Entertainment: ‘Thunder Force’ Debut Leads Nielsen Streaming Rankings; ‘Them’ Start Scares Up Top 10 Finish

Review: 'Thunder Force' is forced and lacking any thunder

  Review: 'Thunder Force' is forced and lacking any thunder Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it? McCarthy enlists — and immediately wastes — the services of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer for the superhero buddy comedy “Thunder Force,” a meandering nothingburger of a film. It's the fifth team-up between McCarthy and Falcone — they previously did “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Life of the Party” and “Superintelligence.” It's clear they've gotten progressively worse and McCarthy's welcome manic, anarchic energy is no longer disarming.

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Netflix’s original movie Thunder Force, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen’s U.S. streaming ratings chart for the week of April 5. Almost 1 billion minutes were streamed of the pic, pacing it well ahead of No. 2-ranked The Falcon and the Winter Soldier from Disney+, which dropped Episode 4 and grew by 100 million minutes week over week.

Also notable during the April 5-April 11 period was the debut of Amazon’s horror anthology Them, which dropped all 10 episodes on the streaming site at once (bucking Amazon’s usual trend) and finished No. 7 overall on Nielsen’s rankings. Its 439 million minutes viewed was good for No. 2 among streamers’ originals for the week, second only to Falcon and its 748M minutes. Pacing Them‘s surge were African American households, which accounted for nearly 60% of the views.

Nielsen, networks clash on stats showing fewer viewers

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Netflix said earlier this month that Thunder Force, a superhero comedy and the latest McCarthy-Ben Falcone team-up, was on pace to draw 52 million global views in its first 28 days. By comparison, Extraction leads Netflix’s all-time first-month list with 99 million views, while Murder Mystery (73 million) is the top comedy.

Still, Thunder Force was the best streaming start for an original movie since Coming 2 America boasted 1.4 billion minutes for its debut week March 1-7. That gave Amazon Prime its first No. 1 finish in the weekly rankings.

Montreal's Boucher, Dort deliver big performances as Raptors edge Thunder

  Montreal's Boucher, Dort deliver big performances as Raptors edge Thunder TAMPA, Fla. — Montreal's Chris Boucher had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors extended Oklahoma City's season-worst losing streak to 10 games, beating the Thunder 112-106 on Sunday night. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points for Toronto, which has won three straight. Malachi Flynn had 15 points and eight rebounds. Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 29 points, 21 of them coming in the first quarter of what shaped up as a duel of players with Montreal roots. New Raptors centre Khem Birch of Montreal also played, notching seven points and six rebounds. “It put some pep in my step a little bit. It definitely put some more energy into the game,” Boucher said.

Last week, Netflix’s The Irregulars edged Falcon and the Winter Soldier in the rankings, finishing No. 1 with its 643 million minutes. Despite that, the streamer canceled the series — about a gang of troubled street teens in Victorian London manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner Sherlock Holmes — earlier this week.

Below is Nielsen’s full top 10 for the week of April 5-11, which reflects viewing through a TV screen, meaning mobile is not counted.

Thunder Force (Netflix) – 1 episode, 950 million minutes of viewing

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+) – 4 eps, 748M minutes

NCIS (Netflix) – 353 eps, 701M minutes

Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)- 369 eps, 627M minutes

Criminal Minds (Netflix) – 301 eps, 567M minutes

Cocomelon (Netflix) – 7 eps, 475M minutes

Them (Amazon) – 10 eps, 439M minutes

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) – 80 eps, 430M minutes

The Serpent (Netflix) – 8 eps, 406M minutes

Heartland (Netflix) – 166 eps, 405M minutes

'The Mitchells vs The Machines' Tops All Streaming Titles for Early May .
"The Mitchells vs. The Machines," the animated family film from the team behind "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," topped Nielsen's weekly streaming list, besting not just other movies but all streaming content including legacy shows such as "NCIS" and "Grey's Anatomy." Families watched "The Mitchells" for 853 million minutes during the week of May 3-9, making it the first time an animated film took the top overall spot on Nielsen's list sinceFamilies watched "The Mitchells" for 853 million minutes during the week of May 3-9, making it the first time an animated film took the top overall spot on Nielsen's list since "Soul" topped it over Christmas. "Soul" was viewed for 1.

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