- Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” dominated the Emmys on Sunday, but Netflix helped introduce the series to a wider audience.
- It isn’t the first show to experience the “Netflix bump.” The “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix for boosting the show’s ratings.
- Now, Netflix is helping Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” follow-up, “Better Call Saul.” It’s among the most popular series this year streaming on Netflix that originated on another network, according to the television-tracking app TV Time.
- TV Time provided Business Insider with 14 of the most watched shows this year that are streaming on Netflix that originated on another network, based on activity from its millions of users.
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Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” swept the Emmys on Sunday with seven wins. After going unnoticed by the Emmys in its first four seasons and then being recognized in its fifth, the show suddenly became an awards heavyweight in its sixth and final season this year.
It largely has Netflix to thank for that.
While the series isn’t a Netflix original, the streaming giant introduced it to a much wider audience that helped propel it to Emmys glory. The show’s cocreator and star, Eugene Levy, even thanked Netflix in his acceptance speech after it won best comedy series.
“Schitt’s Creek” isn’t the first show to experience the “Netflix bump.” “Breaking Bad,” another Emmys favorite, saw its ratings rise after streaming on Netflix. Creator Vince Gilligan told reporters in 2013 after it won the best drama Emmy that “Netflix kept us on the air.”
Now, Netflix is boosting Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” follow-up, “Better Call Saul,” a prequel series starring Bob Odenkirk as the lawyer Jimmy McGill. The show is among this year’s most popular shows that are streaming on Netflix but originated on another network, according to the television-tracking app, TV Time.
TV Time provided Business Insider with the most watched shows on Netflix since January 1 that originated on another network, based on activity from its millions of users (we excluded international shows and shows that Netflix revived as originals, such as “Lucifer”).
The list includes sitcoms like “The Office,” which has consistently been one of Netflix’s most popular shows but is leaving at the end of the year for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock; long-running procedural dramas like “Criminal Minds” and “Grey’s Anatomy”; and the animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which arrived on Netflix this year and immediately joined the streamer’s own daily lists of its most popular titles, even though it originally aired from 2005 to 2008.
Netflix’s library of old TV shows is important for the service, even as it invests heavily into original content. When Nielsen debuted its first weekly list of top streaming titles earlier this month, based on minutes watched, all were streaming on Netflix, but just one was a Netflix original. The list included shows that appeared on TV Times’ list, such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Office.”
Here are 14 TV shows that got a viewership bump after becoming available on Netflix, ranked by their popularity with TV Time’s users: