2020 has been branded with an assortment of labels and titles, but from a media perspective, it was a truly transitional year for streaming video. Here's a recap of the most watched original shows, acquired content, and movies on streaming platforms.
Nielsen released the top 10 shows on television for 2020. In all likelihood, the atypical nature of the year will be profound enough to drive permanent shifts in consumer behavior, including media consumption.
News about the pandemic, rising instances of social injustice and a presidential election have all stolen share from live sports, as has the rise of subscription video on-demand content.
After living in a pandemic for nine months, daytime has become a second primetime for total TV consumption among many former office professionals and managers.
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While total media consumption has largely normalized since the peaks we saw in March and April, the massive streaming enablement during that period has brought streaming to the forefront of the media landscape.
An array of new streaming platforms and services—many of which are ad-supported—are rapidly entering the race and attracting increased engagement along the way.
In addition to driving increased streaming, COVID-19 is having a significant impact on local news reliance and consumption.
Despite the challenges and adjustments that working from home involves, such as toddlers, animals, potentially sharing tight quarters with others, most Americans enjoy the convenience, still feel engaged with their roles and believe it makes it easier to strike a work-life balance.
Nielsen National Television Household Universe Estimates for the 2020-2021 TV season increased to 121 million TV homes, up from 2019.