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TV Ratings: January 6 Hearings Draw 17.7M in Primetime

The final hearing of the summer for Congress’ Jan. 6 select committee drew another sizable TV audience. According to Nielsen, 17.67 million people watched the primetime hearing across 10 broadcast and cable outlets. That’s down from the 20 million who watched the first televised hearing (across 11 channels) on June 9, but significantly more people […]

‘Umbrella Academy’ Unseats ‘Stranger Things’ on Streaming Chart

After four record-breaking weeks, Stranger Things was dethroned from the No. 1 spot in Nielsen’s streaming rankings. Another Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, took the lead for the week of June 20-26. Its third season premiered June 22, and the show racked up 2.45 billion minutes of viewing time for the week. That was just […]

Streaming Usage Hits High in June as Linear Platforms Slip

American television viewers spent more than a third of their time with streaming platforms in June, an all-time high. Nielsen’s monthly platform rankings show streaming taking up 33.7 percent of viewing time for the month, up from 31.9 percent in May and the highest mark since the measurement company began its monthly “Gauge” report in […]

‘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 […]