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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Edges Out NCIS in Streaming Rankings

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THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Edges Out NCIS in Streaming Rankings

By Movieguide® Staff

According to Nielsen’s streaming rankings for April 12-18, Disney+ dethroned Netflix with THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER earning the No. 1 spot. 

The first season of Marvel’s latest series spanned six episodes and is the first Disney+ content to take the first spot from Netflix since Disney/Pixar’s SOUL in December. 

Nielsen’s numbers showed that FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER had 855 million total minutes viewed. The week’s No. 2 spot was held by NCIS, which is streamable on Netflix. Both shows contain patriotic elements.  

Nielsen’s Top 10 overall chart for the week of April 12-18:

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+): 5 episodes, 855 million minutes of viewing

NCIS (Netflix): 53 eps, 779M minutes

Thunder Force (Netflix): 742M minutes

Them (Amazon): 10 eps, 670M minutes

Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix): 369 eps, 629M minutes

Cocomelon (Netflix): 9 eps, 609M minutes

Criminal Minds (Netflix): 310 eps, 575M minutes

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix): 80 eps, 489M minutes

The Circle (Netflix): 16 eps, 443M minutes

Heartland (Netflix): 167 eps, 430M minutes

According to the Movieguide® review for THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER:

The world being presented in THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER so far is edgy and chaotic. In fact, at one point in the first episode, Sam talks to Iron Man’s friend, Colonel Rhodes, who says they now live in a “broken world.” Sam contends the world needs a “new kind of hero” to meet new challenges. It’s becoming clear from the first three episodes that ideas of good versus evil and right versus wrong are not quite so clearcut as they were in the original Captain America movies. It’s unclear, however, how this will shake out in the second half of this season’s episodes. Hopefully, the series won’t become too politically correct, although there are some light elements that seem pointed in that direction and that seem to contain a possible critique of capitalism. That said, the program has some nice character development, especially in the changing friendship between Sam and Bucky.

There’s plenty of action violence, including gunfights and fisticuffs, in the first three episodes of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. Also, each episode has some foul language in it. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

The NCIS episode “The Arizona” was nominated for a Movieguide® Award for its strong patriotic content.

These Nielsen streaming rankings also reveal that other family-friendly content such as COCOMELON and HEARTLAND continue to appeal to audiences.