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Canceled ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Opens as Top Original Series in Nielsen Streaming Charts

Jupiter’s Legacy was the top original series on Netflix for its premiere week, according to Nielsen. That wasn’t enough, however, to keep the show gong. The adaptation of Mark Millar…

Jupiter’s Legacy was the top original series on Netflix for its premiere week, according to Nielsen. That wasn’t enough, however, to keep the show gong.

The adaptation of Mark Millar’s superhero comic pulled in 696 million minutes of viewing time in the week of May 3-9 (it premiered May 7), edging out Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (690 million) for the No. 1 ranking among original series on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon’s Prime Video and Disney+. The release of the rankings comes a day after Millar and Netflix announced Jupiter’s Legacy was done at the streamer. Netflix, which acquired Millar’s company Millarworld in 2017, also gave a series order to a live-action show based on his and Leinil Francis Yu’s Supercrooks.

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The 696 million minutes of watch time for Jupiter’s Legacy is slightly below Netflix’s last big series, Shadow and Bone. That show had 721 million minutes for its first weekend, then grew to 1.19 billion for the full week of April 26-May 2. It slipped to 555 million for May 3-9.

The Handmaid’s Tale fell a fair amount as it shifted to single weekly episodes on Hulu (the season four debut featured three installments). The drama’s 690 million minutes of viewing time was a 34 percent drop from 1.04 billion the previous week. (Nielsen measures viewing of all episodes of a series in its rankings.)

Part two of Selena: The Series (639 million minutes), Netflix docuseries Sons of Sam (461 million) and animated show Star Wars: The Bad Batch (251 million) on Disney+ also debuted in the top 10 originals.

The top title overall for the week was Netflix’s animated movie The Mitchells vs. the Machines, with 853 million minutes of viewing time — equivalent to about 7.55 million full showings of the 113-minute film. Amazon’s Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse (568 million minutes) had a solid showing in its second week, falling about 25 percent from its opening.

Streaming platforms contend Nielsen’s methodology doesn’t capture the full scope of viewing on devices other than TV sets. Nielsen also only measures U.S. audiences, not those in other countries, and currently only includes Amazon, Disney+, Hulu and Netflix in its rankings.

Nielsen’s streaming top 10s for May 3-9 are below. Original streaming films are marked with an asterisk.

Original Series

1. Jupiter’s Legacy (Netflix), 696 million minutes viewed2. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), 690 million3. Selena: The Series (Netflix), 639 million4. Shadow and Bone (Netflix), 555 million5. The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness (Netflix), 461 million6. The Circle (Netflix), 456 million7. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+), 251 million8. The Crown (Netflix), 210 million9. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+), 204 million10. Lucifer (Netflix), 190 million

Acquired Series

1. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix), 733 million minutes2. NCIS (Netflix), 721 million3. Criminal Minds (Netflix), 658 million4. Cocomelon (Netflix), 519 million5. Supernatural (Netflix), 380 million6. Heartland (Netflix), 369 million7. Schitt’s Creek (Netflix), 293 million8. New Girl (Netflix), 279 million9. Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Netflix), 254 million10. Bones (Netflix), 245 million

Movies

1. The Mitchells vs. the Machines* (Netflix), 853 million minutes2. Without Remorse* (Amazon), 568 million3. Madagascar 3 (Netflix), 244 million4. Things Heard & Seen* (Netflix), 239 million5. Love Happens (Netflix), 220 million6. Green Zone (Netflix), 208 million7. Moana (Disney+), 186 million8. Scarface (Netflix), 138 million9. The Clovehitch Killer (Hulu), 132 million10. Your Highness (Netflix), 129 million

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