Netflix originals regularly take the top spots in the Wrap Report, as they did for the week of Aug. 14-20 once again. But the streamer’s sixth entry in the week’s chart of the most-viewed streaming programs that’s particularly notable: Season 1 of “Suits,” which originally aired on USA 12 years ago, is once again among the top 10 streaming programs.
The legal drama made the charts for four consecutive weeks earlier this summer, and its return to the top 10 demonstrates its lasting attraction among audiences since Netflix added the series in June. Netflix has found new audiences for the series by tapping its recommendation engines to reach viewers of the “Harry & Meghan” documentary as well as leaning into the popular drama and crime genres. As the writers’ and actors’ strikes continue to slow down TV and film production, leaning on discovery tools to expose audiences to older series is a smart playbook we can expect to see other streamers pick up.
The Wrap Report provides an exclusive first look at the most watched movies and TV series from the past week across both streaming and linear television sourced from viewership trends collected from Samba TV’s panel of more than 3 million households drawn from over 25 million connected TVs, balanced to the U.S. Census.
The big debut for Netflix for the week is “Depp v. Heard,” a docuseries covering the polarizing defamation lawsuit between former couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. More than 1 million households watched the series since it was added to Netflix on Aug. 16, with younger Gen Z households (ages 20-24) overindexing by the highest margin.
Netflix’s Gal Gadot action thriller “Heart of Stone” remained in first for the second consecutive week, while “Painkiller,” the based-on-a-true-story retelling of the opioid crisis, moved up to No. 2. Season 2 of “The Lincoln Lawyer” stayed on the chart for the third consecutive week, coming in sixth. Meanwhile, “The Pope’s Exorcist,” a supernatural horror film released in theaters earlier this year and added to Netflix this week, was fourth.
Four other streaming originals made the top 10 for the week. Three entries carried over from the previous week: “Special Ops: Lioness” from Paramount+ stayed in the top 10 for the third straight week, coming in fifth (climbing from eighth); “Only Murders in the Building” from Hulu notched up to seventh from ninth; and Season 2 of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” for Amazon’s Prime Video bumped up to ninth from 10th. The second season of Max original “And Just Like That” made it back to the charts, coming in eighth after a several-week hiatus.
On linear TV, this summer continues to be defined by game shows, contests and reality TV.
“America’s Got Talent” was the most-watched linear program for the fifth straight week, and a second episode came in at eighth for the week. NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” came in second and fourth and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” came in seventh. Rounding out the list were the ongoing big broadcast hits of the summer: “The Bachelorette,” “Big Brother,” “Wheel of Fortune” (on the charts twice in the week) and “Celebrity Family Feud.”
Meredith Brace is the chief marketing officer at Samba TV, a WrapPRO partner. Click here for more data and analysis from Samba TV.
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