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Most Streamed Shows of 2022

How Many Minutes Did You Spend Streaming Shows in 2022? The Most Streamed Shows of 2022.

The List of the Most Streamed Shows of 2022 is Out. Did You Watch Them?

Nielsen released the 2022 streaming numbers yesterday.

Surprise: “Stranger Things” was the most streamed TV show.

With 52 billion minutes.

BILLION WITH A B.

According to Variety.com, the Upside Down took the No. 1 position on Nielsen’s 2022 streaming chart.

Netflix’s blockbuster “Stranger Things,” led by the release of the fourth season, was the most-streamed TV show — and overall program — in the U.S. last year.

The sci-fi hit series ran up that hill to register a whopping 52 billion minutes streamed in 2022, the highest total since COVID-driven lockdowns drove audiences to watch 57.1 billion minutes of NBC’s “The Office” in 2020.

The dominance of original content like “Stranger Things” was underscored by the fact that there are only 34 episodes of the Duffer brothers’ series, compared with 192 episodes of “The Office.”

Older TV shows are super popular on streaming channels.

The second most-watched program overall in 2022 was “NCIS,”  whose 356 episodes on Netflix pulled in 38.1 billion minutes viewed. Which means your parents have been spending a lot of time in front of the TV.

(FYI: In 2021 on Netflix, CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” which ran from 2005-20, was the most-viewed show in the U.S. (with 33.9 billion minutes of watch time), per Nielsen.)

Dang, the Werther’s Original set really likes their procedural dramas, right?

Coming in at the No. 3 spot on the ranking of most-streamed U.S. programs was “CoComelon,” which I have never heard of.

But it means that parents are using Netflix as a babysitter.

No judgement.

In total, Americans streamed more than 19.4 million years of content last year, up 27% about 15 million years in 2021, according to Nielsen.

What are the Top 10 Streamed Programs? Here’s the list. And  don’t feel too bad about it. What else is there to do except watch TV?

 

  • 10. "Seinfeld": 19.3 billion

  • 9. "Gilmore Girls": 20.8 billion

  • 8. "Bluey": 21.1 billion

  • 7. "Criminal Minds": 24.9 billion

  • 6. "Grey's Anatomy": 26.8 billion

  • 5. "Encanto": 27.4 billion

  • 4. "Ozark": 31.3 billion

  • 3. "Cocomelon": 37.8 billion

  • 2. "NCIS": 38.1 billion

  • 1. "Stranger Things": 52 billion