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Netflix overtakes CBS & NBC for ‘Most Watched Original Programming’ in USA

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Netflix overtakes CBS & NBC for ‘Most Watched Original Programming’ in USA

Netflix has overtaken CBS and NBC for ‘most watched original programming’ in the US, according to research conducted by Casinos En Ligne.

The streaming giant not only offers its subscribers an impressive collection of archive content, it also commissions films and series that are exclusive to its platform. These commissions have been more viewed more times than the original offerings from traditional broadcasters such as CBS and NBC, the research has found.

1. Netflix — 337 Billion Minutes Viewed

Netflix was founded in August 1997. Over the last few years, it’s quickly become the most popular streaming platform in the world, featuring some of the most memorable and captivating original programming. In Q1 of this year, Netflix viewers watched 337 billion minutes of original programming, nearly 20 percent more than CBS, the next-highest network.

In the past two years, Netflix Original movies have also become increasingly popular. With many Netflix Original shows and movies still scheduled to be released, the number of minutes viewed on its original programming will only be trending up in the future.

2. CBS — 281 Billion Minutes Viewed

One of the oldest media companies in the US, CBS checks in at No.2 with 281 billion minutes of original programming viewed in Q1. CBS was founded in 1927 and is one of the most popular US broadcasting companies. It’s popular original titles include Young Sheldon, CSI, Criminal Minds, Survivor, and The Young and the Restless.

3. NBC — 190 Billion Minutes Viewed

Known as the National Broadcasting Company, NBC is the oldest company on the list. Founded in 1926, NBC is a radio and television network. In Q1, its original programming was consumed for 190 billion minutes, making it America’s second-most popular TV network, behind only CBS.

Some of NBC’s most popular original programming includes Dateline, Weakest Link, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Law & Order, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

4. ABC — 181 Billion Minutes Viewed

Founded in 1943, ABC is known as the American Broadcasting Company. It’s a flagship property of Disney Entertainment. During a regularly scheduled week, the network provides 89 hours of original programming, including The Bachelor, Shark Tank, American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Celebrity Jeopardy.

During the Q1 period in 2023, ABC had 181 billion minutes viewed on original programming.

5. FOX — 129 Billion Minutes Viewed

One of the newer broadcasting companies, Fox was founded in 1986. The broadcasting company is home to popular shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Masterchef, The Masked Singer, and Bob’s Burger.

In the Q1 period in 2023, Fox totalled 129 billion minutes viewed on original programming.

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