Nielsen Streaming Ratings: Netflix’s Scrappy ‘Outer Banks’ Maintains the No. 1 Spot

Netflix original series 'Outer Banks'
The scrappy Pogues from 'Outer Banks' have a message for Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos: 'You think you're better than us?' (Image credit: Netflix)

For the second consecutive week the Netflix original series Outer Banks was the most watched show on the major U.S. subscription streaming services, attracting 1.16 billion viewing minutes during the week of Aug. 9-15, according to Nielsen.

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While that’s down by 940 million minutes week over week, it seems audiences are taken with the North Carolina beach town-set coming-of-age drama, which premiered its second 10-episode season on July 30.

Netflix has yet to announce a third season of Outer Banks

Nielsen Streaming Ratings August 9-15

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Taking the No. 2 spot on Nielsen’s SVOD chart for the second consecutive week was Netflix’s off-network streaming of another young-adult-focused drama, the CW’s All American. Focused on a star football player for fictional inner-city high school who gets recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, All American garnered 883 million viewing minutes for the week ending August 15. The third season of All American premiered on Netflix on July 27.

New to the Nielsen top 10 list was Vivo, an animated musical starring and featuring new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda that debuted on Netflix on August 6. The movie drew 802 million viewing minutes, placing it in the No. 3 spot. According to Nielsen, Vivo “was up almost 40% in its first full week, with half of the viewing coming from children age 2-11, and a third of which came from Hispanic households.”

The film was initially scheduled to be released in theaters on June 4, 2021 by Sony Pictures Animation, but in April the studio licensed Vivo to Netflix. Sony Pictures retained home entertainment and linear television rights as well as all rights in China. The Vivo deal was made outside the broader Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment licensing deal that was announced in April, which allows the streaming service an exclusive window for the studio’s theatrical titles beginning in 2022. 

Vivo is the titular character, a kinkajou, voiced by Miranda, who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his owner Andrés. Vivo is directed by Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) with co-director Brandon Jeffords (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2). Quiara Alegría Hudes, who penned the book for Miranda’s In The Heights, co-wrote the screenplay alongside DeMicco.

What Netflix paid for Vivo hasn’t been reported, but back in January Sony sold the animated comedy The Mitchells vs. The Machines to the service for a reported $100 million. 

Nielsen Streaming Ratings - Movies August 9-15

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Meanwhile, Netflix off-net run of AMC’s The Walking Dead dropped three spots to No. 6 during the week of August 9.  The post-apocalyptic television tallied 606 million viewing minutes, down 114 million minutes week over week. Season 10 of The Walking Dead premiered on Netflix on July 26.

Nielsen Weekly Ratings - Acquired Series August 9-15

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Coming in at No. 8 was Netflix’s Hit & Run from Fauda co-creators Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz. The nine-episode series premiered on August 6 and garnered 549 million viewing minutes during the week ending August 15. Focused oil a happily married man (Raz) whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident, Hit & Run, per Netflix, landed in the streamer’s Top 10 a day after its debut.

Taking the No. 10 spot on Nielsen’s SVOD chart was Netflix offnet show Chicago Med with 527 million viewing minutes. The first five seasons of the NBC medical drama, which has been on the air since 2015, debuted on Netflix on July 22. The show also streams on Hulu, Peacock and Amazon Prime.

Nielsen Streaming Ratings - Original Series August 9-15

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Previous Weekly Rankings:

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