Nielsen reports some figures this morning on the most popular TV shows streamed online from network websites. In December, the ratings company says, Grey’s Anatomy was the third-most streamed show, with 879,000 unique viewers. Maybe a bit surprising, since Grey’s does not get online buzz in proportion to its network ratings, but it’s a big show nonetheless.
Second place: Saturday Night Live, with 1.1 million. Not a shock, since SNL has done a good job leveraging itself online. (As has been reported, and as I note in a piece about online TV in the next TIME, more people saw Tina Fey imitate Sarah Palin online than on TV.)
In first place is Lost, with 1.4 million viewers. A good finish, when you consider that it’s far from the top-rated show on TV. But again, not unexpected, since it has such an Internet following. Until you consider that in December, Lost was not even running new episodes: that was entirely catch-up viewing.
Or was it people watching future episodes of Lost in the past? I’m getting a nosebleed.