US viewership of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final was 22% higher than the 2018 men’s final

According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost. The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and


According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost. The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and
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US viewership of the 2019 Women's World Cup final was 22% higher than the 2018 men's final

On Sunday, a crowd of nearly 60,000 people gathered at France’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais to watch as the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

Back in the U.S., millions more were watching. According to a statement from Fox Sports, citing data from Nielsen, approximately 14.3 million U.S. viewers tuned in to the final match on television, compared to 11.4 million for the 2018 Men’s World Cup Final, a 22% U.S. viewership boost.

Fox Sports’ statement reports that online streaming viewership peaked at roughly 20 million, making it the most-watched soccer match on English-language television, men’s or women’s, in the U.S. since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, which delivered 25.4 million viewers.

According to CNN, an additional 1.6 million viewers watched the final match in Spanish on Telemundo.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup Final in Canada aired at night in the U.S., while the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final in France aired earlier in the day. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final also had to compete for viewers with the Men’s Concacaf Gold Cup final and the Men’s Copa América final, which both took place on Sunday as well.

USWNT captain Megan Rapinoe called the scheduling of all three matches on the same day “ridiculous and disappointing. ”

Despite these challenges, the 2019 championship game set a record for online streaming for Fox Sports. The match delivered an average minute audience of 289,000 viewers for the network — up 402% from the 2015 Women’s World Cup — making it the most-streamed women’s final in history.

Fox Sports reports that 17.8 million people viewed the 2019 final match on social media, an increase of 18% on Twitter and YouTube, compared to the men’s final in 2018.

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. women’s soccer games have generated more revenue for the USSF than U.S. men’s games over the past three years, and according to Nike, the 2019 women’s stadium home jersey is the top-selling soccer jersey, men’s or women’s, ever sold on Nike.com in one season.


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Apex Legends’ viewership hours plunged 75% from their peak since the game’s launch. Here’s what that says about today’s gaming and streaming space

The report showed that the game hit peak viewership levels when viewers watched over 40 million hours of Apex Legends-focused streams the week following the game’s launch. The current outlook for Apex Legends also seems to reflect the same management and execution issues that have plagued EA, Kulina said. “We haven’t seen any new data regarding revenue or any numbers [for Apex Legends], that’s another frustration; we’re not getting consistent updates,” he added. Shares of EA soared 21% in the tw


The report showed that the game hit peak viewership levels when viewers watched over 40 million hours of Apex Legends-focused streams the week following the game’s launch. The current outlook for Apex Legends also seems to reflect the same management and execution issues that have plagued EA, Kulina said. “We haven’t seen any new data regarding revenue or any numbers [for Apex Legends], that’s another frustration; we’re not getting consistent updates,” he added. Shares of EA soared 21% in the tw
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Apex Legends' viewership hours plunged 75% from their peak since the game's launch. Here's what that says about today's gaming and streaming space

Lately when gamers go on Twitch, they see Electronic Arts’ battle royale game Apex Legends ranking as the third- or fourth-most-watched category — if that — of all categories streaming on the platform, a far cry from when the game launched in February and dominated viewership.

That’s reflected in a quarterly report released Thursday by StreamElements, a platform that helps Twitch and YouTube streamers manage and improve their livestreams. The report showed that the game hit peak viewership levels when viewers watched over 40 million hours of Apex Legends-focused streams the week following the game’s launch.

But by mid-March, viewership had plunged to around 10 million hours watched in one week — a drop of about 75% from those peak levels back in February.

The key here, according to StreamElements co-founder and CEO Doron Nir, is that based on the report numbers livestreamers are actually now more influential than traditional press in driving awareness of a new game. Nir points out that 57% of the total hours watched on Twitch for all categories actually came from the top 1,000 streamers alone, so you “don’t need a lot of streamers to make noise, just those at the top.”

