Suits sets landmark streaming record that may never be beaten

Mike Ross and Harvey Specter in SuitsUSA Network

We’re about to dance the Greenback Boogie, because Suits has done it again: this time, it’s set a jaw-dropping streaming record that may never be beaten.

Suits originally launched on the USA Network in 2011, following a rookie, genius lawyer with an extraordinary eidetic memory after he blags his way into an associate role for one of New York City’s top law firms, working under its best closer.

It ran for nine seasons, closing out in 2019 amid dwindling ratings and coming after the departure of Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams.

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Yet, it’s found an astonishing new lease of life over the summer, amassing viewers that other shows can only dream of – and it’s just set another record.

Suits sets new ridiculous streaming record

Suits is the first show in TV history to be viewed for three billion minutes for seven weeks in a row.

These figures come courtesy of Nielsen, with the most recent table ranking the streaming performance of shows between August 7-13. Suits topped it with 3.01 billion minutes, followed by Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer with 1.42 billion, Disney Plus’ Bluey with 1.06 billion, and Painkiller at just shy of one billion minutes.

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“Yes, viewership for Suits has been staggering – as well as newsworthy. And in addition to attracting a different audience from when it was on USA Network, Suits is timely – given that it ended its run on basic cable in 2019 – which is somewhat unique from other popular acquired programs like Seinfeld, The Office and Friends. The show also originally aired at a time when cord-cutting was well underway, possibly hiding it from streaming-first audiences,” Nielsen wrote.

“While Suits is a clear stand-out, its popularity highlights the enduring longevity of content – something that streaming is evolving to capitalize on.”

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If you’ve just binged all of Suits, you may be hungry for more. Well, you’re in luck, because its one and only spinoff was recently made available to stream – find out more here.

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