Suits and Bluey set records as most streamed shows of 2023 in the US

  • By Emma Sanders
  • Entertainment reporter

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The Duchess of Sussex – then Meghan Markle – left Suits in 2018

Suits, starring the future Duchess of Sussex, has hit a new US streaming record again in 2023.

This surpassed The Office's previous record of 57.1 billion minutes, set in 2020.

Kids' show Bluey was the second most-watched show on Disney+ last year with 43.9 billion minutes.

It was followed by NCIS and a string of old shows including Grey's Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls and Friends, perhaps indicating a thirst for nostalgia.

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Bluey flew over New York in November as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the shape of a giant balloon.

Suits originally aired on the cable channel USA Network, but saw a big surge in viewership after being added to Netflix last summer.

„Suits hits a sweet spot,” wrote Eliana Doctorman. „The plans are goofy, but never dumb. The dialogue may make you roll your eyes, but it's often clever enough.

„You can look at your computer to answer an email 40 minutes apart, look back up, and you haven't missed anything particularly significant. Something more dramatic and entertaining is happening.”

He added: „A little comedy, a little drama, a little mystery, a little heartbreak, a little joy, but not too much of any one thing.”

Being in the cast of royalty also helped, she said.

„She may not have been the duchess when Suits was filmed, but her fame and popularity may be a factor in some people clicking play when they see her photo above the show's logo.”

Suits had more content (83 hours total) than The Office (73 hours), so it had an advantage in terms of viewing time.

The year-end top 10 list contained no original shows from streamers, all from other networks.

Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso is the top original, with 16.9 billion minutes watched. The Netflix show The Night Agent was second with 14.4 billion.

Moana from Disney+ was the most streamed film with 11.6 billion viewer minutes. The chart was dominated by children's films, with Encanto, Super Mario Bros. Movie, Elemental, Minions: The Rise of Crew, Sing 2 and Frozen all making the top 10.

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