“The big takeaway is that partnering with premier streamers is ideal for generating hype for a game, but it’s up to the game itself to sustain that momentum once those streamers move onto other titles,” he wrote to CNBC. “Keep in mind that it’s common for a game to come down a little bit after the initial hype is over, but if it’s a good game, it will return to the top when a new season or content is released.”

In fact, viewership for Apex Legends dropped in March when only two of the top 20 streamers focused on the game, according to the report.

“Since there was a significant drop in the charts when Apex Legends went from having 8 to only 2 of the top twenty streamers playing it, it illustrated the strength of the personalities more than the game itself,” Nir added.

As an example, Nir mentioned the spike in viewership for Grand Theft Auto V, or GTA V, a game in the GTA series that was actually released almost six years ago. In March, many of the biggest personalities on Twitch began streaming GTA V after signing up for NoPixel, a role-playing server that essentially allows approved users to play the game as a character of their choice other than the original protagonist.

That shift in focus by many of Twitch’s most popular personalities drove GTA V to become the third-most-watched game on the streaming platform in March.

EA and Respawn Entertainment, the EA-acquired game developer behind the Titanfall universe, upon which Apex Legends is based, confirmed in early March that the game had topped 50 million users in just one month. While Apex Legends was also celebrated at the time for beating battle royale giant Fortnite in terms of early player sign-ups (10 million players within 3 days, a number that took Fortnite about 2 weeks to reach), the report shows that the latter held steady as Apex Legends viewership declined.

Fortnite ended March as the most-watched game in the first quarter on Twitch.

Joel Kulina, head of technology and media trading at Wedbush Securities, said that while initial reports point to a decline in downloads and viewership for Apex Legends, “it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re seeing a decline in users or revenue is declining.” He said EA management has had a number of execution issues that have become a burden for the company.

“There has been a series of missteps [from Battlefield V and Anthem, to name a few], and those credibility issues are a concern for investors,” he told CNBC.

The current outlook for Apex Legends also seems to reflect the same management and execution issues that have plagued EA, Kulina said.

“We haven’t seen any new data regarding revenue or any numbers [for Apex Legends], that’s another frustration; we’re not getting consistent updates,” he added.

Ultimately, like many of the big traditional video game publishers, EA is struggling to adapt to a gaming world that has become more social and relies on whole new monetization systems, Kulina said.

Shares of EA soared 21% in the two weeks following the release of Apex Legends. They have since dropped about 13%.

According to SuperData, Apex Legends generated an estimated $92 million in revenue across all platforms in February, setting an opening-month launch record for free-to-play games.


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‘Game of Thrones’ hits record viewership in season 8 premiere

The much anticipated eighth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday — and viewership was hotter than dragon fire. It exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers, who tuned in for the season seven finale in 2017. Each year “Game of Thrones” has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows that typically lose viewership over the course of their runs. It is the final season of “Game of Thrones” and it’s set to wrap up nearly a decade of dynamic storytelling. He was


The much anticipated eighth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday — and viewership was hotter than dragon fire. It exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers, who tuned in for the season seven finale in 2017. Each year “Game of Thrones” has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows that typically lose viewership over the course of their runs. It is the final season of “Game of Thrones” and it’s set to wrap up nearly a decade of dynamic storytelling. He was
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'Game of Thrones' hits record viewership in season 8 premiere

The much anticipated eighth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday — and viewership was hotter than dragon fire.

Coming back from its longest hiatus in series history, “Game of Thrones” earned its highest showing for a first-run telecast with an average of 17.4 million viewers, according to HBO. It exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers, who tuned in for the season seven finale in 2017.

Each year “Game of Thrones” has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows that typically lose viewership over the course of their runs. The series also has the distinct honor of being one of the most pirated television shows ever, something HBO has worked hard to prevent in recent years.

Adding to the excitement for the fantasy drama’s debut is that this episode marks the beginning of the end for the beloved series. It is the final season of “Game of Thrones” and it’s set to wrap up nearly a decade of dynamic storytelling.

