“Friends” shoots to the top of the TV streaming charts after Matthew Perry’s death

” was the No. 1 most popular show on US streaming services last week, according to new data – following news of the series star ‘s death.

For the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5, “Friends” (available on Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max) was the top-ranked TV show among American viewers, according to data compiled by streaming guide JustWatch. This was followed by the limited series All the Light We Cannot See on Netflix and Gen V on Amazon Prime Video (see full top 10 below).

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In the USA, “Friends” became available exclusively on Max (then HBO Max). when the streaming service debuted on Netflix in May 2020 after five years. Shortly thereafter Perry died at the age of 54on Saturday, October 28th, max Added a Tribute card that now appears at the start of each season to his honor.

Note that JustWatch’s rankings are based on self-reported data from its users and therefore differ from passive measurement services such as Nielsen’s Streaming Content Ratings. According to JustWatch, it has around 40 million users in 139 countries worldwide. Meanwhile, “Friends” doesn’t appear on Max’s top 10 TV show list, but according to WBD Content must be recently added to Max to be included in this ranking.

“Friends” originally aired on NBC for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. The show follows the lives of six 20-something New Yorkers living in the same apartment building: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler Bing (Perry).

The show was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who co-produced “Friends” with Kevin Bright through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.


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