Soul, the animated feature Pixar, released at Disney + on Christmas, made history in Nielsen’s weekly US streaming chart, finishing No. 1 for the week of December 21-27.
With a total of 1.669 billion minutes of streaming, the film won The office, which accumulated 1.435 billion minutes in its final days on Netflix. (Moved to NBCUniversal’s Peacock this month.) Disney also celebrated its first week with two titles in the top 10. Made by the second season finale, The Mandalorian finished fifth with about 1 billion minutes of viewing, after topping the chart last week in a cornerstone for Disney +.
Warner Bros. tent Wonder Woman 1984 was the other studio edition of Christmas with a significant streaming presence, of course. At the same time, when it opened in theaters, it debuted in the streaming service of WarnerMedia HBO Max. Nielsen has not yet begun measuring HBO Max as part of its weekly ratings. WarnerMedia positively characterized the performance of the film on HBO Max, although it did not break specific indicators for viewing. The AT&T parent is set to provide updated subscriber data next week as part of its quarterly revenue statement.
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George Clooney’s space drama on Netflix The midnight sky made a strong performance, finishing number 4 with 1.1 billion minutes. The film was close to the heels Bridgertonwhich Netflix confirmed this week as the fifth best 28-day artist worldwide among all its original scripts. See the full diagram below.
Initially theater tickets, Soul has become one of dozens of studio releases redirected to streaming and video on demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney chose to make it one of the three major releases for 2020, along with Hamilton and Mulan, available only to Disney + subscribers. Soul and Hamilton were free for subscribers, but Mulan had a first-class access fee of $ 30. on the monthly fee.
With 86.8 million subscribers, Disney + is already in dozens of territories around the world, but Nielsen’s ranking only tracks streaming in the US via TV, which means that mobile viewing does not count. The numbers also come with a significant built-in delay time compared to TV ratings or box office, in agreement with the measured streaming services.
The office, which crushed all other headlines in overall streaming in 2020, has been a major force in the weekly charts as Netflix subscribers get their latest preferences. On January 1, the series began streaming exclusively on Peacock’s NBCUniversal on a five-year, $ 500 million license deal. Peacock offers the first two seasons of its free, ad-supported layer, and the remaining seven seasons are available in Peacock Premium, which costs $ 5 a month for most subscribers.
So far, Nielsen has only measured Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney +, but the measurement company is expected to add Peacock and HBO Max in the coming months.
While series continue to dominate Nielsen’s streaming rankings, a logical tilt given the emphasis on total viewing time, statistics that favor occasional rates, feature films occupy more streaming real estate. Four of the last 10 titles of the latest week are feature films, with the original Netflix for 2020. Christmas Chronicles 2 and Jim Carrey’s 2000 adaptation of How the Grinch stole Christmas they both grab festive eyeballs.
Netflix is planning at least 70 major releases this year, while HBO Max will have the entire Warner Bros. list, and Disney has also directed some titles to Disney +. Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are also players in the game, but neither has had a high-profile movie title so far, according to Nielsen.
Here is the full weekly chart:
Soul (Disney +, movie, 1.7 billion minutes)
The office (Netflix, 192 episodes, 1.4B min.)
Bridgerton (Netflix, 8 eps., 1.2 billion)
The midnight sky (Netflix, movie, 1.1 billion min.)
The Mandalorian (Disney +, 16 eps., 1B min.)
How the Grinch stole Christmas (Netflix, movie, 705 million)
The crown (40 eps., 700M min.)
Gray’s Anatomy (Netflix, 366 eps., 691 million min.)
Christmas Chronicles 2 (Netflix, movie, 660M min.)
Criminal minds (Netflix, 277 eps., 648 million)