The TV series, crafted by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, comes from the mind of George R.R. Martin, the best-selling author of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” a series of novels set in the fictional land of Westeros.

Here, warring factions vie for the Iron Throne, the symbol of power in the realm, and the seat of the King of the Seven Kingdoms. Over the course of the series, characters come to realize that there are bigger threats coming to destroy them all.

The finale of “Game of Thrones” comes at a time that HBO is at a crossroads. Last year, the network’s parent company Time Warner was acquired by AT&T in a deal worth $85 billion. Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia and, within the year, all top executives at the company have stepped down and been replaced.

Most notably, HBO’s longtime chairman, Richard Plepler, resigned Feb. 28. He was the mastermind behind HBO’s content and the one to sign-off on massive TV projects like “Game of Thrones.”

While “Game of Thrones” is seen as a masterful move by HBO today, when it was first greenlit, there was no guarantee that it was going to be the massive success it became. Episode budgets were in excess of $15 million each, unheard of in the industry previously. These costs went towards manufacturing weaponry, sets in a dozen countries, cast and crew salaries and dozens of special effects houses needed to bring some of the show’s more fantastical elements — like fire-breathing dragons — to life.


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The much anticipated eighth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday — and viewership was hotter than dragon fire. It exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers, who tuned in for the season seven finale in 2017. Each year “Game of Thrones” has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows that typically lose viewership over the course of their runs. It is the final season of “Game of Thrones” and it’s set to wrap up nearly a decade of dynamic storytelling. He was
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'Game of Thrones' hits record viewership in season 8 premiere

The much anticipated eighth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday — and viewership was hotter than dragon fire.

Coming back from its longest hiatus in series history, “Game of Thrones” earned its highest showing for a first-run telecast with an average of 17.4 million viewers, according to HBO. It exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers, who tuned in for the season seven finale in 2017.

Each year “Game of Thrones” has seen its audience grow, a rarity for television shows that typically lose viewership over the course of their runs. The series also has the distinct honor of being one of the most pirated television shows ever, something HBO has worked hard to prevent in recent years.

Adding to the excitement for the fantasy drama’s debut is that this episode marks the beginning of the end for the beloved series. It is the final season of “Game of Thrones” and it’s set to wrap up nearly a decade of dynamic storytelling.

The TV series, crafted by D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, comes from the mind of George R.R. Martin, the best-selling author of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” a series of novels set in the fictional land of Westeros.

Here, warring factions vie for the Iron Throne, the symbol of power in the realm, and the seat of the King of the Seven Kingdoms. Over the course of the series, characters come to realize that there are bigger threats coming to destroy them all.

The finale of “Game of Thrones” comes at a time that HBO is at a crossroads. Last year, the network’s parent company Time Warner was acquired by AT&T in a deal worth $85 billion. Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia and, within the year, all top executives at the company have stepped down and been replaced.

Most notably, HBO’s longtime chairman, Richard Plepler, resigned Feb. 28. He was the mastermind behind HBO’s content and the one to sign-off on massive TV projects like “Game of Thrones.”

While “Game of Thrones” is seen as a masterful move by HBO today, when it was first greenlit, there was no guarantee that it was going to be the massive success it became. Episode budgets were in excess of $15 million each, unheard of in the industry previously. These costs went towards manufacturing weaponry, sets in a dozen countries, cast and crew salaries and dozens of special effects houses needed to bring some of the show’s more fantastical elements — like fire-breathing dragons — to life.


