Nielsen Streaming Ratings: Netflix’s 'Manifest' Soars Back to No. 1 with the Debut of Season 3

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Nine days after the third season of Manifest appeared on Netflix, the supernatural drama was the most watched program on the four biggest domestic subscription streaming services, attracting 1.388 billion viewing minutes during the week of Aug. 23-29, according to Nielsen.

For five consecutive weeks—from the week of June 14 until the week of July 5—Manifest took the No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s weekly SVOD rankings. In fact, during the week ending June 20, Netflix’s off-net run of the cancelled NBC drama garnered a whopping 2.49 billion viewing minutes, marking the best one-week audience performance of the year among the four U.S. streaming platforms Nielsen tracks, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Disney Plus.

Nielsen Streaming Ratings August 23-29

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The first two seasons of Manifest debuted on Netflix on June 10, just days before NBC pulled the plug. The show’s audience performance finally dropped out of Nielsen’s weekly top 10 in mid-August … right before Netflix agreed to produce a fourth season of the Warner Bros. TV series, while also acquiring immediately rights to streaming the third season of the show. 

That third season dropped on Netflix August 21, vaulting the show back to the top of the rankings. 

Also read: How NBCU Badly Misplayed Its Hand with 'Manifest'

Meanwhile, after just five days on Netflix,  limited series Clickbait took the No. 2 spot with 912 million viewing minutes. The eight-episode series follows a family man who is kidnapped and appears online holding a sign that says, “I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die.” The series stars Adrian Grenier, Zoe Kazan and Betty Gabriel and was created by Tony Ayres and Christian White.

Nielsen Streaming Ratings - Original Series August 23-29

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Disney Plus’ Cruella—the live-action prequel to the Disney animated classic 101 Dalmatians— took the No. 3 ranking with 815 million viewing minutes. That’s up by 535 million viewing minutes from the week Cruella was released on Disney’s “Premiere Access” streaming window on May 28. Premiere Access titles cost Disney Plus subscribers an additional $30 to watch. 

Emma Stone stars in the origin story of Cruella de Vil, which was released into the free-with-subscription window Disney Plus on August 27. Thus far, Cruella has earned just over $233 million in global box office. 

In August, it was announced that Stone will star in Cruella 2, with Disney recalibrating the deal to be less reliant on box office receipts and account more for video streaming. 

Nielsen Streaming Ratings - Movies August 23-29

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Netflix’s Sweet Girl was the only other film to make Nielsen’s top 10 list during the week ending August 29. The revenge thriller starring Marisa Tomei and Jason Momoa garnered 519 million viewing minutes putting it in the No. 8 spot.

Sweet Girl, which was released on August 20, features Momoa as a grieving husband who vows to find his wife’s killers.

Notably, Netflix original youth drama Outer Banks, which had led the previous two weeks, dropped out of the top 10. 

Nielsen Streaming Ratings - Acquired Series August 23-29

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Previous Weekly Rankings:

August 16-22: Netflix’s ’Outer Banks’ Loses 37% of Its Audience, Still Finishes No. 1

August 9-15: Netflix’s Scrappy ‘Outer Banks’ Maintains the No. 1 Spot

August 2-8: Netflix's ‘Outer Banks’ Surpasses 2.1 Billion Viewing Minutes

July 26 - August 1: Netflix's 'All American' Edges 'Outer Banks' for No. 1

July 19-25: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Maintains the No. 1 Spot

July 12-18: Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Ends Five-Week ‘Manifest’ Winning Streak

July 5-11: #SaveManifest Movement Picks Up Steam as Netflix Series Becomes the Most Watched SVOD Show for 5th Straight Week


June 28-July 4: Amazon’s $200 Million Bet on Paramount’s ‘The Tomorrow War’ Pays Off

June 21-27: ‘Manifest’ Continues Series Saving Flight Plan on Netflix

June 14-20: Netflix’s ‘Manifest’ Scores the Year’s Biggest SVOD Audience So Far

June 7-13: Netflix’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ Shows Bite for the Week of June 7-13

May 31-June 6: Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’ Bedevils SVOD’s Biggest Audience Since Season 3 of 'Cobra Kai’ Debuted in January


May 24-30: Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’ Has SVOD’s Biggest Week* Since ‘Coming 2 America’ Debuted in Early-March

May  17-23: Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ on Netflix Leads a Rather Lifeless Week for the U.S. Streaming Biz

May 10-16: ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Not Good Enough For Netflix to Renew, But Strong Enough to Lead the Week of May 10-16

May 3-9: Netflix’s $100 Million Bet on Sony’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ Pays Off


April 26 - May 2: Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ Edges Hulu’s ‘Handmade’s Tale' in Rebound Week for the Streaming Biz


April 19-25: Netflix’s ‘NCIS’ Off-net Run Wins Another ‘Easttown and Down' Week for the U.S. SVOD Biz


April 12-18: Disney Plus’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Builds to 855 Million Streaming Minutes and a No. 1 Finish

April 5-11: Give Netflix's 'Thunder Force' Five for Winning the Week of April 5-11


March 29 - April 4: Netflix’s ‘The Irregulars’ Tops the Easter Week Charts

March 22-28: - 'Falcon and Winter Soldier' Tops SVOD Originals

March 15-21: - 'Grey's Anatomy' Re-Runs Top SVOD Ranker

March 8-14: - ‘The Crown’ Got Royal Gains from Meghan’s Big Oprah Interview

March 1-7: - Amazon Tops the Charts for the First Time with ‘Coming 2 America’

Feb 22-28: - Netflix’s 'Ginny & Georgia' Leads the SVOD Biz