This time of year, critics typically release their annual lists of Top Ten TV Shows or Best Movies of the Year. At Comcast, our customers are the most powerful critic, and they determine the Xfinity On Demand Awards.
Racking up more than 400 million views on Xfinity On Demand each month, our customers cast their votes for best TV, movies and music of the year simply by what they watch on Xfinity On Demand. Sometimes the most popular shows match the most critically acclaimed – but not always: see top new TV series 2012. Whatever the genre, our platform provides great insight into customer demand in 2013:
Most-Viewed Overall TV Series: Downton Abbey (followed by The Blacklist,Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow and The Walking Dead)
Downton Abbey is a long-time Vanity Fair darling and now the top show among Xfinity viewers. Also notable: NBC’s new show The Blacklist stands out as a new series beating out seasoned contenders for the second spot.
Most-Viewed New TV Series: The Blacklist (followed by Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome, Bates Motel and The Bible)
In recent years, cable and premium networks grabbed headlines by launching one fantastic new series after another. This year, the top new series came from the broadcast networks. Here’s an analysis about how FOX did it right from Vulture.com.
Most-Viewed Kids TV Series: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (followed by Calliou, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer and Team Umizoomi)
Mickey proves to be a consistent hit with little ones by winning the category for the second consecutive year, and parents can be happy about the 4-star rating from Common Sense Media.
Most-Viewed New Release Movies (for rent): Identity Thief (followed by Flight, Argo, Django Unchained and Taken 2)
The chemistry between Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman helped Identity Thief carry on the tradition of comedies claiming the top spot for new release movies.
Most-Purchased Movies (to own): Despicable Me 2 (followed by Fast & Furious 6, The Hunger Games, The Wolverine and Red 2)
Xfinity TV customers quickly adopted the latest entertainment option – purchasing movies and TV shows through Xfinity On Demand – making Xfinity TV the top digital seller of Despicable Me 2 in its first week.
Most-Viewed Kids Movie: Wreck-it Ralph (followed by Parental Guidance,Despicable Me, Here Comes the Boom and The Croods)
With its 52nd animated feature film, Disney re-claims the top spot from Alvin and the Chimpunks.
Most-Viewed Indie Movie: 6 Souls (followed by An Awkward Sexual Adventure, Erased, The ABCs of Death and Haunting in Connecticut 2: The Ghosts of Georgia)
Re-named for its first American release On Demand, followed by a limited theatrical release, this horror-thriller starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers bested the indie category.
Most-Viewed Musical Artist: Chris Brown (followed by Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne)
Xfinity On Demand is the perfect platform for a quick nibble or deep dive on music content. This year, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj bested Beyonce for a 1-2 finish in 2013.
2013 was a huge year for Xfinity On Demand. We crossed the 30 billionth view milestone and shattered our monthly viewership records TWICE – in March with our first-ever Watchathon and then again in November on the heels of our Fall TV Fest. 2013 also saw the most-views-ever on Xfinity On Demand in the first three days after broadcast– NBC’s Sound of Music.