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What is the most popular streaming service: Prime, Netflix, Disney+ or Apple TV+?

We collected the average rating of every film and TV show available in the UK to find out what the top-rated streaming platform in 2021 is.

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Now more than ever, Brits are searching for ways to keep themselves entertained, and several streaming services have benefited from this hunt. But which streaming service meets all the needs of the modern viewer? From a vast amount of content to high ratings from critics and audiences alike, we’ve scraped Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb for over 16,000 titles to find the streaming service with the highest-rated library of content.

Quick overview

  • Despite having the most content available to its viewers (over 20,000 titles for 150 million global subscribers), Amazon Prime is the lowest-rated streaming service, with an average score of 78%.
  • Apple TV+ is the second lowest-rated streaming service at 78%, as a higher score from Rotten Tomatoes gives it a slight boost to third place.
  • Disney+ comes second on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, with an average of 81%.
  • Meanwhile, Netflix is the highest-rated platform on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 83%.
Streaming service Highest rated according to IMDb Highest rated according to Rotten Tomatoes Average ratings from both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes
1 Netflix 76% 89% 83%
2 Disney+ 75% 87% 81%
4 Apple TV+ 73% 83% 78%
3 Amazon Prime 74% 82% 78%

Netflix

Number of Netflix subscribers

204 million

Number of Netflix titles

5,943

Bridgerton illustration

January 2021 saw Netflix report a growth of almost 9 million subscribers between October and December, allowing it to garner up to 204 million subscribers worldwide. This number beat predictions of an average growth of 6 million subscriber additions in the final quarter of last year.

This jump in the streaming platform’s number of subscribers can be attributed to the range of popular titles released during the final months of 2020. October to December saw the fourth season of The Crown, which drew in a total of 29 million views. The Queen’s Gambit, also released in October, achieved 62 million views, and a staggering 82 million households burned over the Duke and Daphne in Shonda Rhimes’s period hit Bridgerton released on Christmas Day.

Estimates from Netflix numbers in November 2020 showed that by 2025, the streaming platform could have 274 million subscribers under its belt. But if the current rate of growth continues per quarter, Netflix could surpass that prediction in just over a year.

Quarter Global Netflix subscribers
Q1 2018 118,902,000
Q2 2018 124,354,000
Q3 2018 130,422,000
Q4 2018 139,259,000
Q1 2019 148,863,000
Q2 2019 151,562,000
Q3 2019 158,334,000
Q4 2019 167,090,000
Q1 2020 182,856,000
Q2 2020 192,947,000
Q4 2020 204,000,000

Netflix according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

IMDb scoring shows that just 84% of Netflix titles are rated above 70%, while the more lenient critics on Rotten Tomatoes rank 93% of Netflix titles above 70%. Even more impressive is that 36% of Netflix titles are ranked above 95% on Rotten Tomatoes too. Hard-hitting documentaries Strong Island and Lennox Hill make the top of Rotten Tomatoes’ list, with ratings of 100% each. IMDb extends its highest scores to Our Planet (93%), Rick and Morty (92%) and a host of foreign flicks and series, including the popular Japanese anime series Attack on Titan (89%).

Surprisingly, the more popular series, such as Bridgerton and The Queen’s Gambit, garnered different scores across both platforms. While Bridgerton scored 73% on IMDb, it scored 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Similarly, The Queen’s Gambit scored 97% on Rotten Tomatoes but only 86% on IMDb. In the table below, the combined rating for both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb are shown per title, and from a quick ranking, it’s clear that Breaking Bad takes the crown. The series scored 95% on IMDb and 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, bringing its combined average to 97% – the highest of all titles in our list of the top 100.

