This Year’s 10 Most Popular TV Christmas Movies (Yes, Lindsay Lohan Is On The List)

Lindsay Lohan, left, Chord Overstreet and Olivia Perez in Netflix’s “Falling for Christmas.” Netflix
There’s been a whole lot of buzz surrounding the discharge of a number of new high-profile streaming Christmas films this yr, together with Lindsay Lohan’s new Netflix
film, Falling for Christmas, and the musical romp Spirited on AppleTV+, starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.

But it seems that audiences are nonetheless extra enthusiastic about Ferrell’s outdated Christmas film, in addition to another vacation classics, than they’re concerning the new fare.

A examine from Samba TV, a TV tech firm that provides analytics, discovered that the most well-liked Christmas films this season are largely older ones. In reality, Netflix had the one two new films to make the highest 10 thus far this vacation season, primarily based on knowledge measured from November 8 to December 11—and sure, Lohan’s Falling was one of many two. The different is The Noel Diary, primarily based on a well-liked novel by Richard Paul Evans.

All the remainder of the flicks on the listing are no less than a couple of years outdated. The Chevy Chase comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation claimed the highest spot, seen by 8.6 million U.S. households. Another film launched greater than three many years in the past, Home Alone, ranked No. 2 with 8.4 million households watching.

Ferrell’s Elf took the third spot with 7.9 million households. Rounding out the highest 5 have been two different perennial vacation favorites, Four Christmases and A Christmas Story (the unique, not this yr’s sequel on HBO Max, A Christmas Story Christmas, which ranked sixteenth).
The newbies within the high 10, Falling and Diary, each drew extra than2.5 million households to rank sixth and seventh, although fairly distant from the highest contenders.
So why all of the love for vacation classics? It could also be a matter of accessibility, says Samba TV Co-Founder and CEO Ashwin Navin. “Gone are the times the place the one solution to watch a handful of vacation films was tuning into the published networks,” Navin notes. “Now we now have a whole lot of holiday-themed films and specials at our fingertips by way of streamers like Netflix and Disney+, that are re-airing most of the outdated classics we love, whereas additionally that includes totally new made-for-streaming releases.”
This yr’s high 20 vacation films, per Samba TV.Samba TV

Big Gains Over Last Year’s Viewership
And that could be driving total viewership will increase, too. Samba discovered that 11 of the highest 15 films had extra viewership than on the identical time final yr. Elf (which is obtainable with a subscription to HBO Max) was up a whopping 224%, actually. That might be as a result of some synergy with Ferrell’s new film, a twist on the Charles Dickens basic A Christmas Carol.

Spirited ranked thirteenth total, in line with Samba TV, proper behind It’s a Wonderful Life. The soundtrack for the movie has offered nicely.
Is Die Hard a Christmas Move?
Yes, in line with Samba TV, and a reasonably widespread one. It ranked No. 8, forward of (*10*) and Life.
Comedies for the Win
It appears viewers this time of yr are extra within the temper for laughs—which can replicate the present state of the world as we take care of an ongoing pandemic. Most of the highest Christmas films have been comedies, although three romances did make the highest 10—the 2 Netflix movies and the 2006 rom-com The Holiday (No. 10).

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