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The Mandalorian beaten to top streaming spot by surprise Netflix show

The Mandalorian
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New streaming figures are in – and they might come as a surprise. As The Mandalorian season 2 continues, discussions have sprung up around the new instalment – including speculation over that Grand Admiral Thrawn namedrop and which Jedi baby Grogu could contact from Tython. Despite the theorising, a new Netflix show has claimed the top spot instead, with The Mandalorian coming third in the Nielsen rankings, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

The Queen’s Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, was the most-watched streaming show for the week of October 26, 2020. Across that week, about one billion minutes of The Mandalorian were watched (including season 1), and The Queen’s Gambit rose from tenth the previous week to number one, clocking in at 1.85 billion minutes watched. In fact, The Queen’s Gambit has become Netflix’s biggest scripted limited series ever. The full Nielsen top 10, alongside minutes watched, is here:

  • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) – 1.85 billion minutes viewed
  • The Office (Netflix) – 1.05 billion
  • The Mandalorian (Disney Plus) – 1.03 billion
  • Schitt's Creek (Netflix) – 963 million
  • Holidate (Netflix) – 654 million
  • Grey's Anatomy (Netflix) – 624 million
  • Criminal Minds (Netflix) – 620 million
  • NCIS (Netflix) – 552 million
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) – 535 million
  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix) – 530 million

Everything else in the top 10, bar Holidate on Netflix, is an old release. The Office grabbed the second spot, which isn’t much of a shock as it will soon be leaving the streamer, so it makes sense if people are marathoning the series while they still can.

The figures do come with some caveats, however – Nielsen only take into account audiences in the US, and, according to THR, streamers say their way of measuring figures doesn’t properly record viewing habits on devices other than TVs.

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Molly Edwards

I'm a freelance Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for our Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after getting my BA in English.