Netflix have a shelf on their platform that shows you the top 10 movies/shows currently streaming in your region. The company has now taken that data and are now showcasing it on a dedicated website: https://top10.netflix.com/
This isn't the company being any more transparent than they have been. You're not seeing any actual viewership of titles or other metrics, but the site does have some interesting functionality. Users can view the top 10 broken into movies and TV shows, or they can take a look around the world and see who is watching what, where.
Right now in Luxembourg, Narcos: Mexico season 3 is the most watched show on platform. It is also broken up by seasons rather than show titles, so you'll note that people in Luxembourg are watching seasons 2+3 of You in high numbers right now.
Star Trek fans get what they asked for
Let's say you're a Star Trek fan outside of the US. Chances are pretty good you were looking forward to the return of Star Trek: Discovery this week. Well, unless you're planning on taking to the piracy waters, you're going to have to wait a bit.
Yes, Discovery (or DISCO as the show calls itself, steering fans away from the acronym STD) will still return this week on Nov 18 in the US on Paramount+, but for most of the rest of the world it had been streaming on Netflix. A new deal struck between Paramount+ and Netflix will see the show run now exclusive to Paramount+ globally. And because of this deal, DISCO will now debut in 2022 (for what one assumes are contractual reasons).
Why the move? Simply, it is ViacomCBS working on getting all of its Star Trek shows back on the streaming platform it owns. Star Trek is a key brand for Paramount+ and previous deals had seen the various Star Trek shows streaming on a variety of different platforms. But that ends now.
This move is not about Star Trek: Discovery specifically. It is about telling the audience that Paramount+ is the home of Star Trek. It needs to make the platform as synonymous with Star Trek as Disney+ is for Marvel shows. If they lose some viewers this season to piracy in international territories, that's just the price of fixing up the mistake of the previous rights deal. All new Star Trek shows going forward will debut on Paramount+. This includes the anticipated live-action show Strange New Worlds.
(Picard and animated series Lower Decks remain on Amazon Prime Video outside of the US, at least for the moment.)
I would regularly see Star Trek fans complain that they had to subscribe to multiple services to watch all of the Trek shows. This should end that complaint. (Now they will just whinge that it isn't on Netflix). It amuses me hearing the complaints about having to pay for a few months to subscribe to a streamer to watch Star Trek, considering how many ST fans over the years have paid for all of the Star Trek DVDs, VHS tapes, Blurays, and then there's those that went to the effort and expense of having friends in the US tape and send them new episodes.
What's REALLY interesting about Paramount+ buying back the rights to DISCO is the expense of it all. The Netflix deal was so lucrative that it covered most of the cost of producing what is a very expensive show. Essentially, Paramount+ (then CBS All Access) were getting a multi-million dollar show to stream for free thanks to the international rights deal.
LeVar Burton gets his game show
Former Star Trek: The Next Generation star LeVar Burton wanted to be the host of Jeopardy! But that didn't play out the way that he and a number of his followers on Twitter wanted (it's almost as if Twitter enthusiasm doesn't reflect enthusiasm off-platform... Wild....).
But that isn't to say Burton will be game show-less. Heavens no - he's now set to host a game show adaptation of classic trivia board game Trivial Pursuit.
eOne is teaming with Hasbro to make the new series, which doesn't yet have a network attached.
Multiple TV adaptations have come before the Burton-hosted edition, including one in the early 1990s that was hosted by Wink Martindale and a syndicated version that aired in 2008-09 and was hosted by Christopher Knight.
Good luck Burton... following Christopher Knight, Bobby Brady himself. A tough act to follow.
- Randall Park will star in the 10-episode Netflix Blockbuster - a comedy set in the last Blockbuster store. Read: Variety
- With USA Network changing focus to broadcasting live sports, scripted series The Sinner will end with its fourth season. Read: THR
- A Point Break TV show following Johnny Utah's daughter? I'm listening... Read: /Film
- Did anyone think Jane Campion would be into superhero movies? Read: The Guardian
- Amazon's TV is apparently feature rich and has a decent price, but picture quality lets it down. Read: The Verge
- French film streaming platform Cinessance has launched in the US and Canada. Read: World Screen
- Disney+ is expected to take over Netflix in terms of subscriber numbers in 2027. Read: TBI Vision
[The tech glitch preventing YouTube embeds persists. Yes, it is frustrating.]
Letterkenny returns to Hulu Dec 26.
Landscapers debuts on HBO on Dec 6. The series has Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a seemingly ordinary British couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham.
Chris Miller and Phil Lord's Apple TV+ comedy The Afterparty debuts Jan 28.
Ozark returns for its fourth season Jan 21 on Netflix.
What's next? Tomorrow.