Does Prime Video have a new biggest show? Simply put: no, no.
Reports came out yesterday (June 21) that The Boys had been dropped from its position as Prime Video’s biggest show by a newcomer and was no longer the number one offering on the streaming service. The main show was now the new teen drama, The Summer I Turned Pretty.
However, we weren’t able to validate this data, which seemed odd as we haven’t seen many listings of what’s topping the Prime Video charts.
spoke with Amazon and a Prime Video representative confirmed that this is not true, and no guidance has been issued regarding the main show.
While The Summer I Turned Pretty appears to be a hit with plenty of anecdotal evidence that it was a hit with viewers and a second season already ordered by Prime Video, it’s not the streaming service’s most-streamed show.
What is the biggest Prime Video show then?
Simply put, it doesn’t have one, at least publicly. Unlike Netflix, which has been publishing a weekly list detailing its most popular TV shows and movies (opens in new tab) during a period of seven days since November 2021, Prime Video does not offer this type of information.
As a Prime Video spokesperson confirmed to : “Amazon doesn’t normally issue view numbers or that kind of data.”
In fact, Netflix is a little uncharacteristic in being so public about what its subscribers are watching.
To find Prime Video, Hulu or Disney Plus numbers, we are largely forced to rely on surveys or Nielsen, who provided ratings for more traditional broadcast networks. (opens in new tab)
Nielsen installs trackers inside the devices that capture information about what is being watched, when, by whom and how many people in a home are watching.
Prime Video shows are part of those numbers, but Nielsen’s rankings aren’t exactly up. The service’s latest numbers are for the week ending May 22, and given that The Summer I Turned Pretty dropped last Friday (June 17), it still hasn’t troubled rankings published by Nielsen.
a Hollywood reporter (opens in new tab) article from a few weeks ago called Reacher a smash hit for Prime Video and its best guess at the platform’s biggest show, with estimates of 5.76 billion viewing minutes during the show’s first six weeks. But then again, these are Nielsen’s numbers, not Prime Video’s.
The Boys is a huge hit for Prime Video and it’s no wonder they’ve announced a fourth season. According to the same report, the show’s second season made 4.8 billion minutes in its first six weeks, and a source said the new season was bigger but didn’t provide data to support that.
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