Nielsen: ‘Virgin River’ Ends ‘Suits’ 12-Week Reign Atop Household TV Streaming Chart

It took 2.1 billion minutes from a Netflix original title — “Virgin River” — to take down the reigning 12-week champ, former USA Network legal drama “Suits,” for the week ended Sept. 17, according to new data from Nielsen.

“Suits,” co-starring Meghan Markle before she quit acting and married Prince Harry, was still able to generate 1.9 billion viewing minutes for the No. 2 overall spot, and remained No. 1 among acquired titles. The tally is the smallest weekly total for “Suits” since it first appeared on Nielsen’s household TV streaming charts during the week of June 19 (2.318 billion minutes).

Disney+ secured three of the Top 10 movies for the week. After a stint in theaters, Disney+ released Elemental, which generated 1.7 billion viewing minutes for No. 3 overall and the No. 1 movie, and a 73% co-viewing percentage. The other two Disney+ movies on the chart were The Little Mermaid (No. 2/588 million minutes), and Moana (No. 6/219 million minutes).

Peacock added Fast X to its movie catalog for the week (another theater-to-streaming title). The latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise drove 272 million viewing minutes to take No. 3 on the movies chart.

The Disney+ original release “Ahsoka”  appeared to slowly build momentum. The “Star Wars” series was up three spots and 26% viewing time versus the prior week to take No. 4 among originals with 577 million viewing minutes.

Prime Video put three titles in the rankings this week: Another new episode of “The Wheel of Time” generated 423 million viewing minutes (No. 6 original programming); A Million Miles Away, the biography/drama movie about Mexican-American astronaut Jose M. Hernandez, totaled 216 million minutes (No. 7 movie); Kelce, the documentary film about the NFL Kelce brothers, was the No. 9 movie with 179 million viewing minutes.

Up until this week, “Ted Lasso” and Hijack had been the only Apple TV+ titles to make Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10. “The Morning Show” became the third Apple TV+ title to do so after its third season premiered, propelling it to the No. 8 original with 350 million viewing minutes.

Samba TV: ‘Virgin River’ Topped Streaming Viewership Through Sept. 17

Season five of Netflix’s “Virgin River” topped Samba TV’s list of top streaming programs for the week of Sept. 11-17.

It’s the second week on top for “Virgin River,” which released the first 10 episodes of its fifth season  Sept. 7. Based on the novel series of the same name, the show follows the life of a nurse and midwife who moves to a remote town in Northern California.

No. 2 on the list, and the top movie, was Pixar’s Elemental, which debuted on Disney+ Sept. 13 after a $154 million haul at the domestic box office.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “Ahsoka” was No. 3, remaining in the top five for a fourth consecutive week with the Sept. 12 bow of its fifth (of eight) episodes. The show follows the former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), who once trained as an apprentice to Anakin Skywalker, as she seeks to prevent the famed warlord Grand Admiral Thrawn from returning from exile and restarting the Empire.

Disney+ ended up with three shows in the top five, with the live-action The Little Mermaid remake at No. 5, while Netflix dominated the top 10 with six programs.

The only show not from one of those two services in the top 10 was, at No. 8, season three of “Only Murders in the Building” from Hulu, which is also controlled by Disney.

Samba TV, an analytics firm that tracks viewership through smart-TV data, ranks streaming programs based on U.S. household reach.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Supplants Streamer’s ‘Virgin River’ Atop Weekly Streaming Through Aug. 7

U.S. consumers streamed a lot of content on living room televisions during the first week of August. Perennial chart topper “Virgin River” swapped spots with Netflix’s other top original show, “Stranger Things,” with the sci-fi series generating more than 1.42 billion minutes of consumption across 34 episodes.

The previous week’s No. 1, “Virgin River,” realized more than 1.38 billion minutes across 42 episodes. That was more than enough to best streaming access of Pixar Animation’s movie Lightyear (1.3 billion minutes) on Disney+.