Netflix title Year Rotten Tomatoes rating IMDb rating Difference in ratings Average rating
Breaking Bad 2008 98% 95% 3% 97%
Lenox Hill 2020 100% 87% 13% 94%
Our Planet 2019 93% 93% 0% 93%
Rick and Morty 2013 94% 92% 2% 93%
When They See Us 2019 96% 89% 7% 93%
Mindhunter 2017 98% 86% 12% 92%
Master of None 2015 100% 83% 17% 92%
Call My Agent! 2016 100% 83% 17% 92%
The Queen's Gambit 2020 97% 86% 11% 92%
GoodFellas 1990 96% 87% 9% 92%
Unbelievable 2019 98% 84% 14% 91%
Dirty Money 2018 100% 81% 19% 91%
One Day at a Time 2017 99% 82% 17% 91%
Peaky Blinders 2013 93% 88% 5% 91%
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return 2017 100% 80% 20% 90%
13th 2016 97% 83% 14% 90%
Five Came Back 2017 97% 83% 14% 90%
Kingdom 2019 96% 84% 12% 90%
Wild Wild Country 2018 98% 82% 16% 90%
American Vandal 2017 98% 82% 16% 90%
BoJack Horseman 2014 93% 87% 6% 90%
Stranger Things 2016 93% 87% 6% 90%
Giri/Haji 2019 100% 79% 21% 90%
Big Mouth 2017 99% 80% 19% 90%
Lovesick 2015 98% 81% 17% 90%
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 97% 82% 15% 90%
Last Chance U 2016 94% 85% 9% 90%
The Haunting of Hill House 2018 93% 86% 7% 90%
Ugly Delicious 2018 100% 78% 22% 89%
Queer Eye 2018 93% 85% 8% 89%
Marvel's Daredevil 2015 92% 86% 6% 89%
Cobra Kai 2018 92% 86% 6% 89%
Cheer 2020 97% 81% 16% 89%
The Keepers 2017 97% 81% 16% 89%
Taxi Driver 1976 96% 82% 14% 89%
The Crown 2016 91% 87% 4% 89%
Alias Grace 2017 99% 78% 21% 89%
Pan's Labyrinth 2006 95% 82% 13% 89%
Bobby Kennedy for President 2018 95% 82% 13% 89%
Sex Education 2019 94% 83% 11% 89%
Julie and the Phantoms 2020 93% 84% 9% 89%
Narcos 2015 89% 88% 1% 89%
Blood of Zeus 2020 100% 76% 24% 88%
Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 97% 79% 18% 88%
Russian Doll 2019 97% 79% 18% 88%
Unorthodox 2020 96% 80% 16% 88%
The Departed 2006 91% 85% 6% 88%
Monty Python's Life of Brian 1979 95% 81% 14% 88%
Klaus 2019 94% 82% 12% 88%
Dick Johnson Is Dead 2020 100% 75% 25% 88%
Dash & Lily 2020 100% 75% 25% 88%
Feel Good 2020 100% 75% 25% 88%
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 2018 97% 78% 19% 88%
Never Have I Ever 2020 96% 79% 17% 88%
On My Block 2018 95% 80% 15% 88%
Castlevania 2017 93% 82% 11% 88%
The Last Kingdom 2015 91% 84% 7% 88%
Suits 2011-2019 90% 85% 5% 88%
The Midnight Gospel 2020 91% 83% 8% 87%
Shirkers 2018 100% 74% 26% 87%
The Confession Killer 2019 100% 74% 26% 87%
Immigration Nation: Miniseries 2020 100% 74% 26% 87%
The Baby-Sitters Club 2020 100% 74% 26% 87%
Rocks 2020 98% 76% 22% 87%
A Series of Unfortunate Events 2017 96% 78% 18% 87%
The Irishman 2019 95% 79% 16% 87%
Bodyguard 2018 93% 81% 12% 87%
The End of the F***ing World 2018 93% 81% 12% 87%
Crazyhead 2016 100% 73% 27% 87%
Lady Bird 2017 99% 74% 25% 87%
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé 2019 98% 75% 23% 87%
Lupin 2021 97% 76% 21% 87%
Elite 2018 97% 76% 21% 87%
The Social Network 2010 96% 77% 19% 87%
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson 2019 96% 77% 19% 87%
Marriage Story 2019 94% 79% 15% 87%
The Staircase 2005 94% 79% 15% 87%
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 2019 88% 85% 3% 87%
GLOW 2017 92% 80% 12% 86%
Narcos: Mexico 2018 88% 84% 4% 86%
Moonlight 2016 98% 74% 24% 86%
Tuca & Bertie 2019 98% 74% 24% 86%
I Lost My Body 2019 96% 76% 20% 86%
The Florida Project 2017 96% 76% 20% 86%
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2015 96% 76% 20% 86%
Roma 2018 95% 77% 18% 86%
The Kominsky Method 2018 90% 82% 8% 86%
Mudbound 2017 97% 74% 23% 86%
Lady Dynamite 2016 97% 74% 23% 86%
Love 2016 94% 77% 17% 86%
Orange Is the New Black 2013 90% 81% 9% 86%
Longmire 2012 88% 83% 5% 86%
Grace and Frankie 2015 88% 83% 5% 86%
Black Mirror 2011 83% 88% -5% 86%
The Little Prince 2016 93% 77% 16% 85%
Atypical 2017 87% 83% 4% 85%
Knock Down the House 2019 99% 71% 28% 85%
The Forty-Year-Old Version 2020 98% 72% 26% 85%
Dolemite Is My Name 2019 97% 73% 24% 85%
