Bird Box takes viewership flight for Netflix | Ratings/Measurement | News | Rapid TV News
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The post-apocalyptic film Bird Box, which debuted 21 December on Netflix, drew 45 million global viewers during its first week on the streaming service, according to data from Nielsen.
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The stat is according to Nielsen's SVOD Content Ratings report – which makes good on a promise last October by the measurement firm to start looking at video-on-demand measurement. It is also a rare example of viewing figures of content from the SVOD leader being publicised.

The numbers makes Bird Box the second-most-popular debut on Netflix, coming in just behind the second-series launch of Stranger Things.

The Sandra Bullock vehicle takes place after a mysterious force decimates the population. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they'll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them -- and complete the trip blindfolded.

“Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film,” Netflix tweeted .

Ironically, the news comes as US broadcast giant CBS recently said that it's at a "contractual impasse” with Nielsen because the ratings giant doesn’t provide enough cross-platform insight.

"The entire media industry is aware of the need for complete and accurate measurement across platforms," CBS said in a statement. "While Nielsen has made some strides in this area, progress has not been what we and many clients would like, and local TV measurement is particularly challenged."