Nielsen says people mostly streamed old network shows, not new releases
As much as everyone was excited by new shows such as Ozark and The Crown, they were far from the famous US streaming shows in 2020.
Instead, several more audiences saw old network series like The Office, Grey's Anatomy and the Criminal Minds, the first annual streaming program in Nielsen's charts, as well as the NY Times.
To offer a sense of the difference, Netflix was viewed for 952 million hours compared to 508 million hours of Netflix's original Ozark series.
Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds both scored 657 and 590 million hours for both Ozark.
Lucifer, The Crown, Tiger King (everyone at Netflix) and Disney's The Mandalorian were the other best in the original season.
The numbers suggest that viewers are not searching for new shows for old, escape television, which is not surprising given the relentless influx of bad news in 2020.
However, there are still several episodes for the older network shows, a number of 830 that could also raise total viewers per hour.
Tiger King's output of 260 million viewing hours was really remarkable when you look at it, with only eight series.
In the meantime, most famous films have been shown in Disney+, including Frozen II, Moana, Onward and Hamilton.
The Secret Life of Universal of Pets 2 and Dr Seuss' The Grinch, which was being streamed on Netflix, were respectively in number three and five spots.
Most of these shows are geared at youth, so parents presumably tried to amuse their children (and themselves) during the lockup of COVID-19.
For the first time in 2020, Nielsen began publishing weekly subscription service viewer figures.
These statistics refer only to shows seen on TVs in the United States and not on telephones, tablets or laptops, although Nielsen plans to extend his method to these platforms.
For this year's rating, Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon were reported by viewers, but Apple TV+, HBO Max, or Peacock were not reported.
Although the office is actually on NBC's Peacock and not Netflix, Netflix's success may have been a huge hit for 2021.