2019 Top Tens

2019 is seeing dramatic upticks in popular social networking sites, apps, and across new platforms such as the influencer and podcast category. As in the past, TV viewership continues to be fragmented with competition for broadcast TV prime shows from the rise of popularity in streaming apps offering original content. Apps such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon Prime are showing success with enlisting top Hollywood actors and writers in creating high quality shows.

Audience trends in 2019 show furthered cord cutting eating into cable company subscribership. Both young and mature viewers are finding streaming content on mobile devices, tablets, and smart TVs to be the new norm.

“One of the most recent studies from eMarketer forecasted that the number of people who have cut the TV cord by the end of 2018 is close to 33 million people…..While cord cutting continues to hit satellite-TV providers the hardest, cable providers such as Comcast and Charter aren’t too far behind. New data from Leichtman Research Group shows that cable companies lost 455,263 subscribers in Q2 2019, while the entire traditional TV industry lost 1.53 million subscribers”.

Despite the continuation of audience fragmentation, viewers still find and follow their show, video and influencer favorites. Below is a list of the most popular social sites, apps, podcasts, TV shows and influencers on the rise this year.

Top 10 social sites with monthly users:

  1. Facebook 2.2 billion
  2. YouTube 1.9 billion
  3. Instagram 1 billion
  4. Qzone 563 million
  5. Weibo 376 million
  6. Twitter 336 million
  7. Reddit 330 million
  8. Pinterest 200 million
  9. Ask.fm 160 million
  10. Tumblr 115 million

Top 10 social networking apps with monthly users:

  1. WhatsApp 1.5 billion
  2. Facebook Messenger 1.3 billion
  3. WeChat 989 million
  4. Instagram 800 million
  5. QQ Chat 783 million
  6. QZone 652 million
  7. Viber 249 million
  8. LINE 218 million
  9. Snapchat 200 million
  10. YY 122 million

Top 10 Syndicated Radio Instagram Influencers:

  1. Ben Shapiro
  2. Big Boy
  3. Stephen A. Smith
  4. Donnie McClurkin
  5. Sean Hannity
  6. Bill O’Reilly
  7. Zach Sang
  8. Sebastian Gorka
  9. Medha Gandhi
  10. Bobby Bones

Top 10 Podcasts:

  1. The Daily
  2. Code Switch
  3. Pod Save America
  4. 2 Dope Queens
  5. The Read
  6. Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  7. Reply All
  8. How to Be a Girl
  9. The Bill Simmons Podcast
  10. How Did This Get Made?

Top 10 Broadcast TV prime shows:

  1. This Is Us (NBC) / Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  2. Young Sheldon (CBS) / The Voice (NBC) & Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  3. The Conners (ABC)
  4. Survivor / 60 Minutes (CBS) and Empire / The Simpsons (FOX)
  5. Modern Family (ABC) & 9-1-1 (FOX) & Manifest (NBC)
  6. New Amsterdam / Chicago Fire (NBC) & Last Man Standing (FOX) & NCIS (CBS)
  7. Mom (CBS) & The Goldbergs (ABC) & Family Guy/ Bob’s Burgers / Star (FOX) & Chicago Med (NBC)
  8. Chicago PD (NBC) & The Good Doctor (ABC) & FBI / The Neighborhood (CBS)
  9. God Friended Me (CBS) & Station 19 / American Housewife / Single Parents / The Kids Are Alright (ABC) & The Resident / The Cool Kids (FOX)
  10. Law & Order SVU / Superstore (NBC) & Blackish / Dancing With The Stars (ABC) & NCIS LA / NCIS NOLA / Magnum P.I. / Murphy Brown / Happy Together (CBS)

Top streamed shows:

  • Barry (HBOGO)
  • Black Monday (Showtime)
  • Castle Rock (Hulu)
  • Euphoria (HBOGO)
  • Fleabag (Amazon Prime)
  • Homecoming (Amazon Prime)
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Netflix)
  • Killing Eve (Hulu)
  • My Brilliant Friend (HBOGO)
  • The OA (Netflix)
  • Russian Doll (Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBOGO)