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Netflix Has Revealed Its Most-Watched Content

The streaming megalith that is Netflix may boast thousands of titles spanning every genre imaginable, but only a handful of those titles are able to claim the title of its most-watched TV shows and movies.

Netflix was once typically secretive about its viewing data.

However, in recent months – and due, presumably, to an almost total monopolising of the market – it has begun to release select information on some of its most popular premieres.

According to the streamer, and as read in a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, a view only counts “once a view surpasses 70 per cent of the total running time, including credits,” meaning that those who viewed only a portion of the movie before stopping do not have their views count.

Additionally, any subsequent views of the film or series from the same account do not count.

Movies – By viewership, October 2018-September 2019

Bird Box 80 million
Murder Mystery 73 million
Triple Frontier 52 million
The Perfect Date 48 million
Tall Girl 41 million
The Highwaymen 40 million
Secret Obsession 40 million
Always Be My Maybe 32 million
Otherhood 29 million
Fyre 20 million

TV Series  By viewership, October 2018-September 2019

Stranger Things 64 million
The Umbrella Academy 45 million
La Casa de Papel 44 million
You 40 million
Sex Education 40 million
Our Planet 33 million
Unbelievable 32 million
Dead to Me 30 million
When They See Us 25 million
Elite 20 million

Unbelievable and When They See Us have quickly shown there’s a big audience for hard-hitting dramas dealing with issues that are both sensitive and topical. 

Unbelievable, a TV show, based on a ProPublica story and a 'This American Life' episode, exploring multiple sexual assault investigations that ultimately intersect; When They See Us, a harrowing depiction of the wrongly accused Central Park Five case. 

November's new content is far more light-hearted and binge-able. Perhaps colder nights and darker evenings are less conducive to true crime and police interrogations?


1 November  - Wedding Crashers / Queer Eye :  We’re in Japan! / The King /Reservoir Dogs

3 November – A Bad Moms Christmas

4 November – The Devil Next Door

8 November – Green Eggs & Ham

14 November – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

15 November – Klaus

17 November – The Crown

21 November – The Knight Before Christmas

22 November – Nailed It! Holiday! Season 2

23 November – Pitch Perfect 3

24 November – Final Space Season 2

27 November – The Irishman

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