Two Apple TV+ shows beat anything on Netflix and Disney+ in Q1 2022

Two Apple TV+ shows beat anything on Netflix and Disney+ in Q1 2022

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Apple is managing to stand out in the streaming market in Q1 2022.
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More streaming viewers watched the drama CODA on Apple TV+ than any other movie or series during the first three months of 2022, according to a ratings tracker. And the thriller Severance on Apple’s streaming service came in third place overall.

That means Apple TV+ streamed two shows with more viewers than anything on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or Disney+.

Apple TV+ tops ratings charts in Q1 2022

Apple’s streaming service is a newcomer compared to the likes of Netflix and Hulu. But in recent months, it managed to make a splash. Apple TV+ attracted viewers in droves to some of its shows, beating out more-established competitors.

Movie and TV search engine Reelgood ranked the 50 most-watched shows and movies during the January-through-March period, and Apple TV+ did very well.

CODA

The film CODA sits at No. 1 on Reelgood‘s chart. It surely helps that the film recently won the Best Picture Oscar, making Apple TV+ the first streaming service to ever win that award.

CODA tells the story of a high school senior who is the only hearing person in her Deaf family. She’s torn between holding that family together as an interpreter or departing for music school to pursue her dreams.

Severance

Severance came in third place in Reelgood’s quarterly ranking. The creepy series, which recently ended its first season on a high note, ranked highly almost every week since it debuted, showing enduring popularity.

It centers on a small group of workers at the harrowingly evil firm Lumon Industries. The employees agreed to a “severance” procedure that surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. What could go wrong when they find out what type of company they work for?

Apple TV+: A small but growing player in streaming

While some Apple TV+ shows rose to the tops of the charts, the streaming service still has a long way to go before it can match more-popular rivals.

Apple’s service captured only 5% of the U.S. streaming market in the first quarter of 2022, according to industry analysis firm JustWatch. That’s well below Netflix (23%) and Amazon Prime Video (19%).

Still, Apple TV+ saw an uptick in Q1 2022. It attracted just 4% of the streaming market in 2021.

Apple TV+’s share of the U.S. streaming market grew in Q1 2022.
Apple TV+’s share of the U.S. streaming market grew in Q1 2022.
Chart: JustWatch