Entertainment / March 2, 2021

Move over Bridgerton there’s a new streaming darling in TV town

Credit: Yinchen Niu/VIP
Entertainment / March 2, 2021

Move over Bridgerton there’s a new streaming darling in TV town

Words: Emily Mullen

The torch has been passed across the streaming services.

The mood is just right for TV binges, with the backdrop of a global pandemic, feelings of spiraling doom, and inertia that only subscription services can satiate. It was never going to take long before a new series muscled its way past Bridgerton’s cinched waist and claimed the top spot. Enter Disney+’s WandaVision, whose US viewership was unmatched against other titles across major video streaming platforms in January 2021.

Stats collated by TVision show that Marvel’s WandaVision was the most viewed title across the surveyed platforms (including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock, CBS All Access, and Discovery+). With an indexed audience-size figure of 8,127, making it 81.3 times more viewed than the average title TVision measured in the month. 

Top titles across major video streaming services:

Stats courtesy of TVision via Variety

The success of WandaVision cannot be underestimated and bucks the typical streaming service tried and tested method of releasing the entire series at once. While viewership rates were being analysed, WandaVision only had four episodes available on Disney+, the rest being released on a weekly basis, like an old-fashioned TV series (remember those?).  

The Marvel miniseries created by Jac Schaeffer is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and centers around the Marvel Comics characters of Vision and Wanda Maximoff played by Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen respectively. The nine-episode series plays homage to sitcoms of yore with the likes of Randall Park, Kat Dennings, Evan Peters, Kathryn Hahn, and others, creating an ecosystem of television tropes for our viewing pleasure.

From where we are sitting (lying horizontal) let the streaming services battle it out for the top spot. Desperate to feel something, we will continue to view it (let’s face it, regardless of its quality).

WandaVision’s final season one episode will be released on Friday, March 5th.