In case you weren’t sure whether Prime Video‘s Gen V is a hit: it is. Not just in our minds, though, but also on Nielsen’s charts of top streamed shows, as just announced earlier today by the independent body.
Each week, Nielsen releases a chart of actual streaming statistics, in direct contrast with the sketchy data streaming services release (if they release anything at all). The catch is that the data is delayed a month. So the charts released today, October 26, are actually for four weeks prior. And on Nielsen’s chart for the week of September 25 through October 1, Gen V charts at #8 on the Originals list, with 374 million viewing minutes.
By comparison, it’s below The Wheel of Time on Prime Video and doesn’t even chart on the overall list, which includes Acquired programs (S.W.A.T. is #10 with 617 million minutes watched). But it’s also above Apple TV+ juggernaut The Morning Show. Take that, Jennifer Aniston!
If you’re looking for a more direct comparison, let’s discuss how Gen V is doing versus The Boys. Unfortunately, the company didn’t start measuring streaming data for Prime Video until after The Boys Season 1. But we do have data for Season 2 when the show was already enormous.
Starting with the August 31, 2020, to September 6, 2020 list, The Boys claimed the #3 spot towards the beginning of Season 2, nabbing 891 Million Minutes with 11 episodes. By the end of Season 3, The Boys was clocking over one billion minutes watched, for 24 episodes. That’s key to mention for Gen V and comparison purposes… Since Nielsen measures by the minute, Gen V as of this chart only has three episodes for a total of 160 minutes, versus the 11 The Boys had when it hit Nielsen with well beyond that.
The point being, Gen V is currently kicking a lot of arse, to borrow a term from Billy Butcher. How it will do in the long term? Stay tuned.