Netflix Fantasy Drama `The Witcher' Tops Streaming Ratings For Second Week

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HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - ``The Witcher'' topped the streaming ratings for the second consecutive week with viewership increasing 24.8% from the previous week when the Netflix fantasy drama's eight-episode second season was available for only three days, according to figures released by Nielsen.  

Viewers spent 2.734 billion minutes watching the 16 episodes of ``The Witcher'' between Dec. 20-26. They spent 2.191 billion minutes watching it the previous week.  

``Emily in Paris'' was second with 938 million minutes watched of the 20 episodes of the Netflix comedy, including its 10-episode second season, which was released Dec. 22. Its viewership was 77% female, according to Nielsen.  

Three other programs were in the latest top 10 that were not in the previous week's. The 2003 Christmas film ``Elf,'' which streams on Hulu, was fourth with 725 million minutes watched. The 1990 comedy film ``Home Alone,'' was sixth with 700 million minutes watched on Disney+.  

The Lucille Ball biographical drama ``Being The Ricardos'' was eighth with 604 million minutes watched in the first six days it was available on Amazon Prime Video.  

Dropping out of the top 10 were the science fiction series ``Lost in Space,'' the Sandra Bullock-starring post-incarceration film ``The Unforgivable,'' the classic NBC comedy ``Seinfeld'' and the animated comedy ``Back to the Outback.'' All four programs stream on Netflix.  

The top 10 consisted of five programs that stream on Netflix, two each on Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video and one on Hulu. Nielsen also announces streaming viewership of Apple TV+ programming.  

The top 10 consisted of four original streaming series; three movies; two series that originally aired on a U.S. broadcast network; and ``CoComelon,'' the 15-episode 3D animated series of videos of traditional nursery rhymes and original children's songs that originated on YouTube.  

The top 10 programs were ``The Witcher,'' ``Emily in Paris,'' ``Hawkeye,'' ``Elf,'' ``CoComelon,'' ``Home Alone,'' ``The Wheel of Time,'' ``Being The Ricardos,'' ``Criminal Minds'' and ``NCIS.''  

The figures reflect only television-set viewing, including such television-connected devices as Roku and Apple TV. Mobile-only viewing is not included in Nielsen's streaming measurement systems.  

The viewership for the first three days of the film comedy ``Don't Look Up'' on Netflix were not fully credited, which could have kept it from reaching the top 10. It will receive additional minutes and the figure will be reissued next week, according to Nielsen.

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