Saturday, May 25, 2024

First Ever Nielsen Chart of Streaming Shows People Watch Netflix for Reruns of Old Network, Cable Favorites


Nielsen has released its first ever chart for what’s popular on subscription based streaming television. And the top 10 reveals something interesting. Other than the #1 show, “The Umbrella Academy,” which is original, fans watch Netflix reruns of old network and cable favorites.

Numbers 2- 10 are all old shows: “Shameless” and “Dexter” came from Showtime, “Grey’s Anatomy” from ABC, “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” from NBC, “NCIS” and “Criminal Minds” from CBS, “Supernatural” and “In the Dark” from the CW.

Where are all the great original shows produced for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc?

This list shows the number of episodes available and millions of minutes viewed:

The Umbrella Academy (20, 3,011)
Shameless (120, 1,125)
Grey’s Anatomy (361, 918)
The Office (192, 897)
Criminal Minds (277, 697)
NCIS (353, 524)
In the Dark (26, 418)
Dexter (96, 316)
Supernatural (321, 315)
Parks and Recreation (121, 304)

It makes you wonder how few people are watching all those other shows like “The Crown,” “Mrs. Maisel,” and so on. Is it no wonder the Emmy Awards have such low ratings?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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