Nielsen: Viewers Spent Christmas Watching ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Emily in Paris’




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in Nielsen’s most recent rankings, The Witcher stayed strong as the number one title overall, holding on to well over 2 billion minutes streamed for the week ending Dec. 26. The fantasy drama series has proven to be one of Netflix’s major titles and has already been renewed for a third season.

And speaking of popular titles getting renewed, Emily in Paris is the lighter, quirkier romcom series that has set the Netflix world a-buzz with its second season that premiered in December. The series tied with Hawkeye on Disney+, each with 938 million minutes viewed that week. However, that’s counting all 20 of Emily in Paris‘ episodes vs. 6 episodes of Hawkeye. The latter had it’s best week ever for the finale episode.

As with other weeks, the trend continued for acquired titles and there was no slowing down the CoComelon, Criminal Minds, and NCIS audiences. Bluey on Disney+ was also on the top ten list, as was The Thundermans, Shameless, and others.

Moving down the list, the top movies were dominated by holiday titles over Christmas week (as they should be), with Elf leading the bunch with 782 million minutes on Hulu. Home Alone followed on Disney+ with 700 million.

Newcomer from Prime Video Being The Ricardos ranked third as Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem gave outstanding performances as Lucy and Desi to an audience streaming over 60 million minutes of the film. Don’t Look Up and Disney’s Encanto were the only other non-seasonal titles to rank on the top ten movies for the week.

Overall, it was a high consumption week for streaming as people used their holiday break to binge new series, stream Christmas movies, and rewatch old favorites.

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