At a time when it feels more challenging than ever before to keep track of every release within the ever-growing Indian streaming space, the bigger challenge still is finding out which releases are attracting the largest audiences. Streaming platforms are notorious for their lack of transparency, allowing them to quote numbers that are tough to verify. Enter media consulting firm Ormax Media which has began tracking viewership figures of the top releases across major platforms.
From brand new releases to older ones that are still going strong, here’s a list of the most-viewed shows and movies from the Indian streaming space during the week of October 12th -18th, 2020. (The following numbers are all estimates based only within India).
1) High – MX Player
Views (Million): 6.4
MX Player’s latest big release takes the top spot this week. The ensemble crime drama which follows a war between drug dealers and the police has an impressive cast including Akshay Oberoi, Prakash Belawadi and Ranvir Shorey.
2) Scam 1992 : The Harshad Mehta Story – SonyLIV
Views (Million): 4.8
SonyLIV’s 10-episode series from director Hansal Mehta is fast becoming the talk of the town. The Harshad Mehta Story is set in 80s and 90s Bombay and follows the true story of famed stockbroker Harshad Mehta, who single-handedly took the stock market to dizzying heights. Th series examines his rags to riches rise to power and subsequent catastrophic downfall. The series stars Pratik Gandhi in the lead role with Shreya Dhanwanthary playing Sucheta Dalal, the journalist who first broke the scam.
3) Serious Men – Netflix
Views (Million): 4.6
Sudhir Mishra’s film based on Manu Joseph’s novel of the same name continues to grab eyeballs several weeks after release. The film tells the story of Ayyan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a middle class Mumbaikars whose child is a genius, and thus a ticket to upward economic mobility.
4) Gandii Baat 5 – ALTBalaji/Zee5
Views (Million): 4.2
The fifth season of ALTBalaji’s much-discussed sex anthology, which began in 2018, returns with four new episodes. Gandii Baat has always garnered a significant audience due to its unapologetic ‘sex appeal’ and to see it here is no real surprise.
5) Aashram – MX Player
Views (Million): 3.6
Despite releasing at the end of August, MX Player’s Bobby Deol-starrer from director Prakash Jha is still going strong. The social drama sees Deol play a God man within a wider cast which includes Chandan Roy Sanyal and Anupriya Goenka.