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This esports giant draws in more viewers than the Super Bowl, and it’s expected to get even bigger

Visitors cheer for international teams during the tournament of the computer game ‘League of Legends’ on May 8, 2014 in Paris. For comparison, last year’s Super Bowl had just over 98 million viewers, the smallest viewership number for the event since 2008. This was after viewership for 2017’s Super Bowl LI had dipped to 103 million from just over 111 million the year prior. The publisher landed Mastercard as a global sponsor last September, and Riot’s Chinese “League of Legends” league signed a


Visitors cheer for international teams during the tournament of the computer game ‘League of Legends’ on May 8, 2014 in Paris. For comparison, last year’s Super Bowl had just over 98 million viewers, the smallest viewership number for the event since 2008. This was after viewership for 2017’s Super Bowl LI had dipped to 103 million from just over 111 million the year prior. The publisher landed Mastercard as a global sponsor last September, and Riot’s Chinese “League of Legends” league signed a
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This esports giant draws in more viewers than the Super Bowl, and it's expected to get even bigger

Visitors cheer for international teams during the tournament of the computer game ‘League of Legends’ on May 8, 2014 in Paris.

Over 10,000 “League of Legends” fans descended upon St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for one of the biggest annual esports events in North America: The North American League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split Finals.

Though still a far cry from the stadium attendance numbers hit by many traditional sports leagues, online viewership for the NALCS finals brought in a total of 600,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch and YouTube combined during the final game, which saw esports team Team Liquid take home the title after over four hours of competitive play.

Go back to November, and viewership numbers from the “League of Legends” World Championship finals — held in South Korea and also hosted by the game’s publisher, Riot Games — showed that almost 100 million unique viewers tuned in to the event online. For comparison, last year’s Super Bowl had just over 98 million viewers, the smallest viewership number for the event since 2008. This was after viewership for 2017’s Super Bowl LI had dipped to 103 million from just over 111 million the year prior.

Tickets for that “League of Legends” world final sold out in less than four hours upon their release, prompting Riot to release an additional 3,000 tickets on top of an initial batch of 23,000. The world finals in 2017, held in Beijing’s Olympic “Bird’s Nest” stadium, sold out to a crowd of 40,000, the total number of seats made available for the game that day.

While esports have long been popular in many Asian countries, the space has grown worldwide over the past few years, including in North America. “League of Legends” is just one game driving the esports industry, which will top $1 billion in revenue this year, according to research from Newzoo.

Over a third of that revenue will be generated out of the North American market as many publishers and esports companies re-organize and re-invent their league operations, Newzoo projects.

Beginning in 2018, Riot implemented a franchise-based structure for their North American league, led by the company’s head of esports in North America Chris Hopper, with a buy-in fee of $10 million.

“I think a lot of last year was spent figuring out how franchising would work, what decisions required consultation with what groups [and how] would things like revenue sharing work when put into practice,” Hopper told CNBC in an email. “Now that we have had a full season under our belt, and have solved a lot of those small pain points, we have a greater ability to look to the future.”

Over a third of that $1 billion industry revenue stream will come from sponsorship deals, which have also been a big driver for Riot’s “League of Legends” franchise. The publisher landed Mastercard as a global sponsor last September, and Riot’s Chinese “League of Legends” league signed a partnership deal with Nike in February.

“There is certainly a lot of interest around nearly every esports property right now, and we are doing a lot of work to understand which opportunities make the most sense for us and also our fans,” wrote Hopper. “We want to make sure that any brand partnership is one that we are not only proud to bring to our audience, but is one that can provide value directly to those fans themselves.”

Hopper emphasizes, however, that the league is looking beyond sponsorship and partnership deals to expand the “League of Legends” ecosystem. The esports chief revealed that not only is Riot near to closing a deal with another title sponsor for the summer North American finals, but that “a variety of digital opportunities” were coming down the line to enhance the viewing and fan engagement experience.

And at a time where more companies, teams and colleges are establishing a smoother “path to pro” for current amateurs, Hopper mentioned that the league is also seeking to invest more in potential esports athletes.

“We’re thinking through ways to build out our competitive pipeline beyond just the [League Championship Series],” he said. “As a kid growing up, I had countless leagues and clubs to play soccer or basketball or baseball, and we think that our work in building out the collegiate competitions and scholarship offers, as well as our partnership with PlayVS to make League of Legends an official high school varsity sport, will pay great dividends in the future.”


