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This Week in TV News: ‘Bird Box’ and an IMDB Streaming Service

By Cadent Staff
01/11/19 < 1 minute READ

This week, we’re talking about Netflix’s latest thriller, a viral movie starring Sandra Bullock. We’re also talking about the Golden Globes because we’re in the thick of #awardseason and the newest streaming service offering (because you didn’t have enough options).

“Bird Box” gets big views. Twenty-six million people streamed the thriller in its first week, according to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings. Nielsen said that of Netflix’s original programming, the much-memed about movie comes in right behind Stranger Things Season 2 by less than one million viewers. Dec. 28 saw the most views, with an average minute audience of about 4 million U.S. viewers. (Hollywood Reporter)

Alexa, let’s binge ‘Scandal.’ Viewers who use Alexa to tune in to shows watch 50% more TV than those who don’t use the AI-enabled device, Hulu CMO Kelly Campbell said at CES. “I think there’s a lot more to unlock in the voice category,” Kelly continued. (Deadline)

The Golden Globes stay golden. The awards show on NBC brought in 18.6 million viewers, down 19.1 million from last year. Viewership among adults 18-49 increased 4%. The event, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, was the most-watched non-sports or news event on TV since the Oscars aired on ABC last March. (Vulture)

Another streaming service for you. IMDB now joins the lineup of streaming services available to consumers. The service is called Freedive, a free ad-supported platform that offers IMDb or Amazon users and Amazon Fire TV owners access to TV and movies. (The Verge)

See last week’s TV news.