The Most Watched TV Shows Of 2020

There’s a certain comfort to be found in rewatching a beloved series. Something about the familiarity and time-honoured moments – oftentimes comedic – is a sure-fire way to secure a bit of serotonin when you’re feeling low, almost neurologically comparable to seeing an old mate. Which is probably why a good majority of the most watched and rewatched TV shows in the modern era just so happen to be ensemble affairs centred around that very concept: a tight-knit group of people, be it social, professional, or both.

According to data collated by BroadbandDeals, approximately 22% of people have rewatched their favourite TV shows more than 10 times. And interestingly enough, 11 of the top 15 list entrants are currently available to stream via Australian Netflix (with 3 of the remaining 4 having once been in the ANZ Netflix catalogue). Certainly not a coincidence, if you ask me.

While The Office (US) only came in at #3 for the most rewatched list, the Nielsen figures revealed to be the most watched – or rather, streamed – TV show in 2020 “by far”, racking up 57.1 billion minutes across the American population alone. Following up the ranks, we have Grey’s Anatomy at 39.4 billion minutes, then Criminal Minds at 35.4 billion minutes. People seem to love formulas.

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Top 10 Most Watched TV Shows List (2020) [Acquired Series]

  1. The Office (US)
    Minutes streamed: 57.127 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.9

  2. Grey’s Anatomy
    Minutes streamed: 39.405 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.6

  3. Criminal Minds
    Minutes streamed: 35.414 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.1

  4. NCIS
    Minutes streamed: 28.134 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.7

  5. Schitt’s Creek
    Minutes streamed: 23.785 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.5

  6. Supernatural
    Minutes streamed: 20.336 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.4

  7. Shameless
    Minutes streamed: 18.218 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.6

  8. New Girl
    Minutes streamed: 14.545 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.7

  9. The Blacklist
    Minutes streamed: 14.480 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.0

  10. Vampire Diaries
    Minutes streamed: 14.091 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.7

Top 10 Most Watched TV Shows List (2020) [Original Series]

  1. Ozark
    Minutes streamed: 39.462 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.4

  2. Lucifer
    Minutes streamed: 18.975 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.1

  3. The Crown
    Minutes streamed: 16.275 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.7

  4. Tiger King
    Minutes streamed: 15.611 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.6

  5. The Mandalorian
    Minutes streamed: 14.519 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.8

  6. The Umbrella Academy
    Minutes streamed: 13.470 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.0

  7. The Great British Baking Show
    Minutes streamed: 13.279 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.6

  8. Boss Baby: Back In Business
    Minutes streamed: 12.625 billion
    IMDb rating: 6.4

  9. Longmire
    Minutes streamed: 11.382 billion
    IMDb rating: 8.3

  10. You
    Minutes streamed: 10.965 billion
    IMDb rating: 7.7

Top 15 Most Rewatched TV Shows List (2020)

  1. Friends
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 63%
    IMDb rating: 8.9

  2. Peep Show
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 59%
    IMDb rating: 8.6

  3. The Office (US)
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 55%
    IMDb rating: 8.9

  4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 53%
    IMDb rating: 8.4

  5. RuPaul’s Drag Race
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 51%
    IMDb rating: 8.5

  6. The Office (UK)
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 49%
    IMDb rating: 8.5

  7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 48%
    IMDb rating: 8.8

  8. Sex Education
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 48%
    IMDb rating: 8.3

  9. Gilmore Girls
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 45%
    IMDb rating: 8.1

  10. American Horror Story
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 44%
    IMDb rating: 8.0

  11. New Girl
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 42%
    IMDb rating: 7.7

  12. Big Bang Theory
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 40%
    IMDb rating: 8.1

  13. Keeping Up With The Kardashians
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 39%
    IMDb rating: 2.8

  14. Rick & Morty
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 38%
    IMDb rating: 9.2

  15. How I Met Your Mother
    Percentage of fans who rewatched the series more than once: 38%
    IMDb rating: 8.3