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‘Peaky Blinders’ Climbs Streaming Charts After Final Season Release

Stranger Things remained a clear No. 1 in the streaming rankings for the fourth straight week, but a new show took the second spot overall. Peaky Blinders ascended to the No. 2 slot following the release of its final season on Netflix (it’s a BBC show in the U.K. but a Netflix original in the […]

‘The Boys’ Holds Steady in Streaming Rankings

The Boys rose to second place in Nielsen’s streaming series rankings by barely moving at all in terms of its viewing time. Stranger Things dominated the rankings for the week of June 6-12 despite a sizable drop from its record-breaking tally, while Ms. Marvel had a relatively quiet debut on Disney+ (at least compared to […]

‘Stranger Things 4’ Crosses Billion-Hour Viewing Mark, Netflix Says

Season four of Stranger Things has joined an exclusive club at Netflix. Following the release of the last two episodes of the season on July 1, the show passed the billion-hour mark in viewing worldwide, according to the streamer’s internal measurement. It’s the first English-language series, and just the second in any language, to rack […]

‘Stranger Things 4’ Sets Nielsen Streaming Record

Given the records Stranger Things has already set since the premiere of its fourth season, one more isn’t that much of a surprise. But the new mark the Netflix series hit is a big one. Stranger Things amassed 7.2 billion minutes of viewing time for the week of May 30-June 5, according to Nielsen — […]

TV Ratings: BET Awards Rebound With Double-Digit Gains

Add the BET Awards to the list of awards telecasts that improved their ratings after bottoming out in recent years. Sunday’s show — which was simulcast across 10 ViacomCBS cable outlets, including BET — averaged 3.2 million viewers. That’s a 34 percent gain over the 2021 show, which came in at an all-time low of […]

TV Ratings: 20M Watch Jan. 6 Hearings, ABC and MSNBC Lead

A little more than 20 million people watched the televised hearings of the House of Representatives’ January 6 committee Thursday night. ABC and MSNBC drew the biggest audiences for the two-hour hearings about the storming of the Capitol last year. They were televised live across a dozen cable and broadcast outlets. Fox News, which pointedly […]

‘Lincoln Lawyer’ Has Solid Debut in Streaming Rankings

Netflix users returned a favorable verdict on The Lincoln Lawyer in its premiere week. The series, executive produced by David E. Kelley and based on Michael Connelly’s novels about attorney Mickey Haller, finished second in Nielsen’s streaming rankings for May 9-15. The 10-episode season, which premiered May 13, racked up 884 million minutes of viewing […]

Starz’s ‘P-Valley’ Posts Huge Viewer Gains for Season 2 Premiere

Starz’s P-Valley had a big return for the start of its second season, driven by record growth on the premium cable outlet’s streaming app. The June 3 premiere for the critical favorite, created by Katori Hall, gathered 4.5 million viewers across platforms in the United States over its first three days, Starz says. The bulk […]

2021-22 TV Ratings: Final Seven-Day Numbers for Every Network Series

No one would argue that broadcast TV is booming in 2022, but on a show by show basis, things don’t look quite as bleak as they did a year ago. Whereas in 2020-21, only one network series — The CW’s All American — grew both its total audience and adults 18-49 rating, several shows managed […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Steady for Game Two

The second game of the NBA Finals drew almost exactly the same audience as the first, with ABC again scoring sizable year-to-year gains for its telecast. Sunday’s contest, a 107-88 Golden State Warriors win over the Boston Celtics, averaged 11.91 million viewers for ABC — almost exactly the same as the 11.9 million (spread over […]

‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Rack Up Huge Premiere Audiences

Season four of Stranger Things had a massive premiere weekend audience on Netflix, scoring one of the biggest viewing time figures of the past two years. But it wasn’t the only big TV opening on Memorial Day weekend. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest Star Wars series on Disney+, more than held its own, according to Nielsen […]

TV Ratings: NBA Finals Have Best Opening Since 2019

The opening of the 2022 NBA Finals scored for ABC. Game one of the series, a 120-108 win for the Boston Celtics over the Golden State Warriors, drew 11.4 million viewers — the biggest audience for the series opener in three years, per Nielsen. A simulcast on ESPN2 added 501,000 more viewers. The two-channel total […]