American Factory 2019 96% 74% 22% 85%
Burning (Beoning) 2018 95% 75% 20% 85%
Making a Murderer 2015 84% 86% -2% 85%
Circus of Books 2020 98% 71% 27% 85%
Fruitvale Station 2013 94% 75% 19% 85%
Beasts of No Nation 2015 92% 77% 15% 85%
Silver Linings Playbook 2012 92% 77% 15% 85%
Dead to Me 2019 89% 80% 9% 85%
Sense8 2015 86% 83% 3% 85%
Under The Shadow 2016 99% 69% 30% 84%
Criminal: UK 2019 92% 76% 16% 84%
The Fighter 2010 90% 78% 12% 84%
Challenger: The Final Flight 2020 89% 79% 10% 84%
Godless 2017 85% 83% 2% 84%
To All the Boys I've Loved Before 2018 96% 71% 25% 84%
The Death of Stalin 2018 95% 72% 23% 84%
The Devil Next Door 2019 91% 76% 15% 84%
You 2018 90% 77% 13% 84%
Santa Clarita Diet 2017 89% 78% 11% 84%
F Is for Family 2015 87% 80% 7% 84%
Lucifer 2016 86% 81% 5% 84%
Uncut Gems 2019 92% 74% 18% 83%
Carol 2015 94% 72% 22% 83%
Ozark 2017 81% 84% -3% 83%
His House 2020 100% 65% 35% 83%
Miss Americana 2020 91% 74% 17% 83%
The Gift 2015 91% 74% 17% 83%
The Disaster Artist 2017 91% 74% 17% 83%
Gentefied 2020 91% 74% 17% 83%
The Spy 2019 86% 79% 7% 83%
Strong Island 2017 100% 64% 36% 82%
Into the Inferno 2016 92% 72% 20% 82%
Fyre 2019 92% 72% 20% 82%
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie 2019 91% 73% 18% 82%
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 2016 87% 77% 10% 82%
The Get Down 2015 81% 83% -2% 82%
House of Cards 2013 77% 87% -10% 82%
Atlantics 2019 96% 67% 29% 82%
The White Tiger 2020 91% 72% 19% 82%
I Am Not Okay With This 2020 87% 76% 11% 82%
The OA 2016 84% 79% 5% 82%
Bridgerton 2020 89% 73% 16% 81%
The Haunting of Bly Manor 2020 88% 74% 14% 81%
Tiger King 2020 86% 76% 10% 81%
Marvel's Jessica Jones 2015 83% 79% 4% 81%
The Umbrella Academy 2019 82% 80% 2% 81%
Sacred Games 2018 76% 86% -10% 81%
Snowpiercer 2014 94% 68% 26% 81%
Arrested Development 2003 75% 87% -12% 81%
The Sapphires 2013 91% 70% 21% 81%
Maniac 2018 83% 78% 5% 81%
A Ghost Story 2017 91% 69% 22% 80%
Wormwood 2017 90% 70% 20% 80%
Marvel's Luke Cage 2016 87% 73% 14% 80%
Shadow 2019 94% 66% 28% 80%
Easy 2016 90% 69% 21% 80%
I Am Mother 2019 91% 67% 24% 79%
Ghoul 2018 87% 71% 16% 79%
Set It Up 2018 92% 65% 27% 79%
Da 5 Bloods 2020 92% 65% 27% 79%
Gerald's Game 2017 91% 66% 25% 79%
The Society 2019 86% 71% 15% 79%
The Stranger 2020 83% 74% 9% 79%
Mother 2020 100% 56% 44% 78%
Mindhorn 2016 92% 63% 29% 78%
Dating Around 2019 92% 63% 29% 78%
The Willoughbys 2020 91% 64% 27% 78%
The Circle: Season 1 2020 81% 74% 7% 78%
Seven Seconds 2018 78% 77% 1% 78%
1922 2017 91% 63% 28% 77%
Raising Dion 2019 82% 72% 10% 77%
Uncorked 2020 91% 62% 29% 77%
Living With Yourself 2019 81% 72% 9% 77%
Black Earth Rising 2018 79% 74% 5% 77%
CAM 2018 93% 59% 34% 76%
Medical Police 2020 92% 59% 33% 76%
Queen Sono 2020 91% 59% 32% 75%
Wet Hot American Summer 2015 84% 66% 18% 75%
Unsolved Mysteries 2020 77% 73% 4% 75%
High Score 2020 76% 74% 2% 75%
The Innocents 2018 86% 63% 23% 75%
The Witcher 2019 67% 82% -15% 75%
Marvel's The Punisher 2017 63% 85% -22% 74%
Wu Assassins 2019 83% 64% 19% 74%
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo 2019 81% 66% 15% 74%
Outer Banks 2020 71% 76% -5% 74%
Anne with an E 2017 60% 87% -27% 74%
Grand Army 2020 71% 75% -4% 73%
Dark Tourist 2018 70% 76% -6% 73%
Marco Polo 2014 66% 80% -14% 73%
Lilyhammer 2012 65% 80% -15% 73%
She's Gotta Have It 2017 77% 67% 10% 72%
Safe 2018 71% 73% -2% 72%
Marcella 2016 70% 74% -4% 72%
Bonding 2019 71% 72% -1% 72%
Bloodline 2015 62% 80% -18% 71%
Locke & Key 2019 66% 74% -8% 70%
The Eddy 2020 67% 72% -5% 70%
Disenchantment 2018 67% 72% -5% 70%
Wanderlust 2018 71% 67% 4% 69%
Dracula 2019 70% 68% 2% 69%
Warrior Nun 2018 68% 68% 0% 68%
Ratched 2019 62% 73% -11% 68%
Emily in Paris 2019 63% 71% -8% 67%
The Break With Michelle Wolf 2018 81% 52% 29% 67%
Love Is Blind 2020 70% 61% 9% 66%
The Duchess 2020 63% 67% -4% 65%
White Lines 2020 64% 66% -2% 65%
Troy: Fall of a City 2018 71% 38% 33% 55%

