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This chart illustrates why Netflix is the most popular streaming service

Published Aug 6th, 2020 9:13PM EDT
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  • 11 out of the top 20 most-watched TV shows during the June quarter can be found on Netflix.
  • Netflix is the undeniable streaming king, leaving Hulu, Amazon, and Disney+ left battling it out for second place.
  • Netflix currently boasts 192 million subscribers worldwide.

Try as they might, it doesn’t seem like any company will be able to dethrone Netflix as the king of streaming anytime soon, if ever. The reality is that Netflix has long been a streaming juggernaut, with everyone else simply competing for second place. More often than not, when someone subscribes to a service like Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max, or Disney+, it’s in addition to Netflix, not in place of it.

Despite an onslaught of competition, Netflix has impressively managed to maintain its position of dominance by consistently rolling out compelling shows that become mainstream phenomenons in ways that rivals simply can’t match. Just a few months back, for example, Netflix’s Tiger King came out of nowhere and quickly became one of the most talked-about TV shows of the year. And sure, shows like The Mandalorian on Disney+ and Ramy on Hulu are undeniably great, but they’re not even close to matching the mainstream success enjoyed by a show like Stranger Things.

A look at the most-viewed TV shows during the June quarter across all streaming services really underscores Netflix’s streaming dominance. The chart below was compiled by looking at the most streamed shows from more than 2 million Reelgood users between April 1 and June 30 of this year. As you can see, 11 out of the top 20 most-watched TV shows during the June quarter are all on Netflix, a list that includes Ozark, Money Heist, Dark, Breaking Bad, Space Force, Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, Tiger King, Unorthodox, Community, and Dead to Me. 

Even more impressive is that 8 of these 11 shows are all Netflix originals, a fact which points to the company’s penchant for bankrolling or buying shows that really resonate with viewers.

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Most popular TV shows Q2 2020 Image source: ReelGood

All told, the top 5 streaming services according to Reelgood’s data has Netflix in the number one spot, followed by Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO.

Most popular streaming services Image source: Reelgood

On a somewhat related note, Netflix’s subscriber base this year has skyrocketed, thanks in no small part to the coronavirus pandemic that left hundreds of millions of people across the world stuck at home for months on end. During the first six months of 2020, Netflix added a whopping 26 million new subscribers. And to put that figure into context, Netflix added about 28 million new subscribers during the entirety of 2019. All told, Netflix’s subscriber base in the United States stands at 72.9 million and 190 million subscribers worldwide.

As a final point, it’s worth mentioning that Disney+ has been running strong since its debut late last year. Just this week, Disney announced that its somewhat new streaming service now boasts more than 60.5 million subscribers. That’s not even half of what Netflix has, but it’s still impressive for a service that only launched nine months ago.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.