What We’re Watching: Netflix’s ‘The Irregulars’ Tops Streaming Viewership

By STEVEN HERBERT, City News Service
Published on Apr 29, 2021

“The Irregulars” was the most-streamed program in the weekly figures released Thursday by Nielsen, with viewers watching 643 million minutes of the eight-episode British crime drama in its first full week of release.

Viewership was up 51.7% from the 424 million minutes watched in the series’ first three days of release the previous week, when it finished seventh.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was second with 628 million minutes watched between March 29 and April 4, matching the figure from the previous week when the Marvel miniseries on Disney+ finished third. The latest viewership figure includes the first three days of release of its third episode.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was the only non-Netflix program in the Top 10 for the third consecutive week. Nielsen also announces streaming viewership of Hulu and Amazon Prime Video programming.

The only newcomer to the Top 10 was the hidden camera comedy film “Bad Trip,” 10th for the week with 344 million minutes watched in its first full week of release. Viewership was up 11.7% from the 308 million minutes watched in its first three days of release.

“Supernatural” returned to the Top 10 after a 10-week absence, with viewers watching 377 million minutes of the 328 episodes of the 2005-20 The WB/The CW horror series.

Dropping out of the Top 10 were the Emmy-winning comedy “Schitt’s Creek” and the Netflix dramedy “Ginny & Georgia.”

The previous week’s leader, “NCIS,” dropped to fifth with 535 million minutes watched of 353 episodes of the CBS action drama. That’s a 26.2% drop from the 725 million minutes watched the previous week.

The top 10 consisted of six programs that originally aired on U.S. or Canadian broadcast or cable networks, three original streaming programs and one movie.

The Top 10 programs were “The Irregulars”; “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”; “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Who Killed Sara?”; “NCIS”; “CoCoMelon”; “Criminal Minds”; “Heartland”; “Supernatural”; and “Bad Trip.”

The figures only reflect television set-related viewing, including such television-connected devices as Roku and Apple TV. Mobile-only viewing is not included in Nielsen’s streaming measurement systems.

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