What We’re Watching: Netflix’s `Thunder Force’ Tops Streaming Viewership

By STEVEN HERBERT, City News Service
Published on May 7, 2021

“Thunder Force” was the most-streamed program in the weekly figures released Thursday by Nielsen, with viewers watching 950 million minutes of Netlix’s superhero film comedy in its first three days of release.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was second for the second consecutive week, with 748 million minutes watched between April 5-11, 19.1% more than the 628 million minutes the previous week. The latest viewership figure includes the first three days of release of its fourth episode.

Joining “Thunder Force” as newcomers to the Top 10 were Amazon Prime Video’s horror drama anthology “Them” and Netflix’s British crime drama “The Serpent.”

“Them” was seventh for the week, with viewers watching 439 million minutes of its 10 episodes in first three days of release. “The Serpent” was ninth, with 406 million minutes watched of its eight episodes in its first full week of release, 152.2% more than the 161 million minutes in its first three days of release.

The Emmy-winning comedy “Schitt’s Creek” returned to the Top 10 after a one-week absence, placing eighth for the week with 430 million minutes watched, 27.2% more than the 338 million minutes watched the previous week.

The previous week’s leader, “The Irregulars,” dropped out of the Top 10, with viewership declining 58% to 270 million minutes from 643 million, tying for 18th for the week.

Also dropping out of the Top 10 were the hidden camera comedy film “Bad Trip,” the 2005-20 The WB/The CW horror series “Supernatural” and the thriller series “Who Killed Sara?”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Them” were the only non- Netflix program in the Top 10. Nielsen also announces streaming viewership of Hulu programming.

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 “Thunder Force”; “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”; “NCIS”; “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Criminal Minds”; “CoCoMelon”; “Them”; “Schitt’s Creek”; “The Serpent”; and “Heartland.”

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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