Slow Horses gallops onto list of most popular streaming shows


The gang of third-string MI5 agents from Slough House are back for season 2.
The gang of third-string MI5 agents from Slough House has plenty of fans.
Photo: Apple TV+

The Apple TV+ espionage-thriller series Slow Horses pulls in big audiences. It gets more viewers than almost anything else on streaming, according to a pair of market analyses.

Apple TV+ actually has two very popular series streaming now. Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is also near the top of the rating charts.

Slow Horses is No. 4 most popular streaming show

Apple TV+ faces tough competition from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others, but the streaming service nevertheless manages to keep putting out shows that draw in huge numbers of viewers.

Add now Slow Horses is on its list of hits. It was No. 4 on ReelGood’s list of Top 10 TV Shows on streaming during the week of November 30 through December 6. And the thriller also came in at No. 4 on JustWatch‘s list of top streaming series for the week ending December 3, the most recent data available.

Estimates from ReelGood and JustWatch are necessary because streaming services don’t reveal how many people tune into their films or series.

For those not already watching, Slow Horses stars Oscar winner Gary Oldman as a brilliant but world-weary cold warrior leading a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department for MI5. Each of the spies ended up together due to career-ending mistakes.

This is the third season of the series, and the applause by critics has never stopped. Season three has a 97% approval rating on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, while season two pulled in a 100% approval rating.

Watch on Apple TV

The first three episodes of Slow Horses season three are available to stream from Apple TV+ now. And the two earlier seasons can be bingewatched.

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters stomps on the popularity chart, too

This was the first time the latest season of Slow Horses made it onto the two Top 10 lists, but the Apple TV+ series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters has kept consistently pulling in big audiences for weeks.

It was No. 3 onReelGood’s list of Top 10 TV Shows on streaming during the week of November 30 through December 6. And JustWatch has it at No. 4 during the week ending December 3.

For those not already watching, Monarch is the new Apple TV+ series set in the MonsterVerse that contains classic kaiju.

The official description says:

“Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga — spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.”

Watch on Apple TV

The first five episodes of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters are available to stream now on Apple TV+. More will debut each Friday into early January.

After watching, be sure to read Cult of Mac‘s recaps with references you might have missed and speculation about where the show is going. The latest is about episode 5 but there are recaps for earlier episodes, too.

Now on Apple TV+

Watching any of these comes with a $9.99-per-month subscription to Apple TV+. And there are no commercial interruptions.

The streaming service also includes much more, of course. There are dramas, comedies, science fiction, children’s shows, nature documentaries, etc.


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