‘Jack Ryan’ Season 2 Topped Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ in Viewership, Nielsen Says

John Krasinski-led thriller averaged 4.6 million viewers for sophomore follow-up

The second season of “Jack Ryan” appears to be one of Amazon’s best performing shows, according to Nielsen.

The ratings measurement company said Tuesday that the “Jack Ryan” garnered an average minute audience of over 4.6 million viewers over its first seven days. That surpasses the performance for “The Boys,” (4.1 million) the gritty superhero send-up from Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg that debuted in July.

Amazon did not have any comment on the numbers. Nielsen said it’s the best performing Amazon series it’s measured, though it’s unclear how many series other than “The Boys” the company had been tracking. Nielsen only began measuring Amazon Prime Video in October.

The first episode of “Jack Ryan” Season 2 alone drew 7.3 million viewers over its first seven days of availability, which also topped the 6 million for “The Boys” premiere episode. On its Nov. 1 premiere day, more than 2 million people watched the first episode, with another 1.5 million watching the second.

Here are some more stats from Nielsen on “Jack Ryan,” which has already been renewed for a third season.

  • About 45% of the show’s average minute audience over its first seven days were within the key 18-49 buying demographic.

  • 866,000 viewers watched any episode on its official Nov. 1 premiere date (Amazon surprise-dropped the season a day earlier), up from the 613,000 that tuned in on Season 1’s debut.

  • The average household median income of season 2 viewers was just under $95 thousand, higher than the average Netflix viewer ($69.1 thousand) and the average U.S. customer ($59.5 thousand). 

Nielsen’s Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings solution launched in October 2017 with Netflix as its primary focus. The Nielsen service “can measure all viewing done to streaming programs via the TV, including through connected and smart devices, in the U.S.”

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