The Greatest Showman in numbers

20 weeks at the top for the unstoppable cast recording of The Greatest Showman! We break down the stats…

The Greatest Showman has certainly earned its title – 20 weeks at Number 1 for the cast recording that has spawned a clutch of Top 40 hits, including the monster smash This Is Me, by Keala Settle.

To put its success into perspective, The Greatest Showman's 20 weeks at the top matches Ed Sheeran's run at Number 1 with Divide. So just how has it managed to stay so loved by the British public? We crunch the numbers and look behind the scenes to analyse its longevity.

It's physical sales where The Greatest Showman has flourished, shifting 420,000 copies - 46% of its overall figure. Not that its tally on streams and digital sales it too shabby either – its notched up 305,000 streaming equivalent sales, and 186,000 of you have downloaded the album.

What's kept The Greatest Showman going is its ability to bounce back and forth, so while it's done 20 weeks at Number 1, it's not felt as long because it's allowed some other chart-toppers to sneak in during its run – very generous of it! Track The Greatest Showman's entire chart run.

Four albums have so knocked it from the top spot during its run. They were: George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's, Kylie Minogue's Golden, Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys, Arctic Monkeys' Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino. However, none of them managed to keep it at bay for more than one week.

The Greatest Showman has been pretty consistent when it comes to sales, but its highest sales week was back in February, on its sixth week at Number 1, when it was over 36,000 ahead of nearest rival Ed Sheeran.

The closest gap between The Greatest Showman and its nearest rival for the top was a combined sales and streams figure of just 946, in May. The unlucky runner-up? Snow Patrol's Wildness. 

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