2020 unsurprisingly saw some of the highest TV streaming statistics than any other year, with platforms like Netflix reporting an increase of more than 10 million users per region across the globe.
And it’s not just fans revelling in the successes of these shows, but the actors too. Shows such as Bridgerton only illustrate the subsequent rise to fame these newly released shows can have.
To map how influential TV shows of the last year have been for the actors, the experts at Uswitch.com compiled a list of 50 of the newest, most streamed original TV shows between 2020 and 2021, surveying 4,125 global TV streamers to conclusively create a list of the ultimate top 30.
They then gathered current Instagram followings per leading actor, whilst mapping their increase for the month after their shows’ release using Social Blade, to determine which original TV show caused the biggest influx in followers, whilst anticipating the most impactful show overall.
The top 10 shows
- Tiger King
- I May Destroy You
- The Queen’s Gambit
- The Crown (Series Four)
- Ted Lasso
- The Undoing
- Never Have I Ever
The top 3 actors revealed
Uswitch.com discovered the actor with the highest spike in followers in the following month after the show’s release was Regé-Jean Page from the Netflix hit Bridgerton.
The period drama series that debuted on Netflix in December 2020 saw his following on Instagram increase by a whopping 3,792,607.
In second place is Outer Banks star Madelyn Cline who gained 2,738,547 additional followers after the action-adventure show dropped on Netflix in April 2020.
Placing third is Lily Collins for her lead role in Emily in Paris that debuted in October which saw the actress’ followers increase by 2,241,308.
The top 3 TV shows
Having identified a collective list of actors per show and their increase in followers, Uswitch.com was able to anticipate the TV show that had the biggest collective impact for all leading actors by calculating the average increase in followers.
The show with the highest average follower spike for all main characters is Outer Banks, which comes as no surprise as four of their leading characters made the top 10 list. Their average spike in followers was 1,243,699.
Placing second is the comedy coming of age drama series, Never Have I Ever, with an estimated 534,878 average spike in followers for all actors’.
In third is the Netflix phenomenon Bridgerton, which saw an average increase of 491,549 among all main characters.