HBO Max had a solid streaming performance during the week of Dec. 5-11. According to Nielsen’s Streaming Top 10 chart, “The White Lotus” and “Friends” put the streamer among the most popular services that week.
Coming in at No. 7, “The White Lotus” made an appearance on the chart following the premiere of the Season 2 finale, which aired on Dec. 11. Within only a few hours of availability, the series raked in 752 million minutes viewed. It’s safe to say that figure will likely grow in the days to come since only first few hours availability made the cut for Nielsen’s measurements this week.
“Friends” received an unexplained bump in views weeks after Thanksgiving, placing the series at No. 8 on the overall streaming chart and No. 4 on the acquired titles list with 737 million minutes viewed. It’s hard to tell what spurred the series into the overall top 10 list, but it’s a clear exhibit of the catalog’s importance in the WBD portfolio.
Elsewhere on the chart, “Wednesday” continues to lead the list with 3.33 billion minutes viewed – a slight drop from the previous week’s 5.3 billion minutes marked. Nevertheless, still an impressive figure to hold in its third week of availability. Should the show continue to perform at this rate, it’s likely to break its own record again. The Netflix title has already set a record for the second biggest week of streaming ever recorded by Nielsen. It’s defeated only by “Stranger Things” Season 4, which was viewed for 7.2 billion minutes in its first complete week of availability.
“Firefly Lane” experienced a jump in views this week, pushing the drama to second place for a second week with 1.36 billion minutes watched across 19 episodes. Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, the first half of its second and final season was released on Dec. 2. The second half’s seven episodes are expected to arrive on June 8.
Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” rose in figures during its first full week of availability on Netflix. The action-thriller sits in third place with nearly 1.35 billion minutes watched. The movie just barely made last week’s list, coming in at No. 9 behind “NCIS” and “Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields.” Another Netflix film, “Troll,” opened ahead of the assassin film last week at No. 4. Though, the movie has since dropped from the overall list but remains in second place on the movies chart with 517 million minutes viewed.
The first part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s documentary series cracked the overall titles chart at No. 4 following its Dec. 8 release. Within four days of availability, “Harry & Meghan” gained almost 1.27 billion minutes watched. Because part 2 of the series was released on Dec. 15, it’s likely the show will continue to remain amongst the top 10 programs for some time.
Elsewhere on the chart was “Cocomelon” (945 million), “NCIS” (885 million), “Yellowstone” (726 million) and “Gilmore Girls” (628 million).
See Nielsen’s list of overall streaming rankings for Dec. 5-11 first, followed by original streaming titles, acquired titles and then films.