‘Friends’ is revealed as the UK’s most-watched streaming show

14 years after the sitcom ended

‘Friends’ has been revealed as the UK’s most-watched streaming show, 14 years after its last episode aired on TV.

The US sitcom arrived on Netflix back in January, with subscribers able to binge watch all 10 seasons. Repeats of the show were broadcast on Channel 4 and E4 until 2011.

While Netflix and Amazon don’t publish their own viewing figures, new data has been released by TV watchdog Ofcom, revealing the classic sitcom as top of the list in streaming figures.


Netflix have spent over £5billion on original programming this year alone, but the show from 1994-2004 is proving the most popular than new shows.

You can the list of the UK’s top streaming shows below.

  1. Friends Netflix
  2. The Grand Tour Amazon
  3. The Crown Netflix
  4. Stranger Things Netflix
  5. Peaky Blinders Netflix
  6. Black Mirror Netflix
  7. The Big Bang Theory Netflix
  8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine Netflix
  9. The Good Place Netflix
  10. Vikings Amazon

Despite making it into the top ten, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by Fox earlier this year. However, NBC were quick to snap it up, recommissioning the show for a 13-episode run. It’s said that Netflix, Hulu and TBS were also keen to get involved.

“Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up.

“I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”


Following the announcement, Samberg took to Twitter to thank fans for standing behind the show. “Thank you to everyone for the crazy outpouring of support,” he posted on The Lonely Island’s profile. “It means the world to us. It wouldn’t have happened without you.”

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