“Coming 2 America” topped Nielsen’s weekly report on streaming viewership released Thursday, with viewers watching 1.413 billion minutes of the sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy-starring film “Coming to America” in its first three days of release.
“Coming 2 America” was the first program streaming on Amazon Prime Video to top a weekly streaming Top 10 list, which are customarily dominated by Netflix. Nielsen issued its first report on viewership of Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video programming on Sept. 5, covering the week of Aug. 3-9.
The previous week’s leader, “Ginny & Georgia,” dropped to second despite increasing its viewership. Viewers watched 1.161 billion minutes of the 10-episode Netflix dramedy March 1-7, its first full week of release, 21.8% more than the 953 million minutes watched in its first five days of release.
The other program making its debut in the Top 10 was Netflix’s three-part documentary series on a trio of bombings in 1985 in Salt Lake City, “Murder Among the Mormons,” sixth for the week with 587 million minutes watched in its first five days of release.
The long-running CBS action drama “NCIS” returned to the Top 10 after a three-week absence, finishing eighth with 555 million minutes watched of its 353 episodes.
Dropping out of the Top 10 were the psychological thriller film “I Care a Lot,” the 2007-12 Nickelodeon children’s comedy “iCarly” and the six-episode psychological thriller “Behind Her Eyes.” All three programs stream on Netflix.
“WandaVision” was the other non-Netflix program in the Top 10, rising two spots to fourth with 924 million minutes watched, 26.2% more than the 732 million minutes watched the previous week. The finale of the nine-episode Disney+ blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted March 5.
The top 10 consisted of six programs that originally aired on U.S. or Canadian broadcast or cable channels, three original streaming programs and one movie.
The Top 10 programs were “Coming 2 America”; “Ginny & Georgia”; “Criminal Minds”; “WandaVision”; “Grey’s Anatomy”; “Murder Among the Mormons”; “Good Girls”; “NCIS”; “Schitt’s Creek”; and “CoCoMelon.”
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