According to Netflix’s own data, the second-largest series in its history, Dahmer, led Nielsen’s U.S. streaming list for the week of September 19–25.
The serial killer drama created by Ryan Murphy, officially titled Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, was seen for more than 3.6 billion minutes. As of the commencement of the weekly streaming rankings in 2020, Nielsen’s records for single-week viewing put it 10th overall. According to Nielsen, a sizable 40% of the audience was between the ages of 18 and 34.
Netflix claimed eight of the top ten positions on the overall list, although The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Prime Video and House of the Dragon on HBO Max landed in fourth and third place for the week, respectively. The Rings of Power fell to No. 3 when HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, which has been a huge hit across all platforms, collected just over 1 billion minutes, passing it exclusively on HBO Max. Rings trailed closely following with 977 million minutes, despite having one less episode than its fantastical rival. On the other hand, due to the inconsistencies in Nielsen’s measuring method, each week only three hours of a single Dragon episode are tallied.
Cobra Kai, who had won the competition the previous week, came in second with 1.1 billion minutes. The total was a significant decrease from the 1.9 billion the week before.
Two Netflix original films that stood out on the list were the kidnapping thriller Lou, starring Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett, and the Mark Wahlberg drama Father Stu. 717 million minutes to 681 million, Stu prevailed against Lou.
El Rey, Vicente Fernández, another Netflix offering, was a rare Top 10 Spanish-language film. Its 36 episodes attracted 648 million viewing minutes, placing it in tenth position. According to Nielsen, 91% of the audience was Hispanic.
Two well-known books were omitted from the total list. The first three episodes of Andor, a Star Wars-inspired series on Disney+, garnered 624 million viewing minutes, while The Handmaid’s Tale, another new episode on Hulu, garnered 535 million minutes.