Now that we’re all stuck inside, streaming video has become more popular than ever. But what is everyone watching while they wait out the COVID-19 pandemic in front of a screen? Though there has been a huge focus on apocalyptic film in the media, it seems that most Americans prefer feel-good content right now.
ReelGood, a streaming hub service, has released behavioral data for its 4 million users to deliver some insight into America’s current streaming habits. By comparing the seven weeks before quarantine to the seven weeks during, it determined that people are watching more family-friendly movie and TV shows and less mature content overall.
Receiving the biggest boosts over this time are animation (21 percent) and family (16 percent), with musicals also seeing a 12 percent increase in viewership. Meanwhile, genres including crime and horror have fallen in viewership by 11 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Other mature genres, such as history, romance, and war, have also fallen.
As for the most popular genres, drama and action/adventure remain at the top. But while comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy have increased in popularity, thriller, mystery, crime, and horror have decreased.
Wondering which light TV shows people are watching specifically? ReelGood has the answers. At the top of the list is the ever-popular Rick and Morty, which may have gained an increase in streaming on Hulu now that Season 4 is airing. After that is Mae Martin’s Feel Good on Netflix, which debuted back in March and is still going strong.
After that is a collection of long-running comedy shows, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Schitt’s Creek, Community, The Good Place, The Office, The Simpsons, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Friends. While the data can’t tell us this, we’d guess many of us are returning to familiar shows we love during these uncertain times.