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‘Soul’ Tops All Nielsen-Measured Streaming Shows and Films Over Christmas Holiday

HBO Max, which streamed ”Wonder Woman 1984,“ was not included in the ratings

Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” was the most viewed streaming title during the week of Christmas, topping other Netflix original shows and films and even the juggernaut “The Office” in its final full week on Netflix before moving over to Peacock.

Nielsen’s new SVOD Content Ratings reports that “Soul” was viewed for 1.669 billion minutes during the week of December 21-27, with “The Office,” “Bridgerton” and the Netflix original film “The Midnight Sky” starring George Clooney ranking close behind. “Soul” dropped on Disney+ on Christmas Day.

It’s worth noting that the other major Christmas Day release, “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max, was not included in Nielsen’s count. Currently Nielsen only tracks streaming content from Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu and Netflix. That film though played in theaters and on HBO Max day and date and did well enough to warrant a third film in the franchise being fast-tracked. To date it has made $35.8 million in theaters domestically and $142.5 million worldwide.

Other shows and films to round out the Top 10 on streamers included “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, followed by five other Netflix titles, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Crown,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two” and “Criminal Minds.”

“The Midnight Sky” was also released on Christmas Day, and it was viewed for 1.113 billion minutes. “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” which stars Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn as Santa and Mrs. Claus, debuted over Thanksgiving, and it was viewed for 660 million minutes in that week.

“The Office” before it moved over to Peacock logged 1.435 million minutes viewed, and Netflix’s “Bridgerton” was seen for 1.204 billion minutes. “The Mandalorian,” the only other Disney+ title on the list, logged just over 1 billion minutes for its 16 available episodes.

“Soul” was intended to be a theatrical release but was bumped to Disney+ for the holiday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film is directed by Pete Docter and features the voice talent of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey in an existential story about a jazz teacher who suddenly passes away and then works as a lost soul trying to return to his body to play a final gig that could change his life.

Nielsen recently launched its SVOD rankings, and it reported that in 2020, “Frozen II” was the most-watched movie of the year with 14.9 billion minutes, topping a list that included seven of the top 10 films from Disney+.

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