Family Matters And Other TGIF Shows Are Being Binge-Watched Like Crazy On Hulu

Family Matters
(Image credit: Warner Bros/Everett)
(Image credit: Warner Bros/Everett)

Hulu is actually revealing some viewing statistics with the public, and they will give you all the nostalgic feels. As it turns out ABC's TGIF line-up is popular, very popular. With the complete run of the beloved sitcoms Family Matters, Full House, and Boy Meets World available, subscribers have not been holding back on clicking "next episode." Per Hulu's viewing statistics, fans of Family Matters wasted no time watching their way through the entire series.

Of the Hulu subscribers who have watched Family Matters from beginning to end, it took the average viewer a month to binge-watch the series in its entirety. That's a nine season and 215 episode binge (per IMDB). Meaning they watched more than two seasons per week to achieve the feat. Hulu shared the viewing figures at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas with IndieWire.

Let's put those Family Matters' binge-watching figures into episode context. In a 30-day month, they would have had to average seven episodes a day. With each episode 24-and-a-half minutes in length, that means watching nearly 3 hours of Family Matters. According to Hulu, the average Family Matters viewer is 34-years-old. So they were around 13-years-old when the show ended on ABC in 1997. That's a tender age to lose the comfort of watching the Winslows and Steve Urkel.

Those are not the only statistics Hulu revealed. Of those who have watched Full House in its entirety, they also did so within in a month. That feat was easier to achieve considering it comprised 193 episodes (per IMDB) compared to Family Matters' 215, which means Full House viewers had 22 episodes less too watch. In a related stat, Boy Meets World's entire run, which includes 120 episodes, has been watched by 60,000 Hulu subscribers.

The age of Boy Meets World's average viewer skewed a little younger than Family Matters' at 32-years-old. Now adults, their parents cannot remove the remote, telling them they are spending too much time watching television. And those former 90s kids are seizing the moment.

These numbers are indicative of why networks have been so eager to revive retired sitcoms. Fans old and new are watching the originals, so there's clearly an audience for new episodes. Networks want to funnel viewers' excitement into new programming, and what would be better than catching up with your favorite characters today? If you have been invested enough to marathon watch 215 episodes in a month, you are obviously deeply invested enough in the characters, and would love to see them in new content.

If you are curious about shows that are streaming outside of Hulu, CinemaBlend has you covered with our 2018 Netflix premiere rundown as well as our guide to Amazon Prime's premiere schedule. For new upcoming and returning television shows, you can watch, check out CinemaBlend's guide to TV's summer premieres.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.