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Comcast: ‘Downton Abbey’ Top VOD TV Series in 2013

20 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Xfinity On Demand Awards aim to steal the spotlight away from SVOD by touting top movies and TV shows subscribers watched and bought on demand via Comcast’s broadband service

Comcast Dec. 20 released its annual Xfinity On Demand Awards list outlining the top movies and TV shows subscribers accessed on demand through its broadband Xfinity TV service.

Comcast tabulated its findings based on more than 400 million monthly views via Xfinity On Demand, according to Steve Meyer, executive director of video strategy and analysis for Comcast Cable.

“We crossed the 30 billionth view milestone and shattered our monthly viewership records twice — in March with our first-ever Watchathon and then again in November on the heels of our Fall TV Fest,” Meyer wrote in a blog post. “[This year] also saw the most-views-ever on Xfinity On Demand in the first three days after broadcast — NBC’s The Sound of Music.”

It should be noted that Comcast owns NBC Universal and Universal Studios.

According to tabulations, Universal Studios’ Despicable Me 2 was the most-purchased digital movie of the year — despite its Dec. 3 release. That was followed by Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s The Hunger Games, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s The Wolverine and Reds 2 (Lionsgate).

“Even though we only launched [Comcast’s electronic sellthrough] service on Nov. 19, we've already seen some encouraging signs related to adoption of the feature,” Matt Strauss, SVP and GM of video services for Comcast Cable, wrote in a blog post.

Most-viewed new release movies (for rent) included Identity Thief (Universal) followed by Flight (Paramount Home Media Distribution), Argo (Warner Home Video), Django Unchained (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment) and Taken 2 (Fox).

The most-viewed kids movie was Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Wreck-it Ralph, followed Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), Despicable Me 2 (Universal), Here Comes the Boom (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) and The Croods (DreamWorks Animation).

Most-viewed indie movie: 6 Souls (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment), followed by An Awkward Sexual Adventure (New Video Group), Erased (Anchor Bay), The ABCs of Death (Magnolia Home Entertainment) and The Haunting in Connecticut 2: The Ghosts of Georgia (Lionsgate).

According to Comcast, repurposed episodes of PBS’s “Downton Abbey” was the most-watched TV series on demand in 2013 among subscribers, followed by NBC Universal’s “The Blacklist,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “Sleepy Hollow” and AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead.”

Top new series watched on demand on Comcast in 2013 included “The Blacklist,” “Sleepy Hollow,” CBS’s “Under the Dome," AMC Networks’ “Bates Motel” and History's “The Bible.”

Most-viewed kids TV series included Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” followed by PBS’s “Calliou,” PAW Patrol (Nick Jr.), “Dora the Explorer” and “Team Umizoomi” (Nickelodeon).

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