Films, TV series and shows: what Ukrainians watch online

The largest media service in Ukraine, MEGOGO, presents the rating of content popularity among platform users for the 1st quarter of 2023. MEGOGO previously reported that compared to 2021, the number of views of Ukrainian-made films has increased fivefold. The platform’s latest data shows this trend continuing, with views increasing 3.3 times compared to the same period in 2022.

For many Ukrainians, the use of OTT services is an integral part of family and personal leisure, as well as support for mental health in difficult times. MEGOGO users consume a variety of legal content: films, TV series, cartoons, sporting events, audiobooks and podcasts, as well as entertaining and educational shows.

In the categories “films”, “serials”, “children’s content”, “shows”, “audio content”, the TOP 10 titles are presented, selected by the total duration of viewing/listening in hours on the MEGOGO media service. “Movies in purchase” are selected by the number of films sold in units, and “sporting events” – by the number of views.

The most popular films by category on MEGOGO

Single purchase (TVOD)

The American horror film with comedy elements “Menu,” which premiered digitally in Ukraine in January 2023, tops the rating. The top five in this category also included the cult sci-fi film “Avatar”, the superhero film based on comic books from Marvel Comics “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, the Ukrainian-Polish historical drama “Shchedryk” and the superhero film based on the DC Comics of the same name – “Black” The second five of the rating included “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Bandit”, “The Lost City”, “Unstoppable Wedding” and “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets”.

Prepaid (SVOD)

The most popular films in the subscription were the American thriller “Poker Face” and the Ukrainian feature film “Sniper. White Raven (Extended Version)” and the family Christmas comedy “At Home.” The top ten also included “Aerobatics”, “Home Himself 2: Lost in New York”, “Maxim Osa and the Gold of Doghead”, “Barakuda”, “Live”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “Above the Abyss”.

Free to watch (AVOD)

The TOP 10 most popular free films included 4 Ukrainian-produced projects dedicated to historical events: “Cyborgs” directed by Akhtem Seitablayev with a script by Natalia Vorozhbit, “Ilovaisk 2014” directed by Ivan Timchenko, “Donbass” directed by Sergei Loznitsa and “Kruty 1918” directed by Alexey Shapareva.

Ukrainian production

The leader among Ukrainian-produced films on MEGOGO is “Sniper. White Raven (Extended version).” The tape also took first place in terms of the number of views on the media service over the past year. Second and third places in the ranking are taken by Maxim Osa and Pesigolovts’ Gold, the first comic book adaptation in the history of Ukrainian cinema and the feature film I Work in a Cemetery, filmed as a co-production between Ukraine and Poland. The top ten also included films about war and two comedies.

TV series watched the most on MEGOGO

Prepaid (SVOD)

The TOP 10 most popular series in subscription on the MEGOGO platform are opened by the post-apocalyptic series “The Walking Dead”, the Ukrainian ironic series “Precinct with DVRZ” and “Father Brown”, a detective series. The list also included such series as “Dark Matter”, “Polkan”, “House of Other People’s Secrets”, “Opera on Call”, “Murdoch Investigation”, “Around the World in 80 Days”, “Against Fate”.

Free to watch (AVOD)

Among the most popular TV series available on MEGOGO for free, 9 out of 10 are Ukrainian-made. Among the leaders are the television series “Papanki”, “My Favorite Scary”, “Kriposna”, “Rogue”, “Bunker”, “Jack and London”, “Worst Friend”, “Healing with Love”, “By the Right of Love”. Only one foreign project, namely the Swedish-Danish detective series “The Bridge,” entered the top, taking second place.

Popular children’s content on MEGOGO

Animated films

Prepaid (SVOD)

MEGOGO, as a media service for the whole family, has a large library of children’s content – cartoons and animated series. In the animated film category, the top five are Zootropolis, Heart of Frozen, Wayana, Cars and Monsters, Inc.

Animated series

Prepaid (SVOD)

Among the animated series that young viewers enjoyed watching via subscription, the top three are headed by the cult “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the beloved “Paw Patrol” and “Ninja Crawlers.” legendary comic.

Animated series

Free to watch (AVOD)

In the category of animated series available on the media service for free viewing, the TOP 10 included the Ukrainian hit animated series “Dog Patron”, which tells about the life of a sapper dog from the State Emergency Service.