Data correct as of February 2021

Disney+

Number of Disney+ subscribers

95 million

Number of Disney+ titles

1,110

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Disney saw a growth of almost 30% in the final quarter in 2020, and its number of subscribers was boosted up to an impressive 95 million. Disney+ attributes this growth spurt of 21.2 million new customers to the release of Soul, a Christmas-released animated film that has already been nominated for best motion picture in the upcoming Golden Globes. Both The Mandalorian and WandaVision have also played some part in the success, as new seasons of both these titles dropped during that same period of time.

Quarter Global Disney+ subscribers
Q1 2020 26,500,000
Q2 2020 33,500,000
April 2020* 50,000,000
May 2020** 54,500,000
June 2020*** 57,500,000
Aug 2020*** 60,500,000
Q4 2020 73,700,000
Q1 2021 94,900,000

What makes this such an interesting achievement is that Disney+ has managed to snag almost 100 million subscribers in just over a year from its launch. It took Netflix over 10 years to achieve that same feat. Disney+ had initially planned to reach 90 million subscribers by the end of 2024, but it’s been just a year and it’s already surpassed that milestone.

And there will be no slowing down. Especially as Disney+ will be launching an extension of its services on 23 February. The new hub, named Star, will see hundreds of new and entertaining titles available to Brits and others worldwide. These include fan favourites such as Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, LOST and much more. The new service will be available to users as a sixth tile on the app, and it will comprise films and TV shows from across a range of production studios, including 20th Century Studios, 20th Television, ABC, Searchlight Pictures and more.

Disney+ according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

With such a vast amount of content (almost 300 different titles, to be exact) included with the new extended library, the score attributed to Disney+ as a streaming platform will most likely experience a boost in the coming months. Not that its needed, as the streaming service already has a strong position on both IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. The best titles on Disney+ have an accumulated average of almost 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. These include Hamilton (98%), WandaVision (93%) and The Mandalorian (93%). The platform’s programs are rated slightly lower on IMDb at 75%, but 91% of the available content is rated above 70%. Highly rated titles on IMDb also include The Mandalorian (88%), Hamilton (85%) and WandaVision (81%).

