Since the Disney+ launch in November, the pressing question is whether it would unseat the long-time streaming giant Netflix. Now that Disney+ has been around for some time now, there is enough data to see how well it is doing against Netflix.

Disney+ currently has over 28.6 million paying subscribers, which is well above predictions. However, the true test comes from whether or not those paying subscribers are watching their service more than Netflix. A study by Reelgood looks at the usage of both streaming giants, analyzing what subscribers are watching. Taking data from November 12, 2019 to to February 17,2020, Reelgood looked at the most-watched shows between both Disney+ and Netflix.

Most Watched Shows

Of the top-50 shows, Disney+ only secured two spots- #1 with The Mandalorian and #24 The Simpsons. The remaining 48 shows were all streamed via Netflix. This shows that while Disney+ was able to secure the overall most-watched show, Netflix still dominates when it comes to original series. Disney+ users are watching The Mandalorian and The Simpsons but not much else on the platform, instead choosing to watch series on Netflix instead.  The top-10 most watched shows include:

  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. The Good Place (Netflix)
  3. Sex Education (Netflix)
  4. Stranger Things (Netflix)
  5. The Witcher (Netflix)
  6. The Crown (Netflix)
  7. Shameless (Netflix)
  8. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)
  9. Peaky Blinders (Netflix)
  10. The End of the F***ing World (Netflix)

Most Watched Movies

When looking at the most popular movies across the two platforms, Netflix secured the top-5 positions. However, Disney+ did do slightly better in this category thanks to their Star Wars and Marvel franchises. In the top-10, Disney+ took #7 with Avengers: Endgame, #9 with The Avengers, and #10 with Star Wars: A New Hope. The top-10 most watched movies include:

  1. The Irishman (Netflix)
  2. Avengers: Infinity War (Netflix)
  3. Marriage Story (Netflix)
  4. The Matrix (Netflix)
  5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Netflix)
  6. 3 Idiots (Netflix)
  7. Avengers: Endgame (Disney+)
  8. Inception (Netflix)
  9. The Avengers (Disney+)
  10. Star Wares: A New Hope (Disney+)

Disney+ Continues to Play Catch Up

The Reelgood study shows that users that subscribe to both Disney+ and Netflix turn to Netflix more for their content consumption. Therefore, the true question is whether or not Disney will be able to sustain their current subscriber base and continue competing with Netflix.

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