The Mandalorian is the most-watched streaming original of 2023

The Mandalorian beats out Loki, The Witcher, Secret Invasion and many others to become the top streaming original of 2023.
Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars The Mandalorian
Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars The Mandalorian /

2024 is here, and with it comes a battery hotly anticipated TV shows to obsess over. But while we wait for them to arrive, we're still picking over the carcass of 2023. Which shows triumphed last year? Which came up short?

Well, streaming services are often loathe to release specifics about viewership, but analytics companies like Whip Media are here to fill in the gaps. TheWrap got ahold of their compilation of the 30 most-watched streaming original shows of 2023. Check it out below:

  1. The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  2. Loki (Disney+)
  3. Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
  4. You (Netflix)
  5. Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  6. Black Mirror (Netflix)
  7. Secret Invasion (Disney+)
  8. The Bear (Hulu)
  9. Ahsoka (Disney+)
  10. The Witcher (Netflix)
  11. Gen V (Amazon Prime Video)
  12. Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video)
  13. Manifest (Netflix)
  14. Outer Banks (Netflix)
  15. Silo (Apple TV+)
  16. Shrinking (Apple TV+)
  17. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
  18. Invincible (Amazon Prime Video)
  19. The Night Agent (Netflix)
  20. Ginny & Georgia (Netflix)
  21. 1923 (Paramount+)
  22. Upload (Amazon Prime Video)
  23. BEEF (Netflix)
  24. Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
  25. Criminal Minds (Paramount+)
  26. How I Met Your Father (Hulu)
  27. Poke Face (Peacock)
  28. The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
  29. Sex Education (Netflix)
  30. Queen Charlotte (Netflix)

So Disney's Star Wars series The Mandalorian was king of the mountain in 2023. It's placed consistently high on lists like this since its debut in 2019, so this is no surprise. Notably, Ahsoka -- another Star Wars show -- is quite a bit lower on the list. We'll see what that forebodes for a pair of new Star Wars series on the way in 2024: Skeleton Key and The Acolyte.

Netflix is by far the most popular streaming service out there, so I'm not shocked to see that over a third of the entries on this list are Netflix shows. Honestly, I expected the number to be higher, particularly in the top 10. Shadow and Bone made it on the list but apparently the numbers weren't good enough to stop Netflix from canceling the fantasy drama.

Warner Bros. Discovery can't be happy that there are no Max shows on this list, although that may be due to their analytics being harder than usual to discover. Also, shows that air on HBO proper as well as stream on Max are very popular. If The Last of Us had been a streaming original, it might have been at the top of this list. It was at the top of another important barometer of popularity:

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