Whenever Netflix releases the viewership of its original work, they always give a warning: its (very light-hearted) methodology. Netflix counts watching a two-minute TV show or movie as one viewing. But, after the first few minutes, who didn’t give up something? If you play for half an hour in an eight-episode one-hour series, have you really “watched” the series? Netflix seems to think so. It always makes Netflix data less meaningful, which may be why it has now announced the total viewing time of its top 10 original movies and series, including extraction, money robbery, wizards, stranger things, death army, etc. Prove that most Netflix subscribers are watching the last.
At the Vox Media Code Conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that Bridgetton, a regent-era London romance produced by Shondaland, was in the top four Leading a few weeks after the release with 625 million hours of viewing time. If you average the 82 million households who watched “Bridgeton” in the first 28 days, it would be 7 hours and 37 minutes. The first season of Bridgetown ran for a total of 8 hours and 10 minutes.
In terms of movies, “Bird Box” led by Sandra Bullock stood out with 282 million hours of viewing time in the first 28 days. Bird Box was watched by 89 million Netflix subscribers in the first 4 weeks, so the average viewing time was 3 hours and 10 minutes. This is much longer than its running time of 2 hours and 4 minutes, which means repeated viewing. Extraction is the most watched movie by Chris Hemsworth with 99 million households, ranking second with 231 million hours. This averages 2 hours and 20 minutes, which is slightly higher than its running time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.
The same is true for Season 4 of “Money Robbery” (619 million hours) and “Stranger Things 3” (582 million hours). This popular Spanish series was watched by 65 million Netflix members in the first 28 days, with an average duration of 9 hours and 31 minutes. But the 4th season of Money Robbery only had 6 hours and 38 minutes. “Stranger Things 3” averages 8 hours and 41 minutes, and the third season is 7 hours and 29 minutes. The average ratings of “The Witcher” are slightly lower than the running time of its first season.
Here is a complete list of Netflix’s top 10 most watched TV shows and movies by viewing time in the first four weeks after their release:
Netflix’s top 10 most watched episodes
- Bridgerton Season 1, 625 million
- Money Robbery Season 4, 619 million
- Stranger Things 382 million
- The Witcher Season 1, 541 million
- 13 reasons for Season 2, 496 million
- 13 reasons for the 476 million in season 1
- Your Season 2 457 million
- Stranger Things 2,427 million
- Money Robbery Season 3, 426 million
- Ginny and Georgia Season 1, 381 million
Top 10 most popular movies on Netflix
- Bird Box, 282 million
- Extracted, 231 million
- Irish, 215 million
- The Kissing Booth 2, 209 million
- 6 Underground, 205 million
- Spencer Confidential, 197 million
- Enola Holmes, 190 million
- Undead army, 187 million
- Old guard, 186 million
- Murder mystery, 170 million