Two Apple TV+ shows beat anything on Netflix and Disney+ in Q1 2022

Apple manages to stand out in the streaming market in the first quarter of 2022.
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More streaming viewers watched the drama CODA on Apple TV+ than any other movie or series in the first three months of 2022, according to a ratings tracker. And the thriller Breakup on Apple’s streaming service was in third place.

That means Apple TV+ had two shows with more viewers than anything on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or Disney+.

Apple TV+ leads the charts in the first quarter of 2022

Apple’s streaming service is a relative newcomer to Netflix and Hulu. But it managed to make a splash, attracting viewers to some of its shows in droves, beating out more established competitors.

Movie and TV search engine Reelgood ranked the 50 most-watched shows and movies during the period from January to March, and Apple did very well.


The film CODA sits at No. 1 in Reelgood’s ranking. It surely helps that the film recently won the Best Picture Oscar, making Apple TV+ the first streaming service to take home the award.

CODA tells the story of a high school girl who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. She’s torn between keeping this family together as a performer or going to music school to pursue her own dreams.


Breakup came in at number three in Reelgood’s quarterly rankings. The spooky series, which recently ended its first season on a high note, has been ranking almost every week since its debut, showing enduring popularity.

It centers on a small group of workers from the terrifyingly evil Lumon Industries. The employees agreed to a “separation” procedure that surgically divides their memories between their professional life and their personal life. What could go wrong when they find out what type of company they work for?

A small but growing player in streaming

While some Apple TV+ shows top the charts, the overall service still has a long way to go before it can compete with more popular rivals.

Apple’s service held 5% of the US streaming market in the first quarter of 2022, according to an industry analyst firm just look. This is well below Netflix (23%) or Amazon Prime Video (19%).

However, Apple TV+ saw a slight increase in the first quarter of 2022. It held 4% of the streaming market in 2021.

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Apple TV+’s share of the US streaming market increased in the first quarter of 2022.
Chart: JustWatch

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