Disney+ title Year Rotten Tomatoes rating IMDb rating Difference in ratings Average rating
The Imagineering Story 2019 100% 90% 10% 95%
Gravity Falls 2012-2016 100% 89% 11% 95%
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions 2020 100% 84% 16% 92%
The Muppet Show 1976-1981 100% 84% 16% 92%
DuckTales 2017-2021 100% 83% 17% 92%
Toy Story 1995 100% 83% 17% 92%
Hamilton 2020 98% 85% 13% 92%
Alien 1979 98% 84% 14% 91%
Coco 2017 97% 84% 13% 91%
The Mandalorian 2019 93% 88% 5% 91%
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 94% 87% 7% 91%
Finding Nemo 2003 99% 81% 18% 90%
Toy Story 3 2010 98% 82% 16% 90%
Up 2009 98% 82% 16% 90%
Toy Story 2 1999 100% 79% 21% 90%
Inside Out 2015 98% 81% 17% 90%
Free Solo 2018 97% 82% 15% 90%
Futurama 1999-2013 95% 84% 11% 90%
WALL·E 2008 95% 84% 11% 90%
Zootopia 2016 98% 80% 18% 89%
Avengers: Endgame 2019 94% 84% 10% 89%
The Lion King 1994 93% 85% 8% 89%
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 92% 86% 6% 89%
The Princess Bride 1987 97% 80% 17% 89%
The Incredibles 2004 97% 80% 17% 89%
Monsters, Inc. 2001 96% 81% 15% 89%
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 2010-2012 94% 83% 11% 89%
Ratatouille 2007 96% 80% 16% 88%
Soul 2020 95% 81% 14% 88%
Toy Story 4 2019 97% 78% 19% 88%
Miracle on 34th Street 1947 96% 79% 17% 88%
Aladdin 1992 95% 80% 15% 88%
The Straight Story 1999 95% 80% 15% 88%
Pinocchio 1940 100% 74% 26% 87%
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 98% 76% 22% 87%
Beauty and the Beast 1991 94% 80% 14% 87%
WandaVision 2021 93% 81% 12% 87%
Iron Man 2008 94% 79% 15% 87%
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 93% 79% 14% 86%
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 93% 79% 14% 86%
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 92% 80% 12% 86%
Togo 2019 92% 80% 12% 86%
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe 2020 100% 72% 28% 86%
The Simpsons 1989 85% 87% -2% 86%
Moana 2016 95% 76% 19% 86%
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 92% 79% 13% 86%
Marvel's The Avengers 2012 91% 80% 11% 86%
One Strange Rock 2018 83% 88% -5% 86%
Dumbo 1941 98% 72% 26% 85%
Black Panther 2018 96% 73% 23% 85%
The Little Mermaid 1989 93% 76% 17% 85%
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 90% 79% 11% 85%
Isle of Dogs 2018 90% 79% 11% 85%
Modern Family 2009-2020 85% 84% 1% 85%
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 85% 84% 1% 85%
Captain America: Civil War 2016 90% 78% 12% 84%
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 90% 77% 13% 84%
Big Hero 6 2014 89% 78% 11% 84%
Lady and the Tramp 1955 93% 73% 20% 83%
Tangled 2010 89% 77% 12% 83%
The Muppets 2011 95% 71% 24% 83%
Deadpool 2016 85% 80% 5% 83%
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 82% 83% -1% 83%
Frozen 2013 90% 74% 16% 82%
Doctor Strange 2016 89% 75% 14% 82%
The Jungle Book 1967 88% 76% 12% 82%
The Muppet Movie 1979 88% 76% 12% 82%
Wreck-it Ralph 2012 87% 77% 10% 82%
Black-ish 2014 92% 71% 21% 82%
Winnie the Pooh 2011 91% 72% 19% 82%
Bambi 1942 90% 73% 17% 82%
X-Men: First Class 2011 86% 77% 9% 82%
The Sound of Music 1965 83% 80% 3% 82%
Tarzan 1999 89% 73% 16% 81%
Onward 2020 88% 74% 14% 81%
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 84% 78% 6% 81%
Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998 91% 70% 21% 81%
Sleeping Beauty 1959 89% 72% 17% 81%
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 85% 76% 9% 81%
Deadpool 2 2018 84% 77% 7% 81%
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 90% 70% 20% 80%
Avatar 2009 82% 78% 4% 80%
The World According to Jeff Goldblum 2019 82% 78% 4% 80%
The Emperor's New Groove 2000 85% 74% 11% 80%
X2: X-Men United 2003 85% 74% 11% 80%
The Peanuts Movie 2015 87% 71% 16% 79%
Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018 87% 71% 16% 79%
Lilo & Stitch 2002 86% 72% 14% 79%
The Fault in Our Stars 2014 81% 77% 4% 79%
Diary of a Future President 2020 100% 57% 43% 79%
Bolt 2008 89% 68% 21% 79%
Hercules 1997 84% 73% 11% 79%
Millions 2005 88% 68% 20% 78%
The Princess and the Frog 2009 85% 71% 14% 78%
Bridge to Terabithia 2007 85% 71% 14% 78%
X-Men 2000 82% 74% 8% 78%
101 Dalmatians 1961 98% 57% 41% 78%
Pete's Dragon 2016 88% 67% 21% 78%
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 80% 75% 5% 78%
Ant-Man 2015 82% 73% 9% 78%
Splash 1984 91% 63% 28% 77%
The Rookie 2002 84% 69% 15% 77%
Fantasia 2000 2000 81% 72% 9% 77%
Monsters University 2013 80% 73% 7% 77%
Marvel's Hero Project 2019 92% 59% 33% 76%
Clouds 2020 76% 75% 1% 76%
Forky Asks a Question 2019 83% 68% 15% 76%
Black Is King 2020 95% 55% 40% 75%
Freaky Friday 2003 88% 62% 26% 75%
Safety 2020 82% 68% 14% 75%
Iron Man 3 2013 79% 71% 8% 75%
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 80% 69% 11% 75%
Brave 2012 78% 71% 7% 75%
Mulan 2020 73% 76% -3% 75%
Aliens of the Deep 2005 84% 64% 20% 74%
Captain Marvel 2019 79% 69% 10% 74%
Holes 2003 78% 70% 8% 74%
Frozen II 2019 78% 69% 9% 74%
Encore! 2019 70% 76% -6% 73%
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made 2020 84% 61% 23% 73%
Cars 2006 74% 71% 3% 73%
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 80% 64% 16% 72%
Mulan 1998 86% 56% 30% 71%
Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 71% 70% 1% 71%
The One and Only Ivan 2020 71% 67% 4% 69%
Solo: A Star Wars Story 2018 69% 69% 0% 69%
Thor: The Dark World 2013 66% 69% -3% 68%
Stargirl 2020 72% 62% 10% 67%
Godmothered 2020 70% 61% 9% 66%
Lady and the Tramp 2019 66% 63% 3% 65%
Muppets Now 2020 69% 59% 10% 64%
A Goofy Movie 1995 58% 69% -11% 64%
Maleficent 2014 54% 70% -16% 62%
The Lion King 2019 52% 69% -17% 61%
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001 49% 69% -20% 59%
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 44% 71% -27% 58%
Bicentennial Man 1999 36% 69% -33% 53%

