‘Friends’ Was the No. 4 Most-Streamed Title of the Week Following Matthew Perry’s Death, Per Nielsen

“Friends” shot way up on Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings after Matthew Perry, who starred in the show as Chandler Bing, died unexpectedly on Oct. 28.

The NBC sitcom was the fourth-most-streamed title of the week with 860 million minutes watched between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. That’s a 48% increase from previous viewing period, which ended one day after Perry’s death. Nielsen also reports that two-thirds of “Friends” viewers during this period were under the age of 35 — meaning they had not been born when the show premiered in 1994.

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The No. 1 title of the week was “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” which was viewed for 1.1 billion minutes in its first six days of availability on Netflix. (The film premiered in theaters on June 2.) The film dethroned last week’s winer, the Jennifer Lawrence-led “No Hard Feelings,” which dropped off of the overall Top 10 completely, but was the fifth-most-streamed movie of the week with 388 million minutes watched, a decrease of 66%.

After three weeks removed from first place following its historic fifteen wins, “Suits” has now lost second place too — to “Grey’s Anatomy,” which was watched for 1 billion minutes between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. But the “Suits” renaissance is far from over; the procedural was the third-most-streamed title of the week with 914 million minutes watched.

“Bluey,” always a Nielsen heavyweight, landed in fifth place. The animated preschool series was watched for 774 million minutes, and was followed by Netflix’s “All the Light We Cannot See,” which was watched for 720 million minutes in its first four days of availability on Netflix.

“Gilmore Girls” continued to chart, as is common during the fall, taking seventh place with 703 million minutes, followed by “NCIS” with 684 million minutes. “Cocomelon” was the No. 9 title after falling off the chart last week for the first time in recent memory, this time clocking in at 641 million minutes.

At No. 10 was “The Family Business,” which was watched for 606 million minutes in the third full week of availability of its third season.

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