team also includes Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, “Alphas”), Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation), Kayla Alpert (“Code Black,” “Up All Night”), Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (RESPECT, Addams Family 2) and Gail Berman (The Addams Family, “Alphas”).

Disney Releasing 25th Anniversary Blu-rays for ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ ‘Hocus Pocus’ Sept. 2

Walt Disney Studios will celebrate the 25th anniversary of two of its popular Halloween-themed titles with new Blu-ray and digital (including Movies Anywhere) releases of Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas Sept. 2.

Produced by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animated musical-fantasy that follows Pumpkin King Jack Skellington’s misguided mission to make Yuletide his own.

The release includes a new sing-along mode version, which includes pop-up lyrics to 11 songs, as well as the original film.

Bonus features (may vary by retailer) on Blu-ray and digital include song selection; six making-of featurettes; deleted storyboards; deleted animated sequences; Burton’s early short film “Frankenweenie”; a tour of Jack’s Haunted Mansion, transformed by Disney Imagineers for Disneyland; Burton’s original poem that inspired the movie narrated by Christopher Lee and set over illustrations based on Burton’s art; storyboard-to-film comparison; the theatrical trailer; and the teaser trailer.

Bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray include Burton’s early film Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price, and a view of the promotional posters from the movie’s release.

Hocus Pocus stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three 17th century witches who are accidentally brought to the 20th century.

The Blu-ray includes the original theatrical film and the “We Love Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition,” featuring pop-up factoids, trivia, deleted scenes, concept art, filmmaker commentary and behind-the-scenes secrets. The Blu-ray also includes the original 1993 production featurette.