Netflix’s DC Comics-based series “The Sandman” (1.02 billion) and theatrical pickup movie Uncharted (1.01 billion) rounded out the billion+ minutes club. The streamer again dominated weekly viewing, accounting for 90% of all programs streamed on the household television.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed
(Millions)
1 Netflix Stranger Things 34 1,424
2 Netflix Virgin River 42 1,389
3 Disney+ Lightyear 1 1,306
4 Netflix The Sandman (2022) 11 1,021
5 Netflix Uncharted (2022) 1 1,014
6 Netflix Purple Hearts (2022) 1 828
7 Netflix Cocomelon 18 741
8 Netflix Keep Breathing 6 722
9 Netflix NCIS 354 692
10 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 678

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: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Again Dominate Household Streaming Through July 31

Netflix’s Canadian romantic drama “Virgin River” again topped all content streamed across household televisions for the week ended July 31, according to new data from Nielsen.  The series generated more than 2.39 billion minutes across 42 episodes to best the streamer’s longtime chart topper, “Stranger Things” with more than 1.83 billion minutes across 34 episodes.

The weekly tallies for the two programs were down about 9% and 16%, respectively, from the previous-week period.

Netflix again dominated Nielsen’s chart, accounting for all of the Top 10 streamed content, including top movie: The Gray Man, which generated 1.3 billion minutes consumed to best all movies for the week and finish in the top three overall.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Virgin River 42 2,397
2 Netflix Stranger Things 34 1,835
3 Netflix The Gray Man (2022) 1 1,362
4 Netflix Keep Breathing 6 730
5 Netflix Cocomelon 18 696
6 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 656
7 Netflix NCIS 354 649
8 Netflix The Most Hated Man on the Internet 3 546
9 Netflix Purple Hearts (2022) 1 508
10 Netflix Sing 2 1 471

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: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Slipped Ahead of ‘Stranger Things’ to Top Weekly Streaming Through July 24

After weeks of trying, Netflix’s Canadian romantic drama “Virgin River” topped all content streamed across household televisions for the week ended July 24, according to data from Nielsen. The series generated more than 2.6 billion minutes across 42 episodes to best the streamer’s longtime chart topper, “Stranger Things” with more than 2.2 billion minutes across more than 34 episodes.

Netflix again dominated Nielsen’s chart with nine of the top 10 streamed content, including top movie The Gray Man, which saw more than 1.4 billion minutes consumed to best all movies for the week and finish in the top three overall.

Lone competitors included Hulu, which shared billing with Netflix for licensed program “Alone,” which generated 745 million minutes across 49 episodes, and Prime Video’s “The Boys,” with 532 million minutes across 24 episodes.

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Rank SVOD Provider Program Name No. of Episodes Minutes
Streamed (Millions)
1 Netflix Virgin River 42 2,638
2 Netflix Stranger Things 34 2,277
3 Netflix The Gray Man (2022) 1 1,438
4 Netflix Resident Evil (2022) 8 772
5 Netflix/Hulu Alone 49 745
6 Netflix NCIS 354 737
7 Netflix Cocomelon 18 705
8 Netflix Grey’s Anatomy 396 666
9 Netflix The Umbrella Academy 30 553
10 Prime Video The Boys 24 532

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

‘The Gray Man,’ ‘Virgin River’ Stay No. 1 on Netflix’s Weekly English-Language Film and TV Lists

Netflix subscribers couldn’t get enough of the action in The Gray Man, which was the most-watched title the week ended July 31 with 96.47 million hours viewed. Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, the movie captuered the top 10 in 93 countries.

Keen viewers might have also caught a few Easter eggs, including Skittles, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and the Netflix documentary “Don’t F**k With Cats” in the movie. 

Purple Hearts made romance fans collectively swoon, entering the list week in the second spot with 48.23 million hours viewed. Starring Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, the film follows a pair who agree to marry solely for military benefits despite their many differences. The Sea Beast continued to take fans on an animated maritime adventure with an additional 21.07 million hours viewed in its fourth week. Romance and action were the genres of choice for the rest of the list with Persuasion garnering 11.07 million hours, The Man From Toronto pulling in 7.62 million hours and Red Notice re-entering the list this week with 4.09 million hours viewed in the 10th spot.