Data correct as of February 2021

Amazon Prime

Number of Amazon Prime subscribers

150 million

Number of Amazon Prime titles

20,086

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At the beginning of 2020, Amazon announced that it had 150 million users subscribed to its Prime streaming service. In the third quarter of 2020, the number of UK households with an Amazon Prime subscription grew to over 10.1 million. It’s not hard to see why the streaming platform is experiencing an increase in customers. Highly rated titles such as Knives Out and Parasite are available on the platform, alongside classics such as Fleabag and Mad Men.

Amazon Prime according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

Fleabag is the title with the highest average score from both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. The TV series has an adjusted rating of 87% on IMDb and 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. American football drama Friday Night Lights has an average rating of 92% from its scores of 97% and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively, while gritty crime drama Bosch has an average of 91%.

The title that has split audiences and critics the most is the 2019 film Blow The Man Down, which has a 34% difference in ratings between IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. While the film is rated quite highly on Rotten Tomatoes at 98%, it’s rated at just 64% on IMDb. A similar effect can be seen with Gerard Butler’s 2017 blockbuster Geostorm, which has managed to somewhat impress audiences over on IMDb with a rating of 53%, but failed miserably with the critics at Rotten Tomatoes, who gave it 16%. How I Met Your Mother and British drama Informer are two out of three dramas that both critics and audiences have agreed on. On both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, both titles sit at 83% and 79% respectively.

