The 20 most popular TV characters in the world

Netflix‘The End of the F***ing World.’

In any form of storytelling, characters are often what draws an audience in.

But in television, compelling characters are especially crucial, as they’re tasked with holding the interest of viewers over the course of a season or an entire series.

TV Time has compiled data from the in-app voting of its 12 million registered global users this year to track which TV characters audiences have gravitated toward the most in particular episodes. The app tracks 60,000 TV shows.

But which characters were the most popular?

Netflix, it turns out, has (unsurprisingly) found successful formulas for character development, as a number of characters from Netflix originals like “The End of the F***ing World” and “Money Heist” appear on this list.

Here are the 20 most popular TV characters in the world (followed by the 20 most popular in the US), according to TV Time users:


GLOBAL DATA

Netflix

20. Sheldon Cooper — “Young Sheldon”

Robert Voets/CBS

Played by: Iain Armitage


19. Denver — “Money Heist”

Netflix

Played by: Jaime Lorente


18. Shaun Murphy —  “The Good Doctor”

ABC

Played by: Freddie Highmore


17. Tokio — “Money Heist”

Netflix

Played by: Úrsula Corberó


16. Thomas “Tommy” Shelby —  “Peaky Blinders”

BBC Two

Played by: Cillian Murphy


15. Meredith Grey —  “Grey’s Anatomy”

Played by: Ellen Pompeo


14. Joey Tribbiani — “Friends”

NBC

Played by: Matt LeBlanc


13. Jughead Jones —  “Riverdale”

The CW

Played by: Cole Sprouse


12. Bjorn Lothbrok —  “Vikings”

History Channel

Played by: Alexander Ludvig


11. Dean Winchester — “Supernatural”

The CW

Played by: Jensen Ackles


10. Oliver Queen —  “Arrow”

The CW

Played by: Stephen Amell


9. Eleanor Shellstrop — “The Good Place”

NBC

Played by: Kristen Bell


8. Barry Allen —  “The Flash”

The CW

Played by: Grant Gustin


7. Chandler Bing —  “Friends”

NBC

Played by: Matthew Perry


6. Annalise Keating —  “How to Get Away with Murder”

ABC

Played by: Viola Davis


5. Sheldon Cooper — “The Big Bang Theory”

Big Bang Theory/CBS

Played by: Jim Parsons


4. Lucifer Morningstar —  “Lucifer”

Fox

Played by: Tom Ellis


3. Profesor —  “Money Heist”

Netflix

Played by: Álvaro Morte


2. Alyssa — “The End of the F***ing World”

Netflix

Played by: Jessica Barden


1. James — “The End of the F***ing World”

Netflix

Played by: Alex Lawther


U.S. DATA

Warner Bros. TV/NBC

20. Phoebe Buffay —  “Friends”

NBC

Played by: Lisa Kudrow


19. Betty Cooper —  “Riverdale”

The CW

Played by: Lili Reinhart


18. Damon Salvatore —  “The Vampire Diaries”

Played by: Ian Somerhalder


17. Jack Pearson —  “This Is Us”

Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Played by: Milo Ventimiglia


16. Lagertha —  “Vikings”

History Channel

Played by: Katheryn Winnick


15. Kara Danvers — “Supergirl”

Robert Voets/CBS

Played by: Melissa Benoist


14. Sheldon Cooper — “Young Sheldon”

Robert Voets/CBS

Played by: Iain Armitage


13. Shaun Murphy —  “The Good Doctor”

ABC

Played by: Freddie Highmore


12. Meredith Grey —  “Grey’s Anatomy”

Played by: Ellen Pompeo


11. Joey Tribbiani — “Friends”

NBC

Played by: Matt LeBlanc


10. Jughead Jones —  “Riverdale”

The CW

Played by: Cole Sprouse


9. Bjorn Lothbrok —  “Vikings”

History Channel

Played by: Alexander Ludvig


8. Dean Winchester — “Supernatural”

The CW

Played by: Jensen Ackles


7. Oliver Queen —  “Arrow”

The CW

Played by: Stephen Amell


6. Eleanor Shellstrop — “The Good Place”

NBC

Played by: Kristen Bell


5. Barry Allen —  “The Flash”

The CW

Played by: Grant Gustin


4. Chandler Bing —  “Friends”

NBC

Played by: Matthew Perry


3. Annalise Keating —  “How to Get Away with Murder”

ABC

Played by: Viola Davis


2. Sheldon Cooper — “The Big Bang Theory”

Big Bang Theory/CBS

Played by: Jim Parsons


1. Lucifer Morningstar —  “Lucifer”

Fox

Played by: Tom Ellis

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