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Netflix bids adieu to The Punisher, Jessica Jones and licensing superhero projects from Marvel

Netflix cancelled two superhero series — The Punisher and Jessica Jones — signaling the end of a five-year licensing partnership with Disney-owned Marvel on Monday. Disney plans to debut its own streaming media service, Disney+, later in 2019 to better compete with Netflix and Amazon. Netflix issued this statement on the cancellations:”Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Licensing arrangements like the one Netflix had with Marvel can prove costly for any streamin


Netflix cancelled two superhero series — The Punisher and Jessica Jones — signaling the end of a five-year licensing partnership with Disney-owned Marvel on Monday. Disney plans to debut its own streaming media service, Disney+, later in 2019 to better compete with Netflix and Amazon. Netflix issued this statement on the cancellations:”Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Licensing arrangements like the one Netflix had with Marvel can prove costly for any streamin
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Netflix bids adieu to The Punisher, Jessica Jones and licensing superhero projects from Marvel

Netflix cancelled two superhero series — The Punisher and Jessica Jones — signaling the end of a five-year licensing partnership with Disney-owned Marvel on Monday.

Disney plans to debut its own streaming media service, Disney+, later in 2019 to better compete with Netflix and Amazon.

Netflix issued this statement on the cancellations:

“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”

The on-demand pioneer is not moving away from superhero content, however. Netflix launched a new series, The Umbrella Academy, on Friday billed as a show about “estranged siblings with extraordinary powers.” Created by Steve Blackman, the show stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and David Castañeda.

In August 2017, Netflix also acquired comic book company Millarworld to develop other superhero films and series. Two of Millarworld’s best-known comics, “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman,” were not part of that deal. But co-founders Mark and Lucy Millar joined Netflix, and are developing new series including their first one there, Jupiter’s Legacy.

Today, Netflix boasts 139 million global subscribers. It recently raised its prices by 13 percent to 18 percent. Decisions on renewals and cancellations at Netflix generally take into account viewership versus costs. Licensing arrangements like the one Netflix had with Marvel can prove costly for any streaming media platform.

So far, licensed content has reigned on Netflix compared to the viewership attracted to the company’s original shows, Variety reported. For example, Disney content previously comprised eight to twelve percent of Netflix viewership, from January 2017 through the end of October 2018, according to research by 7Park Data, a company that tracks on-demand video consumption on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Warner Media, which is owned by AT&T, also intends to launch its own streaming media service by the end of this year. The company hasn’t said which properties will be included in its service, but it owns the movie studio Warner Bros. and franchises like “Batman,” “Harry Potter,” as well as shows on networks including CNN, TNT and TBS.

— CNBC’s Sara Salinas and Alex Sherman contributed to this report.


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Netflix cancelled two superhero series — The Punisher and Jessica Jones — signaling the end of a five-year licensing partnership with Disney-owned Marvel on Monday. Disney plans to debut its own streaming media service, Disney+, later in 2019 to better compete with Netflix and Amazon. Netflix issued this statement on the cancellations:”Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Licensing arrangements like the one Netflix had with Marvel can prove costly for any streamin
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Netflix bids adieu to The Punisher, Jessica Jones and licensing superhero projects from Marvel

Netflix cancelled two superhero series — The Punisher and Jessica Jones — signaling the end of a five-year licensing partnership with Disney-owned Marvel on Monday.

Disney plans to debut its own streaming media service, Disney+, later in 2019 to better compete with Netflix and Amazon.

Netflix issued this statement on the cancellations:

“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”

The on-demand pioneer is not moving away from superhero content, however. Netflix launched a new series, The Umbrella Academy, on Friday billed as a show about “estranged siblings with extraordinary powers.” Created by Steve Blackman, the show stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and David Castañeda.

In August 2017, Netflix also acquired comic book company Millarworld to develop other superhero films and series. Two of Millarworld’s best-known comics, “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman,” were not part of that deal. But co-founders Mark and Lucy Millar joined Netflix, and are developing new series including their first one there, Jupiter’s Legacy.

