Netflix Is Experimenting with Releasing Top Tens of Most Watched Content

Unlike Network or Cable Television that releases its viewing figures regularly, Netflix has rarely given much of an insight into how many people are watching. Occasionally, Netflix reveals a little information, but the streaming platform is now experimenting with releasing the top ten most watched TV shows/films that UK subscribers have been binging.

“It’s a test as we want to make sure this information is useful for you. So we may tweak it in the weeks ahead. [For instance], we’re not including kids right now. And if people don’t find it useful we’ll stop.” Explains a Netflix spokesperson.

The insightful report via Deadline reveals the unusual benchmark that Netflix is using to measuring viewers for a series “most-watched individual season of a show, film or special and ‘watched’ means subscribers finished at least 70% of one episode.” Woah there, watching less than one episode of a series that could be eight, ten, or thirteen episodes feels like a pretty unfair way to measure success. The recent Adam Sandler comedy, Murder Mystery, is reportedly the most watched Netflix original with more than 30 million subscribers watching (some of) the film over the last few days.

A top ten for a handful of genres is a long way from viewership numbers, but Netflix is under no obligation to reveal any details. That said, its recent round of cancellations suggest that Netflix is paying far more attention to how many eyeballs are watching any given original in its first month. Here’s the full list of top tens for Netflix UK from the last seven days.

Most-Watched Titles:

1. Murder Mystery (NEW)
2. Black Mirror
3. When They See Us
4. Despicable Me 3
5. I Am Mother
6. Jane The Virgin
7. Designated Survivor
8. Good Girls
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
10. WHAT / IF

Most-Watched Series:

1. Black Mirror
2. When They See Us
3. Jane The Virgin
4. Designated Survivor
5. Good Girls
6. What/If
7. Jessica Jones (NEW)
8. Trinkets (NEW)
9. Gavin & Stacey
10. Dead to Me

Most-Watched Movies:

1. Murder Mystery (NEW)
2. Despicable Me 3
3. I Am Mother
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Baby Driver
6. Always Be My Maybe
7. Snatch
8. Little Fockers
9. Transformers: The Last Knight
10. Storks

The Most-Watched Reality Shows:

1. America’s Got Talent
2. Awake: The Million Dollar Game (NEW)
3. My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
4. Jailbirds
5. RuPaul’s Drag Race
6. Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
7. You vs. Wild
8. Nailed It!
9. Sugar Rush
10. Girls Incarcerated

Most-Watched Documentaries:

1. The Chef Show
2. Blue Planet II
3. Our Planet
4. Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now (NEW)
5. Last Breath
6. Rolling Thunder Revue (NEW)
7. World War II in Colour
8. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
9. Louis Theroux
10. The Ted Bundy Tapes

The Most-Watched Non-English Language:

1. How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
2. Black Spot
3. The Rain
4. Rock My Heart
5. High Seas
6. The 12th Man
7. Luka Chuppi
8. 3%
9. Jinn (NEW)
10. Killer Ratings

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