Peacock Joins the Streaming Wars Fray While Hulu and Amazon Gain Ground on Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+

Ranker, known as the world’s leading publisher for fan-powered rankings on just about everything with over one billion votes, just announced the Top Streaming Networks and TV Shows for the month of January 2021 according to users of the TV recommendation app Watchworthy.

Top lists for 2021 were created using data from Watchworthy, a free app that offers personalized TV recommendations and allows users to build their own watchlist from TV networks and over 200 streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and many more. In just 30 seconds, Watchworthy gets to know users’ specific tastes in TV and recommends new shows they’re statistically more likely to love.

By relying on the Watchworthy algorithm, which itself relies on the “Likes” and “Dislikes” of Ranker and Watchworthy users, “Worthy” scores give a sense of not just what’s popular, but what’s trending in TV today. The data from aggregated Worthy scores therefore tell which shows are most rapidly gro

Here’s what the data showed:


Over the month of January, Watchworthy tracked each time a show received a Worthy score of 80% or higher, then organized all those shows according to Networks. The resulting analysis allowed us to determine which network’s content is being recommended to the most users.

#1: Netflix Remains Strong

  • Netflix has been able to limit any January losses to competition with strong Watchworthy recommendations for shows like The Umbrella Academy and Sex Education, suggesting that these already popular titles are steadily growing their audiences.

#2: Hulu Gains Ground

  • After falling behind HBO Max in December, Hulu has regained its 2nd place status behind #1 Netflix. However, Hulu’s biggest winners aren’t original shows, but acquisitions like Family Guy and The Good Doctor, which were among the most frequently recommended shows on Hulu in January.

#3: Amazon Catches Up

  • Still largely relying on the strength of The Boys, the service got some help from Jack Ryan, which saw a resurgence in recommendations in January, as well as one of Jeff Bezos’ favorite sci-fi originals, The Expanse.

#4: HBO Max Moves From Third to Fourth Place

  • The newcomer wasn’t able to keep up December’s major momentum. Part of the drop-off can be explained by Euphoria, which fell from the #2 most Watchworthy show to #5. But there’s good reason to expect that trend will reverse given that two new one-hour specials of the hit TV series were just recently released, including a cadence of upcoming theatrical releases. 

#5: Peacock Enters the Fray

  • At the start of the year, NBC’s streaming platform acquired The Office, one of Netflix’s most frequently binged properties. That, in addition to Parks and Rec and The Good Place, has been enough to put Peacock on the board, even surpassing Disney+ in January.

#6: Disney+ Supported by Strongest Shows

  • Despite having the most Watchworthy series of the month, Disney+ is in 6th place. High-scoring “Worthy” shows like The Mandalorian and The Simpsons have kept them on the board. It’s also possible that the highly anticipated WandaVision will strengthen their position in the coming months.


Below is a list of the Top 20 TV shows and streaming platforms given the highest Worthy scores to Watchworthy users throughout the month of January 2021:

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  1. The Mandalorian — Disney+
  2. The Umbrella Academy — Netflix
  3. The Boys — Amazon Prime Video
  4. Sex Education — Netflix
  5. Euphoria — HBO Max
  6. South Park — HBO Max
  7. Rick and Morty — Hulu/HBO Max
  8. Stranger Things — Netflix
  9. Grey’s Anatomy — Netflix
  10.  Family Guy — Hulu
  11.  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina — Netflix
  12.  The Good Doctor — Hulu
  13.  The Good Place — Peacock/Netflix
  14.  The Witcher — Netflix
  15.  The Vampire Diaries — Netflix
  16.  Mindhunter — Netflix
  17.  Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist — Peacock/Hulu
  18.  Dead to Me — Netflix
  19.  The Expanse — Amazon Prime Video
  20.  Unsolved Mysteries — Netflix

Watchworthy is the only statistically relevant, crowd-sourced TV recommendation app available to consumers which uses algorithms from a unique panel of one million high-intent TV fans voting on over 13,000 TV shows on Ranker.