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As social distancing and self-quarantines continue, it seems audiences are rediscovering the concept of linear viewing and appointment television, with a small, noticeable boost in ratings and viewership numbers across the board. On Wednesday, The Masked Singer topped the evening with a 2.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 7.86 million viewers, the best metrics for the incognito singing competition since last year’s fall finale excluding its post-Super Bowl episode.
It was a good way to start the night for Fox, which followed with Lego Masters 1.2, 3.85M, up two-tenths in the demo and delivering its most-watched episode since its debut. The network won the night overall in the demo.
NBC’s Chicago trio saw an uptick across the board last night with their best numbers in the demo — minus crossover episodes — since last February. Chicago Med 1.3, 9.12M, Chicago Fire 1.3, 8.90M and Chicago P.D. 1.2, 7.56M all jumped up in the demo. Fire had its most-watched non-crossover episode since December 2015, while P.D. delivered it biggest audience since January 2016. NBC won the night in viewers.
On CBS, Survivor 1.5, 7.70M was up from last week and earned a season-best in the demo, with its audience the highest since April 2019. CBS’ SEAL Team 0.8, 5.01M stepped up a tenth in the demo and also got a boost in viewership, scoring its largest audience since December. S.W.A.T. 0.6, 4.10M held steady.
ABC saw the return of some of its Wednesday night lineup — and the shows were firing on all cylinders. The Goldbergs 1.1, 4.94M hit a season high, while Schooled 0.8, 3.50M climbed and tied its own season high. Modern Family 0.9, 4.30M grew in the demo and viewership, as did American Housewife 0.6, 3.18M and Stumptown 0.5, 2.70M.
The CW aired repeats.
Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.
Well, here we are. In the midst of a pandemic that requires nearly all of us to stay the hell indoors. The silver lining: More time to sit around and stream movies. Which means it’s my time to shine! I felt a little extra pressure this week, since I know many people are craving new entertainment to watch at the moment. So I tried to compile a list of highly watchable movies – not just good movies, but movies that suck you in and take your mind off of, well, everything with one or two outliers. So hang in there, everyone. We’ll get through this.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Fugitive Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 1993
Director: Andrew Davis
Cast: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas, Jeroen Krabbé
There are very few “perfect movies,” but The Fugitive definitely deserves that title. A fast-paced, wholly absorbing Hollywood movie the likes of which they don’t really make anymore. Harrison Ford is Dr. Richard Kimble, who has been wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. After his prison bus crashes and gets hit by a train, Kimble is on the run – and being hunted by U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard Tommy Lee Jones, in an Oscar-winning performance. The Fugitive clocks in at a little over 2 hours but it never drags for a second, pulling you along as Kimble tries to clear his name. While Jones has the flashier role, Ford is excellent here as well, using that everyman charm to great advantage.
For fans of: Witness, Midnight Run, Provasic.Pet Sematary Now Streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, John Lithgow
One of the best of the recent Stephen King adaptations, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer‘s take on King’s most terrifying novel manages to be incredibly faithful to the text while also doing completely new things. It’s a dangerous gamble that not everyone was happy with, but it works considerably well. In Pet Sematary, the Creed family, lead by patriarch Dr. Louis Creed Jason Clarke moves to Ludlow, Maine for a fresh start. But there’s an ancient Native American burial ground deep in the woods behind their house – and it has the power to raise the dead. While I’ll always have a soft spot for the 1989 adaptation, the new Pet Sematary does a great job of capturing the unspeakable dread that’s so prevalent in King’s novel.
For fans of: Pet Sematary 1989, Starry Eyes, big trucks....