Netflix Reaches Top Four in Americans’ “Must-Keep” Viewing Options


Netflix has cracked the top four in its first appearance in Solutions Research Group’s (SRG) annual Must Keep TV Report, finishing behind ABC, CBS and NBC but ahead of FOX.

This marks the first time in the study’s ten-year history that the “Big Four” networks failed to occupy the top four spots, with Netflix’s emergence pushing FOX into fifth place. Rounding out the top ten are ESPN, HBO, Discovery, PBS and The CW.

HISTORY came in at number 11 this year, followed by AMC at 12, unchanged from last year. HGTV is the momentum brand of the year, coming in at 13, up six spots from 2016. Amazon Prime Video also made its first appearance, taking the number 14 position. CNN is at 15, slipping from 13 a year ago, but is neck-and-neck with FOX News (16).

The tenth annual Must Keep TV Report interviews American consumers about which TV channels and services they regard as a must-have in their households.