Amazon Prime title Year Rotten Tomatoes rating IMDb rating Difference in ratings Average rating
Fleabag 2016-2019 100% 87% 13% 94%
Friday Night Lights 2006-2011 97% 86% 11% 92%
Bosch 2014 97% 84% 13% 91%
Catastrophe 2015-2019 98% 82% 16% 90%
Undone 2019 98% 82% 16% 90%
The Americans 2013-2018 96% 84% 12% 90%
Mad Men 2007-2015 94% 86% 8% 90%
The Expanse 2015 94% 85% 9% 90%
I Am Not Your Negro 2017 99% 79% 20% 89%
Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 97% 81% 16% 89%
Vikings 2013-2020 93% 85% 8% 89%
Sneaky Pete 2015-2019 96% 81% 15% 89%
The Boys 2019 90% 87% 3% 89%
Knives Out 2019 97% 79% 18% 88%
Small Axe 2020 97% 79% 18% 88%
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 2017 89% 87% 2% 88%
Mozart in the Jungle 2014-2018 94% 82% 12% 88%
The Missing 2019 93% 82% 11% 88%
The Farewell 2019 98% 76% 22% 87%
A Very English Scandal 2018-2021 97% 77% 20% 87%
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 2018 97% 77% 20% 87%
Patriot 2015 91% 83% 8% 87%
The Big Sick 2017 98% 75% 23% 87%
Red Oaks 2014-2017 93% 79% 14% 86%
The Night Manager 2016 91% 81% 10% 86%
One Night in Miami 2020 98% 73% 25% 86%
A Quiet Place 2018 96% 75% 21% 86%
One Mississippi 2015-2017 96% 74% 22% 85%
20,000 Days on Earth 2014 95% 75% 20% 85%
The Tick 2016-2019 95% 74% 21% 85%
Searching 2018 92% 76% 16% 84%
A Man Called Ove 2015 91% 77% 14% 84%
Transparent 2014-2019 90% 78% 12% 84%
Inception 2010 87% 81% 6% 84%
Ash Is Purest White 2018 99% 69% 30% 84%
Honey Boy 2019 94% 73% 21% 84%
World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji 2015 90% 77% 13% 84%
Upload 2020 87% 80% 7% 84%
Lucifer 2019 86% 81% 5% 84%
A Star Is Born 2018 90% 76% 14% 83%
Forever 2018 94% 72% 22% 83%
How I Met Your Mother 2005 83% 83% 0% 83%
Good Omens 2019 84% 81% 3% 83%
Fighting with My Family 2019 93% 71% 22% 82%
The Wilds 2020 92% 72% 20% 82%
The Man in the High Castle 2015-2019 84% 80% 4% 82%
Goliath 2016 82% 82% 0% 82%
It Follows 2014 95% 68% 27% 82%
Masters of Sex 2013-2016 84% 79% 5% 82%
Blow the Man Down 2019 98% 64% 34% 81%
Kung Fu Panda 2008 87% 75% 12% 81%
Sylvie's Love 2020 93% 67% 26% 80%
Tales From the Loop 2020 85% 75% 10% 80%
Alex Rider 2020 85% 75% 10% 80%
The Vast of Night 2019 92% 67% 25% 80%
Bumblebee 2018 91% 68% 23% 80%
Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer 2020 80% 79% 1% 80%
Comrade Detective 2017 85% 73% 12% 79%
Informer 2018 79% 79% 0% 79%
Britannia 2018 88% 68% 20% 78%
The Grand Tour 2016 69% 87% -18% 78%
Hanna 2019 80% 75% 5% 78%
Alpha House 2013-2014 79% 76% 3% 78%
Little Fires Everywhere 2020 78% 77% 1% 78%
Modern Love 2019 75% 80% -5% 78%
Gloria Bell 2019 91% 63% 28% 77%
Mean Girls 2004 84% 70% 14% 77%
Midsommar 2019 83% 71% 12% 77%
Lorena 2019 82% 72% 10% 77%
Homecoming 2019 78% 75% 3% 77%
American Gods 2017 74% 78% -4% 76%
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan 2018 71% 81% -10% 76%
I Love Dick 2016-2017 87% 63% 24% 75%
McMafia 2018 71% 77% -6% 74%
Lost 2004-2010 65% 83% -18% 74%
Truth Seekers 2020 76% 71% 5% 74%
Ready Player One 2018 72% 75% -3% 74%
Jean-Claude Van Johnson 2016-2017 70% 76% -6% 73%
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2017 76% 69% 7% 73%
Fear the Walking Dead 2015 75% 69% 6% 72%
Too Old to Die Young 2019 70% 74% -4% 72%
Greenland 2020 78% 64% 14% 71%
Mad Dogs 2015–2016 67% 75% -8% 71%
Lost Girl 2010 65% 77% -12% 71%
Picnic at Hanging Rock 2018 79% 61% 18% 70%
The Pale Horse 2020 79% 61% 18% 70%
Z: The Beginning of Everything 2015-2017 69% 71% -2% 70%
The ABC Murders 2018 71% 66% 5% 69%
Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 71% 66% 5% 69%
Annabelle: Creation 2017 71% 65% 6% 68%
Hunters 2020 64% 72% -8% 68%
Lore 2017-2018 68% 67% 1% 68%
Jack Reacher 2012 64% 70% -6% 67%
Soulmates 2020 75% 56% 19% 66%
Escape Room 2019 51% 64% -13% 58%
Heroes Reborn 2015-2016 42% 67% -25% 55%
Justice League 2017 40% 63% -23% 52%
Kick 2014 46% 53% -7% 50%
Bloodshot 2014 29% 57% -28% 43%
Annabelle 2014 29% 54% -25% 42%
The Nun 2018 25% 53% -28% 39%
Geostorm 2017 16% 53% -37% 35%