The shocking cliffhangers and romantic twists of season four of “Virgin River” kept fans coming back for more, with the small-town drama in its second week dominating the English TV top 10 with 87.94 million hours viewed. Burning questions abound as fans gear up for season five, which is in production now.

Stranger Things” season four and the Hawkins crew held on strong in the second spot with 57.72 million hours viewed. New entrants to the list this week include survivor thriller mini-series “Keep Breathing” in the No. 3 spot with 48.09 million hours viewed, and documentary series “The Most Hated Man on the Internet,” chronicling one mother’s mission against “revenge porn king” Hunter Moore, in the sixth spot with 24.67 million hours.

South Korean drama “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” took the top spot on the non-English TV list with 65.63 million hours viewed, while Spanish thriller “Alba” came in the No. 2 spot with 33.52 million hours viewed. New to the list this week was Turkish romantic drama “Another Self,” with 18.1 million hours views, and season two of the Mexican teen drama “Rebelde,” with 15.31 million hours viewed.

On the non-English Films List, Argentinian crime thriller Recurrence debuted in the top spot with 23.16 million hours viewed, appearing in the top 10 in 79 countries. Following Perdida and Intuition, Luisana Lopilato stars in the final film of this trilogy based on the novels by Florencia Etcheves. The Polish family comedy Too Old for Fairy Tales continued with 11.45 million hours viewed in the No. 2 spot. Taiwanese horror Incantation, Filipino romantic comedy The Entitled and Indian action-adventure RRR were also on the list.

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Netflix: ‘The Gray Man’ Tops Films List; ‘Virgin River’ Enters TV List at No. 1

The Netflix original movie The Gray Man clinched the top spot on the service’s English-language top 10 list for the week ended July 24. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the action spy thriller starring Ryan Gosling tallied 88.55 million hours viewed.

A favorite among fans with a Rotten Tomatoes audience score of 91%, the star-studded film also features Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, with Alfre Woodard and Billy Bob Thornton, was tops in 84 countries. Fans will get to see more of Ryan Gosling, who is set to star in a newly announced sequel of the film, based on the book series by Mark Greaney. 

The Sea Beast continued to make waves as the animated film pulled in an additional 34.14 million hours viewed. In its third week, the film appeared in the top 10 in 92 countries. Fans were in the mood for a love story as Persuasion had 29.04 million hours viewed and was in the Top 10 in 91 countries. Meanwhile, The Man From Toronto and Girl in the Picture had 8.79 million hours viewed and 7.36 million hours viewed, respectively. 

Meanwhile, among episodic programs, Netflix said Season 4 of “Virgin River” returned at No. 1 with 105.44 million hours viewed. The small-town drama, based on the Virgin River book series, was in the top 10 in 71 countries on the English TV List. The Hawkins crew came in No. 2 as “Stranger Things” season four had 74.99 million hours viewed, with the first three seasons holding on strong. The Duffer Bros. series now sits at 1.33 billion hours viewed on the “Most Popular” list.

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Separately, a zombie apocalypse couldn’t keep streamers away from New Racoon City as “Resident Evil” came in No. 3 with 73.26 million hours viewed. Animated series “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight” had 21.02 million hours viewed. Closing out the list was “The Umbrella Academy” with 18.25 million hours viewed.

On the non-English-language movie list, new entrants included Polish coming-of-age story Too Old for Fairy Tales with 10.88 million hours viewed and Spanish drama Live Is Life with 7.17 million hours viewed. Returning favorites included Tawainese horror Incantation, Spanish action-adventure Valley of the Dead, French drama Dangerous Liaisons, Indian dramedy Jaadugar, Italian rom-com Under the Amalfi Sun, French documentary My Daughter’s Killer and Indian action-adventure RRR

Meanwhile, on the non-English TV list drama series pulled in streamers. Spain’s “Alba” had 57.74 million hours viewed, Korea’s “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” had 55.07 million hours viewed, “Remarriage & Desires” with 31.51 million hours viewed, “Alchemy of the Souls” with 15.76 million hours viewed and Brazil’s “Sintonia” with 9.24 million hours viewed. 

