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Top TV shows from 2022 include “Ozark,” “Inventing Anna” and “House of the Dragon.” AP

Recent setbacks aside, a new survey suggests Netflix is still a major player in the TV world.

Two thousand Americans were asked this month to pick their favorites from a list of all the series they watched in 2022.

In addition to securing the No. 1 choice with Season 4 of “Ozark,” Netflix represented half of the overall top 10 list, as well as half the best scripted series.

Where the streaming service might face more challenge is with new releases, as only three of its shows — “Wednesday,” “Mo” and “Inventing Anna” — appeared in the highest-ranked 2022 premieres. 

But of those, it’s “Wednesday” that seemed to captivate audiences the most. Roughly one in four of those who started the show ended up watching all of it, according to OnePoll’s data, making it the second-most finished series behind Showtime’sYellowjackets.”

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Jenna Ortega leads the “Wednesday” series, which premiered in November.
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Although Netflix famously doesn’t reveal official viewership data for its content, the company was recently forced to disclose its biggest customer losses in almost a decade, of roughly 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year and 970,000 in the second quarter. 

As of October, however, it appears to have bounced back with 2.4 million new subscribers, perhaps bolstered by fan reactions to the “Ozark” finale in May and the conclusion of “Stranger Things” Season 4 in July. 

Besides Netflix’s seeming return from obsolescence, the data also reveals other interesting trends in this year’s TV landscape. 

Despite evidence that HBO’sHouse of the Dragon” had beat out Amazon Prime’s similarly fantastical “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” in week-to-week ratings, those surveyed were more likely to choose the latter series as their favorite.  

And although critics lauded the Tony Gilroy-penned “Andor” over the rest of Disney+‘s 2022 offerings, respondents were generally more enamored with Marvel’s “She Hulk: Attorney At Law.” 

One thing’s for certain: Broadcast TV networks continue to flounder in the wake of so many cable and streaming providers — so much so that only ABC’s Emmy-winning sitcom “Abbott Elementary” stands out among new releases.

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Julia Garner stars on “Ozark,” which wrapped its final season in April.
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BEST OVERALL SHOWS OF 2022

  1. “Ozark,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 8% 
  2. “Stranger Things,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 8% 
  3. “Wednesday” (Netflix) — 8% 
  4. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — 7% 
  5. Grey’s Anatomy,” Season 19 (ABC) — 6%
  6. “Inventing Anna” (Netflix) — 6% 
  7. Love is Blind,” Season 3 (Netflix) — 6% 
  8. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Amazon Prime) — 6% 
  9. The Last Movie Stars” (HBO Max) — 6% 
  10. Married At First Sight,” Season 15 (A&E) — 6% 
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Garner also portrays fraudster Anna Delvey in “Inventing Anna,” which dropped in February.
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BEST SCRIPTED SERIES OF 2022

  1. “Ozark,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 8%        
  2. “Stranger Things,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 8%        
  3. “Wednesday” (Netflix) — 8%    
  4. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — 7%        
  5. “Grey’s Anatomy,” Season 19 (ABC) — 6%       
  6. “Inventing Anna” (Netflix) — 6%      
  7. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Amazon Prime) — 6%
  8. The Crown,” Season 5 (Netflix) — 6%        
  9. Yellowstone,” Season 5 (Paramount Network) — 6%       
  10. “House of the Dragon” (HBO) — 5%        
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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey co-host “Love is Blind.”
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BEST UNSCRIPTED/REALITY SERIES OF 2022

  1. “Love is Blind,” Season 3 (Netflix) — 6% 
  2. “The Last Movie Stars” (HBO Max) — 6% 
  3. “Married At First Sight,” Season 15 (A&E) — 6%
  4. “Love is Blind,” Season 2 (Netflix) — 5% 
  5. The Great British Baking Show,” Season 13 (Netflix) — 5%
  6. The Amazing Race,” Season 33 (CBS) — 5%        
  7. Below Deck Sailing Yacht,” Season 3 (Bravo) — 4%
  8. The Rehearsal” (HBO) — 4%        
  9. We Need To Talk About Cosby” (Showtime) — 4%
  10. Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls” (Amazon Prime) — 4%        
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Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith star in HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” which premiered in August.
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BEST NEW SERIES OF 2022

  1. “Wednesday” (Netflix) — 8%    
  2. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — 7%        
  3. “Inventing Anna” (Netflix) — 6%      
  4. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Amazon Prime) — 6%
  5. “House of the Dragon” (HBO) — 5%       
  6. “The Legend of Vox Machina” (Amazon Prime) — 5%
  7. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (Paramount+) — 5%
  8. “Mo” (Neftlix) — 5%
  9. “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law” (Disney+)  — 5%        
  10. “Abbott Elementary” (ABC) — 5%        
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David Harbour plays Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things.”
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MOST STARTED SHOWS OF 2022

  1. “Married At First Sight,” Season 15 (A&E) — 46% 
  2. “The Last Movie Stars” (HBO Max) — 40% 
  3. “Stranger Things,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 37% 
  4. “Ozark,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 36% 
  5. “The Amazing Race,” Season 33 (CBS) — 35% 
  6. “The Rehearsal” (HBO) — 34%
  7. “Love is Blind,” Season 3 (Netflix) — 34%
  8. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (Paramount+) — 33%
  9. “Love is Blind,” Season 2 (Netflix) — 33% 
  10. I Love That For You” (HBO) — 33%
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Melanie Lynskey portrays Shauna in “Yellowjackets.” The first season aired from November 2021 to January 2022.
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MOST FINISHED SHOWS OF 2022

  1. “Yellowjackets” (Showtime) — 26% 
  2. “Wednesday” (Netflix) — 26% 
  3. “Ozark,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 23% 
  4. “House of the Dragon” (HBO) — 21% 
  5. “Stranger Things,” Season 4 (Netflix) — 21% 
  6. “Bridgerton,” Season 2 (Netflix) — 20% 
  7. Willow” (Disney+) — 20% 
  8. Tulsa King” (Paramount+) — 20% 
  9. “The Big Brunch” (HBO Max) — 19% 
  10. The Sandman” (Netflix) — 19%