Today, Netflix boasts 139 million global subscribers. It recently raised its prices by 13 percent to 18 percent. Decisions on renewals and cancellations at Netflix generally take into account viewership versus costs. Licensing arrangements like the one Netflix had with Marvel can prove costly for any streaming media platform.

So far, licensed content has reigned on Netflix compared to the viewership attracted to the company’s original shows, Variety reported. For example, Disney content previously comprised eight to twelve percent of Netflix viewership, from January 2017 through the end of October 2018, according to research by 7Park Data, a company that tracks on-demand video consumption on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Warner Media, which is owned by AT&T, also intends to launch its own streaming media service by the end of this year. The company hasn’t said which properties will be included in its service, but it owns the movie studio Warner Bros. and franchises like “Batman,” “Harry Potter,” as well as shows on networks including CNN, TNT and TBS.

— CNBC’s Sara Salinas and Alex Sherman contributed to this report.


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Netflix: 45 million accounts watched ‘Bird Box’ in film’s first week

Netflix said Friday its latest original film, “Bird Box,” has been viewed by more than 45 million accounts — or almost a third of its global subscriber base — in just the first week. It’s the strongest opening week for a Netflix original film to date, the company said in a tweet, and a good sign for Netflix’s high-priced efforts in original shows and movies. The number of individual viewers who’ve watched “Bird Box” could easily be higher than 45 million, with multiple profiles per account and t


Netflix said Friday its latest original film, “Bird Box,” has been viewed by more than 45 million accounts — or almost a third of its global subscriber base — in just the first week. It’s the strongest opening week for a Netflix original film to date, the company said in a tweet, and a good sign for Netflix’s high-priced efforts in original shows and movies. The number of individual viewers who’ve watched “Bird Box” could easily be higher than 45 million, with multiple profiles per account and t
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Netflix: 45 million accounts watched 'Bird Box' in film's first week

Netflix said Friday its latest original film, “Bird Box,” has been viewed by more than 45 million accounts — or almost a third of its global subscriber base — in just the first week.

It’s the strongest opening week for a Netflix original film to date, the company said in a tweet, and a good sign for Netflix’s high-priced efforts in original shows and movies. The company has been reported to have spent as much as $13 billion a year on programming.

The sci-fi thriller stars Sandra Bullock, whose character has survived a mysterious apocalypse with her two children. They journey to seek a new beginning, blindfolded, to avoid the same fate as most of the population.

The number of individual viewers who’ve watched “Bird Box” could easily be higher than 45 million, with multiple profiles per account and the high prevalence of account sharing.

Netflix has traditionally been tight-lipped about viewership stats, but the numbers for “Bird Box” in its first week put the film in the same neighborhood as the lifetime theater ticket sales of some “Harry Potter” movies, “The Fugitive” and “Frozen,” according to data from IMDb.

Of course, there’s a lower barrier to viewership when the film is available as part of a subscription and on a viewer’s laptop screen. But even in terms of Netflix’s base, “Bird Box” has carved out an impressive audience.

For the third quarter of 2018, the company reported 58 million domestic subscribers and 79 million other subscribers internationally.

WATCH: Netflix shares are up 2,400 percent and the rest of the media industry is struggling — here’s why


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-28  Authors: sara salinas, sylvain lefevre, getty images, cnbc, jeniece pettitt
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Actor Edward Norton is trying to change how the TV industry measures viewership

During Edward Norton’s long acting career, the Golden Globe Award winner has enjoyed a side gig backing tech start-ups like Uber, data analytics firm Kenso and crowdfunding site CrowdRise. It doesn’t take long in start-up land to learn that data science and analytics are being applied to every industry, and quickly. Media companies can use that data to fund shows and films that have a greater chance of financial success. “We felt like EDO could bring the kind of rigorous data-driven and actionab