The cartoon took an honorable 3rd place. MEGOGO previously reported that the first episode of the project, called “The Broken Bridge,” entered the TOP 5 on the media service among Ukrainian-produced cartoons.

Most watched shows on MEGOGO

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We accept all genres, with the exception of news and sports projects.

Prepaid (SVOD)

MEGOGO’s longest-serving subscribers watched American adventure, documentaries and entertainment shows. The first place goes to the show “Naked and Afraid / Naked and Afraid XL” about the lives of two survivalists who meet naked for the first time and are tasked with surviving in the desert for 21 days. And the top ten is closed by the Ukrainian family entertainment project “Queen of the Kitchen” with singer Olya Polyakova produced by the MEGOGO ORIGINALS studio.

Free to watch (AVOD)

The TOP 10 in free viewing are occupied by domestically produced projects. In first place is the educational program “The World Inside Out,” an author’s project by Dmitry Komarov. The second and third are the Diesel Studio projects: “Diesel Show” and “For Three”. The fourth and fifth places were taken by the singing talent show “Voice of the Country” and the travel project “Igor Zakharenko”. The top ten also included 3 culinary projects.

The most popular audio content on MEGOGO AUDIO

Since 2019, MEGOGO has been developing the “Audio” section, which contains a library of legal audio content: podcasts, audio books and audio series, including projects of its own production.

Audiobooks

Among the most popular audiobooks, listeners most preferred projects of Ukrainian origin. Thus, 7 out of 10 in the ranking are domestic authors. First place goes to “Overcoming the Past: Global History of Ukraine” by historian and publicist Yaroslav Gritsak. The second and third places were shared by George Orwell’s 1984 and Higher Fidelity. Truth, lies and leadership. Memoirs of FBI Director James Comey. In fourth and fifth places are “District D” by Artem Chekh and “Kobzar” by Taras Shevchenko. The second five are occupied by “Radio Night” by Yuri Andrukhovich, “Behind the scenes of the war. Stalin, the Nazis and the West by Lawrence Rees, The Walls in My Head by Vladimir Stanchishin, 365 bedtime stories. Tales of Heroes”, “Behind the Scenes of the Empire. Essay on Ukrainian-Russian cultural relations” by Vera Ageeva.

Podcasts

The first step among the most popular podcasts on MEGOGO AUDIO is occupied by the project “Without Declaration of War,” authored by Ilya Kabachinsky and Alexander Avramchuk, which tells about the events of the past in order to better understand the future. In 2022, the project received an award from the Professional Podcasters Awards. ” in the category “Best History and Society Podcast.” Second place went to Max Podzigun’s F1Podcast, which also received a listener’s choice award and MEGOGO AUDIO in the “Best Sports Podcast” category. The top five also included a self-produced project MEGOGO AUDIO in collaboration with the forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces TV channel “Resistance”, which tells about the defense of Irpen in March-April 2022.

The most popular sporting events on MEGOGO

MEGOGO is actively developing the sports direction and has a number of exclusives, including: matches of the Ukrainian national football team as part of the qualification for the 2024 European Football Championship, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League, UEFA Super Cup, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey), German Cup (DFB-Pokal), Italian Cup, Top Rank fight, K2 Promotions Ukraine, and much more.

The most popular event among football fans on MEGOGO was the match of the Ukrainian national team against the English national team in qualifying for Euro 2024, which took place on March 26. The next seven steps are also occupied by football events of the Europa League, Champions League and La Liga. The top ten is closed by the fights of Yaroslav Amosov against Logan Sporley (February 25) and Jose Ramirez against Richard Commey (March 26).

The entire TOP 10 looks like this:

26/03 Qualifying round of the UEFA European Football Championship 2024. England – Ukraine
09/03 UEFA Europa League. Shakhtar – Feyenoord
08/03 UEFA Champions League. Bayern – PSG
16/03 UEFA Europa League. Feyenoord – Shakhtar
21/02 UEFA Champions League. Liverpool – Real
07/03 UEFA Champions League. Chelsea – Borussia Dortmund
15/03 UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid – Liverpool
19/03 La Liga. Barcelona – Real
25.2 Bellator MMA. Yaroslav Amosov – Logan Storley
26/03 Boxing. Jose Ramirez – Richard Commey

Reference

MEGOGO is an international media service founded in 2011 in Kyiv. It is the leader among OTT platforms in Ukraine, operates in the countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus, and a significant part of the catalog is available worldwide.

 

 

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