Nielsen has revealed the 15th most-watched shows and films on streaming services in 2021 in the United States, with Disney+ dominating the film chart, with 11 of the most-watched 15 films of the year.

Pixar’s “Luca” was the most-watched movie of the year, pulling in over 10.6 billion minutes of viewing, showcasing why Disney’s strategy of not releasing the film in cinemas, worked out perfectly for this title. Pixar’s “Soul” also was a big success in 2021, though it’s important to note that because it was released over Christmas in 2020, the initial launch boost wouldn’t have been counted.

“Raya And The Last Dragon” was also another massive success for Disney+. While it did have a theatrical run and a Disney+ Premier Access release, the film was the third most popular film of the year.


While Disney’s classic films continued to pull in viewers, with “Moana” being the second most-watched film of 2021, which is why Disney is making a new series based on the movie. With both “Frozen” films and “Coco” continuing to pull in an audience, showcasing the power of these films.

Other big Disney releases of the year, “Cruella”, “Black Widow”, and “Jungle Cruise”, all had Disney+ Premier Access releases, plus a quick-release onto Disney+, meant that these films made the top 15 chart.

Marvel’s “WandaVision” was the only Disney+ Original to make the top 15 list on the series front, which Netflix dominated.

Disney’s ABC/20th shows “Criminal Minds”, “New Girl”, “Bones”, and “Grey’s Anatomy” continue to pull in viewers on Netflix. These shows are available on Disney+ internationally.

It’s important to note that Nielsen doesn’t monitor mobile views, nor does it monitor Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Netflix, but doesn’t count Peacock or HBO Max.

Here’s the rundown:
Top 15 Original Series


Lucifer
Squid Game
Great British Baking Show
Virgin River
Bridgerton
You*
Cobra Kai*
The Crown
Longmire*
The Handmaid’s Tale
Outer Banks
Ted Lasso
Maid (2021 Series)
Wandavision
The Witcher

Top Acquired Series

Criminal Minds
Cocomelon
Grey’s Anatomy
NCIS
Heartland
Manifest
Supernatural
Schitt’s Creek
Gilmore Girls
New Girl
Shameless
The Blacklist
Bones
Seinfeld
The Walking Dead


Top 15 Movies

Luca (2021)
Moana
Raya And The Last Dragon
Frozen 2
Red Notice
Frozen
Soul (2020)
Cruella
Mitchells Vs. The Machines

Nielsen has revealed the 15th most-watched shows and films on streaming services in 2021 in the United States, with Disney+ dominating the film chart, with 11 of the most-watched 15 films of the year.

Pixar’s “Luca” was the most-watched movie of the year, pulling in over 10.6 billion minutes of viewing, showcasing why Disney’s strategy of not releasing the film in cinemas, worked out perfectly for this title. Pixar’s “Soul” also was a big success in 2021, though it’s important to note that because it was released over Christmas in 2020, the initial launch boost wouldn’t have been counted.


“Raya And The Last Dragon” was also another massive success for Disney+. While it did have a theatrical run and a Disney+ Premier Access release, the film was the third most popular film of the year.

While Disney’s classic films continued to pull in viewers, with “Moana” being the second most-watched film of 2021, which is why Disney is making a new series based on the movie. With both “Frozen” films and “Coco” continuing to pull in an audience, showcasing the power of these films.

Other big Disney releases of the year, “Cruella”, “Black Widow”, and “Jungle Cruise”, all had Disney+ Premier Access releases, plus a quick-release onto Disney+, meant that these films made the top 15 chart.

Marvel’s “WandaVision” was the only Disney+ Original to make the top 15 list on the series front, which Netflix dominated.

Disney’s ABC/20th shows “Criminal Minds”, “New Girl”, “Bones”, and “Grey’s Anatomy” continue to pull in viewers on Netflix. These shows are available on Disney+ internationally.

It’s important to note that Nielsen doesn’t monitor mobile views, nor does it monitor Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Netflix, but doesn’t count Peacock or HBO Max.

Here’s the rundown:


Top 15 Original Series

  1. Lucifer
  2. Squid Game
  3. Great British Baking Show
  4. Virgin River
  5. Bridgerton
  6. You*
  7. Cobra Kai*
  8. The Crown
  9. Longmire*
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale
  11. Outer Banks
  12. Ted Lasso
  13. Maid (2021 Series)
  14. Wandavision
  15. The Witcher


Top Acquired Series

  1. Criminal Minds
  2. Cocomelon
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
  4. NCIS
  5. Heartland
  6. Manifest
  7. Supernatural
  8. Schitt’s Creek
  9. Gilmore Girls
  10. New Girl
  11. Shameless
  12. The Blacklist
  13. Bones
  14. Seinfeld
  15. The Walking Dead


Top 15 Movies

  1. Luca (2021)
  2. Moana
  3. Raya And The Last Dragon
  4. Frozen 2
  5. Red Notice
  6. Frozen
  7. Soul (2020)
  8. Cruella
  9. Mitchells Vs. The Machines
  10. Jungle Cruise
  11. Black Widow
  12. The Tomorrow War
  13. Coco
  14. We Can Be Heroes
  15. Avengers: Endgame


Did you watch “Luca” or “WandaVision” on Disney+ in 2021?


Jungle Cruise
Black Widow
The Tomorrow War
Coco
We Can Be Heroes
Avengers: Endgame

Did you watch “Luca” or “WandaVision” on Disney+ in 2021?





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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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