Netflix topped the top 15 streaming shows in the US for 2021
Netflix regularly makes a big deal out of the popularity of some of its shows, going so far as to launch its own audience measurement site which is updated weekly, but now a third party can attest to the breadth of its programming and prove how confident he should be. . According to Nielsen’s metrics for the most streamed TV shows in the US for the whole of last year, Netflix had twelve of the top fifteen shows, while Apple TV+, Hulu and Disney+ had only one each. HBO Max, Peacock, or Amazon Prime Video had a series in the Top 15.
Nielsen’s list reveals Netflix’s most popular shows ranging from reality shows like Great British Baking Show to romantic dramas like Virgin River and Bridgerton to action shows like Cobra Kai and even International hit Squid Game. As for the other three streamers on the list, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso made the list, while the only Disney+ series to make a splash was WandaVision. The full list of the top 15 streaming TV shows in the US for 2021 reads as follows:
- Lucifer* (Netflix)
- Squid Game (Netflix)
- Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
- Virgin River (Netflix)
- Bridgerton (Netflix)
- You* (Netflix)
- Cobra Kai* (Netflix)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- Longmire* (Netflix)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
- Outer Banks (Netflix)
- Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
- Maid (2021 series) (Netflix)
- Wandavision (Disney+)
- The Witcher (Netflix)
It should be noted that Nielsen has two different lists for the most popular shows to stream with one for original streaming content (see above) and one for acquired streaming content (shows as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. ., recover the streaming rights instead of producing in-house).
When factoring in the figures for top streaming shows acquired, Lucifer would only land at #8 on this list with shows like Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, and Supernatural all having even higher viewership than anything else on the Internet. list of streaming originals. Compared to the Top Streaming Originals list, the Top Streaming Acquisitions list paints an even bleaker picture of Netflix’s dominance with fourteen of the top 15 coming from the service. The only show appearing on another streamer’s list is Bones, which airs on Amazon and Hulu.
In a surprising move though, the Top 15 Streaming Movies is a wild reverse of the shows list as Netflix only has three entries while Disney+ has 11 and Amazon Prime just one.