During Edward Norton’s long acting career, the Golden Globe Award winner has enjoyed a side gig backing tech start-ups like Uber, data analytics firm Kenso and crowdfunding site CrowdRise. It doesn’t take long in start-up land to learn that data science and analytics are being applied to every industry, and quickly. Media companies can use that data to fund shows and films that have a greater chance of financial success. “We felt like EDO could bring the kind of rigorous data-driven and actionab
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Actor Edward Norton is trying to change how the TV industry measures viewership

During Edward Norton’s long acting career, the Golden Globe Award winner has enjoyed a side gig backing tech start-ups like Uber, data analytics firm Kenso and crowdfunding site CrowdRise. He started way back in 2000 as founding investor of wastewater treatment company Baswood.

It doesn’t take long in start-up land to learn that data science and analytics are being applied to every industry, and quickly. Norton is now working to bring some of that power to his own business.

For his latest endeavor, Norton has teamed with poet Daniel Nadler and one of Facebook’s first investors on a project designed to measure in real time the effectiveness of TV ads. The company is called EDO, which stands for Entertainment Data Oracle, and its technology is already being used by ESPN, Turner, CNBC owner NBCUniversal and Paramount, providing insights into which ads viewers like or what parts of movies audiences love.

Media companies can use that data to fund shows and films that have a greater chance of financial success.

“I saw firsthand in my work in making, marketing and distributing movies that TV advertising was a huge part of marketing budgets, yet the only measurement of whether that was effective was a very simplistic measure of exposure that’s not even very reliable in today’s world,” Norton said in an interview. “We felt like EDO could bring the kind of rigorous data-driven and actionable analytics that digital advertising has had for years to the huge budgets on TV. If we did that, we felt like we’d be able to help the efficiency of the entire media ecosystem for creators and consumers.”

EDO raised $12 million last month in a round led by Breyer Capital, whose founder, Jim Breyer, made a fortune from an early bet on Facebook.


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Higher-than-expected viewership of ‘The Match’ between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson forces refunds, WSJ reports

Viewer interest in “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson far surpassed AT&T’s expectations, according to The Wall Street Journal. The $19.99 pay-per-view subscription fee was dropped due to technical glitches from the high volume of viewers. AT&T and other major pay-TV providers including Comcast, Dish and Charter Communications said they would refund or credit customers who paid to watch Friday’s golf showdown. Initial estimates for viewers of “The Match” were only as high as 150,0


Viewer interest in “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson far surpassed AT&T’s expectations, according to The Wall Street Journal. The $19.99 pay-per-view subscription fee was dropped due to technical glitches from the high volume of viewers. AT&T and other major pay-TV providers including Comcast, Dish and Charter Communications said they would refund or credit customers who paid to watch Friday’s golf showdown. Initial estimates for viewers of “The Match” were only as high as 150,0
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Higher-than-expected viewership of 'The Match' between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson forces refunds, WSJ reports

Viewer interest in “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson far surpassed AT&T’s expectations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The $19.99 pay-per-view subscription fee was dropped due to technical glitches from the high volume of viewers. AT&T and other major pay-TV providers including Comcast, Dish and Charter Communications said they would refund or credit customers who paid to watch Friday’s golf showdown.

AT&T was entitled to have the subscription revenue generated by other pay-TV providers, but the company will not seek out the fees, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.

Initial estimates for viewers of “The Match” were only as high as 150,000, an official told the Journal. But about 750,000 people alone watched the contest just on the video service B/R live, part of the Bleacher Report’s digital platform. The total number of sign-ups and views, including those from other pay-TV providers, has not yet been released.

AT&T’s Turner Media President David Levy said B/R never had a problem streaming video, but its system to collect payment information did not have the capacity to collect so much credit card information, blocking people from purchasing the event, the Journal reported.

Despite the refunds, Levy told the Journal the event was successful, and bodes well for the future of pay-per-view, noting that every advertiser involved in “The Match” wants to come back.

Read the full Journal report here.

Disclosure: Comcast is parent of NBCUniversal and CNBC.


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