Another year has come to an end, and the time is now to look back at all the TV shows that were hits in 2017. Amazon has emerged as a prime streaming destination, and although it doesn't come close to rivaling Netflix in terms of sheer quantity of series, it has built a solid lineup of streaming options. Now, Amazon has figured out which series were most popular on its site in 2017, and some of the results may surprise you. Interestingly enough, not all of the big winners were Amazon Originals. Let's start with the most-streamed series from last year:
Well, it seems that people in the United States and all over the world can't get enough of The Man In the High Castle! Both seasons made the top five list of streamed videos in each of the two markets. Seasons 1 and 2 respectively hold the same rank in the U.S. as on the international market. In fact, the U.S. and global rankings are almost entirely the same. The bottom three are exactly the same, and the top two are only ranked slightly differently, with Sneaky Pete topping The Grand Tour in the U.S. and The Grand Tour edging out Sneaky Pete globally.
The shows that were most downloaded as opposed to most streamed are somewhat different in both markets:
Folks in the U.S. and all over the world have downloading habits that put the same five shows on top for 2017. The hit children's series Bubble Guppies topped both lists, perhaps because parents' need to occasionally occupy and/or placate kids is an international constant. Mr. Robot is an original USA show that clearly does well on Amazon. The Man in the High Castle makes another appearance -- although only Season 1 this time -- as well as Amazon original The Grand Tour. Another kids' show is on the bottom of both lists, as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is apparently must-see for some folks all over the world.
Not all consumers are looking to stream or download, however. Take a look at the top series that were purchased or rented globally in 2017:
Amazon Originals don't need to be purchased or rented for Amazon Prime subscribers, so it's no surprise that the biggest shows for that list are produced elsewhere. Game of Thrones is on top (as well as the list of most-pirated shows of 2017) thanks to its big Season 7 return after a long hiatus, and the latest two seasons of The Walking Dead have had plenty of folks hooked. As one of the most popular broadcast TV shows in recent years, it's interesting to see that This Is Us has performed well on Amazon. The kids have another show on a most popular list, with PAW Patrol landing a spot.
For more options to stream, download, purchase, and/or rent, check out Amazon (opens in new tab) for yourself. If you're not up on when you can stream in the new year, take a look at our 2018 Amazon Prime schedule and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule. Our midseason TV premiere guide can point you toward what else you can watch in the coming weeks as well.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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