Data correct as of February 2021

Apple TV+

Number of Apple TV+ subscribers

2.25 million

Number of Apple TV+ titles

56

Dickinson illustration

It’s estimated that Apple TV+ has 2.25 million subscribers globally, however, a majority of these customers (62%) could still be on the year-long subscription offer, which guarantees 12 months of Apple TV+ for free. In what could be an attempt to maintain its wide user base before having to pay for a subscription reduces the number of subscribers, Apple TV+ has extended its year-long free trial not once but twice in the past 12 months. In October 2020, Apple announced that it would extend the free trial until February 2021. However, just last month, an announcement came that it would extend it again – this time until July. This means that those who signed up for the year-long free trial back in November 2019 when it was first announced have now been granted 21 months free instead.

Despite having less than 60 original titles in its library, the streaming platform is still making some small but noticeable moves in the entertainment industry. Ted Lasso, a 2020-released drama about a football coach who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, recently received two Golden Globe nominations (one for best comedy or musical television series, and one for Jason Sudeikis, who plays the titular Ted Lasso on the show). Following the success of their first seasons, period comedy series Dickinson and psychological horror series Servant have both returned for a second series.

Apple TV+ according to IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

Long Way Up, the popular TV series that sees Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travel South America on motorcycles, tops the list of titles that score the highest on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb (92%). Meanwhile, Truth Be Told, the drama series starring Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul is the lowest-rated series, with an average score of 51%. 85% of Apple TV+ titles in our list have a score of over 70%, making it one of the lowest-ranked streaming services – especially as none of its shows have average ratings of over 95%. The highest-rated show on the list scores just 92%.

This, however, can be attributed to the fact that Apple TV+ simply does not have enough titles to afford some badly rated titles in its roster. In comparison, Netflix has over 106 times more content than Apple TV+, meaning that a single bad score won’t make much of a difference to its ranking.

Apple TV+ title Year Rotten Tomatoes rating IMDb rating Difference in ratings Average rating
Long Way Up 2020 100% 83% 17% 92%
Visible: Out on Television 2020 100% 83% 17% 92%
Wolfwalkers 2020 99% 81% 18% 90%
The Snoopy Show 2021 100% 79% 21% 90%
Snoopy in Space 2019 100% 78% 22% 89%
Ted Lasso 2020 90% 87% 3% 89%
CODA 2021 94% 82% 12% 88%
Beastie Boys Story 2020 94% 78% 16% 86%
Boys State 2020 94% 77% 17% 86%
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet 2020 94% 76% 18% 85%
The Elephant Queen 2018 91% 78% 13% 85%
Little America 2020 95% 74% 21% 85%
Dear... 2020 100% 69% 31% 85%
Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You 2020 94% 74% 20% 84%
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds 2020 98% 70% 28% 84%
Tehran 2020 93% 74% 19% 84%
A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 83% 83% 0% 83%
Trying 2020 87% 76% 11% 82%
Central Park 2020 94% 68% 26% 81%
Servant 2019 84% 76% 8% 80%
Dickinson 2019 87% 73% 14% 80%
Dads 2020 94% 66% 28% 80%
Home Before Dark 2020 80% 75% 5% 78%
Ghostwriter 2019 100% 54% 46% 77%
Defending Jacob 2020 73% 79% -6% 76%
The Banker 2020 78% 73% 5% 76%
On the Rocks 2020 86% 65% 21% 76%
For All Mankind 2019 73% 76% -3% 75%
Greyhound 2020 79% 70% 9% 75%
Hala 2019 88% 59% 29% 74%
Palmer 2021 74% 73% 1% 74%
Little Voice 2020 76% 71% 5% 74%
The Morning Show 2019 61% 84% -23% 73%
Helpsters 2020 80% 62% 18% 71%
Losing Alice 2021 73% 63% 10% 68%
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special 2020 80% 56% 24% 68%
See 2019 43% 76% -33% 60%
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown 1986 31% 73% -42% 52%
Truth Be Told 2019 31% 71% -40% 51%
Amazing Stories 2020 40% 62% -22% 51%

Data correct as of February 2021

Methodology

We scraped Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb for their scores of over 16,000 titles across each selected streaming platform. To maintain accuracy, the IMDb score was mathematically adjusted to a percentage and then compared to Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Missing titles from either of the platforms were removed, as well as titles that were not considered to have a reliable enough score (for example, yet-to-be-released titles). An average was calculated from the Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores for the titles left in our sample, and these numbers were used to find the overall ranking for each streaming platform.

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