‘WandaVision’ Audience Bigger Than Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ in January, Data Suggests

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Despite not even having its entire first season available in January, Disney+’s “WandaVision” was unmatched in U.S. popularity by other titles across major video streaming platforms last month.   

That’s according to data provided exclusively to Variety Intelligence Platform by connected-TV analytics provider TVisionwhich found that “WandaVision” was the most viewed title of January 2021 across measured platforms. 

“WandaVision” had an indexed audience-size figure of 8,127, meaning it was nearly 81.3 times more viewed than the average title TVision measured across SVOD platforms in January. TVision determines viewing impressions by counting viewers who have watched a title for at least two minutes within a session of watching content for at least five minutes.

That figure bested comparable indexed audience-size figures for stillbuzzy Christmas Daydebuting titles “Bridgerton on Netflix and “Soul on Disney+, which were the No. 2 and 3 most watched titles across platforms measured by TVision in January. 

TVision measures viewing across all major U.S. SVODs (including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock, CBS All Access and Discovery+) and AVODs (YouTube, the Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Tubi). The analytics company tracks viewing of nearly 25,000 titles among 5,000 households (14,000 individuals) across the U.S. on connected TVs. 

Mobile device viewing is not measured by TVisionalthough most time spent viewing video is done via connected TV devices, according to Conviva. 

The dominance of WandaVision” suggests Disney+ has a new flagship original it can use to help fend off critics who say it’s too dependent on “The Mandalorian.” 

Meanwhile, the January performance of Christmas Daydebuting titles in January suggests the popularity of “Bridgerton,” “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” didn’t immediately fizzle out. 

Netflix in January had notable titles including Venice Film Festival winner “Pieces of a Woman” and Carey Mulligan starrer “The Dig.” However, the former film seems a bit too arthouse to crack TVision’s top rankings, while the latter released at the end of the month and could find a spot in TVision’s February rankings.

In January, nearly half (48%) of time spent measured by TVision went toward SVOD services, while 23% went toward AVODs. The top five SVODs, in terms of share of time spent using streaming devices, were Netflix (23%), Hulu (12%), Prime Video (5%), Disney+ (3%) and HBO Max (2%).  

A title that helped boost viewing on Netflix that didn’t crack the cross-platform top 10 ranking in January was “The Queen’s Gambit.” On Prime Video, “I’m Your Woman” and “The Wilds” performed strongly in January, while top Hulu titles included “Happiest Season” and “Letterkenny.”

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