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Hulu’s Greatest Hits


This month, Hulu turns one. And to celebrate, the joint venture of News Corporation and NBC Universal is pulling back the curtains to reveal which video clips and full-length TV shows from its extensive online collection have been the biggest hit with viewers.

The site-leading videos below provide valuable insight into how Hulu has become the sixth most-visited video site on the Web in such a short time, with over 250 million videos viewed in January according to comScore. While NBC and Fox shows crowd these lists, third-party content like the independently-produced Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Obama’s inauguration speech were among the most shared videos on the site.

Hulu has also revealed its most apparent room for growth, naming the top 10 most searched-for shows not hosted on its site. Topping that list are ABC’s Lost, Comedy Central’s South Park, and CW’s Gossip Girl.

Full results, along with video highlights, below. (Note: Hulu did not release data on its most viewed or most discussed videos)

Update (3/12 at 2:55 pm eastern): A few stats have emerged today that help put Hulu’s one-year milestone in perspective:

-According to Nielsen, Hulu surpassed Yahoo! and MySpace to become the second most-watched video site on the Web, going by videos streamed. Still, its 308 million videos streamed per month are light years away from YouTube’s 5.2 billion.

-According to Hulu’s own internal metrics, videos on the site have been embedded 3.9 million times on more than 100,000 websites. Take a look at the lists below and tell me that’s not a lot of Dr. Horrible.

Most E-Mailed Videos

1. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

2. Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

3. Saturday Night Live: Palin/Clinton Open

4. Saturday Night Live: Couric/Palin Open

5. Saturday Night Live: Governor Palin Open

6. Saturday Night Live Update: Palin Rap

7. 1st Presidential Debate

8. Saturday Night Live Digital Short: J*** in My Pants

9. Saturday Night Live: VP Debate Open: Palin/Biden

10. Saturday Night Live: Really?!?: Michael PhelpsMost Embedded Videos

1. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog2. Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

3. Saturday Night Live: Palin/Clinton Open

4. Saturday Night Live: Couric/Palin Open

5. Saturday Night Live: Governor Palin Open

6. Saturday Night Live Update: Palin Rap

7. 1st Presidential Debate

8. Saturday Night Live Digital Short: J*** in My Pants

9. Saturday Night Live: VP Debate Open: Palin/Biden

10. Saturday Night Live: Really?!?: Michael PhelpsMost Searched Shows on Hulu

1. Family Guy

2. The Office

3. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

4. House

5. Arrested Development

6. Saturday Night Live

7. Heroes

8. Bones

9. The Simpsons

10. 30 RockMost Searched Shows not on Hulu

1. Lost

2. South Park

3. Gossip Girl

4. NCIS

5. CSI

6. Dexter

7. Smallville

8. Star Trek

9. Weeds

10. Entourage


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