When it comes to metrics, Netflix is notoriously private about sharing them. In an uncharacteristic move, the streaming service shared some statistics about their viewership data. It’s more of a bread crumb, but still, it gives some insight on what original programming is the most popular.
Netflix unveiled the Top 20 fastest binge-watched shows on the platform, or as they coined it, “binge-racing.” What is it exactly? It’s the act of speeding through an entire series as quickly as possible. According to Netflix, there are 8.4 million people who participate in binge racing. Guilty as charged here.
“There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from being the first to finish a story — whether it’s the final page of a book or the last, climactic moments of your favorite TV show.” said Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series. “Netflix allows you to watch in a way you never could before, and there’s nothing better than seeing a show engage our members and ignite a passion for viewing.”
There’s definitely a few surprises on the list. I’m not shocked to see Fuller House right up there, but seeing the Ashton Kutcher comedy, The Ranch, in third, completely took me off guard. I haven’t even watched an episode of that and I sat through two episodes of Kathy Bates’ underwhelming Disjointed.
Also making the cut were GLOW, Grace & Frankie, Orange Is The New Black, Stranger Things and Marvel’s The Defenders. Given that Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life only had four episodes, it’s no surprise it topped the list. It’s also no wonder why Netflix execs are wooing the show’s creators hardcore for a second season.
The streaming service also ranked which countries binge-raced the most. Here’s a hint. It’s the land of maple syrup, beavers and led by a really hot Prime Minister. Check out the full lists for both below.
Netflix – Top 20 Binge-Raced Shows
1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2. Fuller House
3. The Ranch
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
5. The Seven Deadly Sins
6. Trailer Park Boys
7. Santa Clarita Diet
8. F is for Family
9. Orange is the New Black
10. Stranger Things
11. Friends from College
12. Grace and Frankie
13. Wet Hot American Summer
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
16. House of Cards
17. Master of None
20. Arrested Development
Netflix – Top 20 Binge Racing Countries
2. United States
12. United Kingdom
14. New Zealand
20. United Arab Emirates
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