Netflix Launches Fan Site Highlighting Canadian Filming Locations

Netflix has launched a fan website affording insider access to filming locations used for some of the SVOD pioneer’s original series, including “Virgin River,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “Restaurants on the Edge,” among others.

Dubbed “Netflix in Your Neighborhood,” the streamer characterizes the site as a “window” into some of the Canadian cities and towns that have “enriched our films and series, and captivated audiences worldwide.”

Site visitors can search filming locations by a film or series title, or by province. Users can also access directions to these destinations, and see how they’ve been featured on Netflix.

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“We’ve filmed hundreds of productions across Canada and the site will feature some current highlights, as well as select new titles, once they are released,” Lindsey Scully, with Netflix’s marketing department, wrote in a post.

Netflix cited third-party data that suggests viewers of content filmed in Canada are more than twice as likely to want to visit the country. Indeed, the data found that viewers streaming the series “Somebody Feed Phil,” which has an episode dedicated to Montreal, were 79% more interested in Canada’s food and drink and 76% more interested in Canadian cities.

“Through Netflix, members can discover many different parts of Canada, encouraging them to look at these Canadian destinations through a new lens,” Scully wrote.

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Swamps Weekly Streaming Minutes Through July 25

The Netflix original series “Virgin River” is no more, even though it was the top streaming show the week ended July 25, with more than 1.27 billion minutes across 30 episodes, according to new data from Nielsen.

For the second week, the series topped the competition, including the Disney+ original series “Loki,” which landed at No. 4, with 386 million minutes across six episodes.

Weekly runner-ups in total minutes streamed included licensed shows “Manifest,” with 939 million minutes across 29 episodes, and “Grey’s Anatomy,” with 723 million minutes across 376 episodes.

The top-streamed movie of the week: Luca on Disney+ with 424 million minutes, which bested catalog title Twilight Zone on Netflix with 342 million minutes.

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

 

Licensed content:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 NETFLIX MANIFEST 29 939
2 NETFLIX GREYS ANATOMY 376 723
3 NETFLIX COCOMELON 12 679
4 NETFLIX CRIMINAL MINDS 316 630
5 NETFLIX NCIS 353 514
6 NETFLIX DOWNTON ABBEY 50 407
7 NETFLIX HEARTLAND 215 382
8 NETFLIX SUPERNATURAL 328 294
9 NETFLIX BONES 245 292
10 NETFLIX SCHITTS CREEK 80 278

Movies:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 DISNEY+ LUCA (2021) 1 454
2 NETFLIX TWILIGHT 1 342
3 NETFLIX BLOOD RED SKY 1 296
4 NETFLIX GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE 1 290
5 NETFLIX THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON 1 284
6 NETFLIX THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE 1 244
7 NETFLIX THE TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 1 198
8 AMAZON THE TOMORROW WAR 1 194
9 DISNEY+ RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON 1 187
10 NETFLIX TROLLHUNTERS: RISE OF THE TITANS 1 187

Nielsen: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Tops ‘The Crown’ On Weekly Chart

The new Netflix romantic series “Virgin River” bumped “The Crown” from atop Nielsen’s weekly (through Dec. 6, 2020) Top 10 chart of most-streamed content on the living room television.

The 20-episode arc about a nurse practitioner from LA searching for a fresh start, who moves to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what — and who — she finds, generated 1.79 billion minutes of consumption, topping “The Crown” with 1.45 billion minutes across 40 episodes. The series stars Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson and Tim Matheson, among others.

Podium mainstay “The Office” topped 1.31 billion minutes across 192 episodes as the former NBC comedy series entered its final month on Netflix before moving to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service on Jan. 1, 2021.

Other new arrivals to the chart included Netflix original series “Selena: The Series” in the No. 5 spot with 823 million minutes across 9 episodes; and long running The CW’s “Supernatural,” which now streams on Netflix in No. 6 spot with 694 million minutes across 327 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.