‘WandaVision’ Breaks Into Nielsen Top 10 Streaming Rankings

Disney Plus’s reality-warping “WandaVision” was one of the 10 most-watched original shows on streaming platforms the week of its debut, according to Nielsen estimates — and with just two episodes released, the Marvel show outpaced the service’s hit “The Mandalorian.”

For the week of Jan. 11-17, Netflix’s “Bridgerton” from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, held the No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s original series streaming chart, followed by “Cobra Kai” on Netflix (although its total viewing time dropped in half from the week prior, following the Jan. 1 premiere of Season 3). Netflix true-crime docuseries “Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” bowed at No. 3.

The turnout for “WandaVision,” starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision, was impressive given that Disney Plus had released only the first two episodes as of Jan. 15. The show came in at No. 6, notching an estimated 434 million minutes viewed over its first three days — a promising sign for “WandaVision” to continue attracting a sizable audience over its nine-episode run.

Note that Nielsen’s SVOD rankings currently measure Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. only. The estimates are extrapolated based on viewing data on connected TVs, excluding mobile devices and computers, pulled from Nielsen’s national TV panel.

Here are Nielsen’s SVOD rankings for original TV shows the week of Jan. 11-17:

  1. “Bridgerton” (Netflix) (8 episodes): 1.386 billion minutes
  2. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix) (30 episodes): 1.005 billion minutes
  3. “Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” (Netflix) (4 episodes): 867 million minutes
  4. “Lupin” (Netflix) (5 episodes): 494 million minutes
  5. “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix) (36 episodes): 442 million minutes
  6. “WandaVision” (Disney Plus) (2 episodes): 434 million minutes
  7. “Disenchantment” (Netflix) (30 episodes): 401 million minutes
  8. “The Crown” (Netflix) (40 episodes): 394 million minutes
  9. “Virgin River” (Netflix) (20 episodes): 340 million minutes
  10. “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus) (16 episodes): 339 million minutes

Nielsen also released the most-viewed acquired TV shows for the week, with Netflix holding all 10 spots:

  1. “Criminal Minds” (Netflix) (285 episodes): 853 million minutes
  2. “Grey’s Anatomy” (Netflix) (366 episodes): 711 million minutes
  3. “Mariposa de Barrio” (Netflix) (91 episodes): 621 million minutes
  4. “Supernatural” (Netflix) (328 episodes): 591 million minutes
  5. “Schitt’s Creek” (Netflix) (80 episodes): 577 million minutes
  6. “L.A.’s Finest” (Netflix) (13 episodes): 546 million minutes
  7. “NCIS” (Netflix) (353 episodes): 471 million minutes
  8. “Cocomelon” (Netflix) (5 episodes): 468 million minutes
  9. “New Girl” (Netflix) (146 episodes): 354 million minutes
  10. “The Blacklist” (Netflix) (152 episodes): 307 million minutes

And here are Nielsen’s top 10 movies on streaming services for the week, with Netflix’s “Outside the Wire” sci-fi film starring Anthony Mackie in the top position after premiering Jan. 15:

  1. “Outside the Wire” (Netflix): 556 million minutes
  2. “We Can Be Heroes” (Netflix): 316 million minutes
  3. “Soul” (Disney Plus): 302 million minutes
  4. “Moana” (Disney Plus): 229 million minutes
  5. “One Night in Miami” (Prime Video): 188 million minutes
  6. “Frozen II” (Disney Plus): 160 million minutes
  7. “Catch Me If You Can” (Prime Video): 122 million minutes
  8. “Good Burger” (Netflix): 117 million minutes
  9. “Killers” (Hulu): 106 million minutes
  10. “Unknown” (Netflix): 100 million minutes