Netflix reveal top 10 most-watched films and TV shows for the first time

Netflix have given an incredibly rare glimpse at their data, sharing the top 10 most popular series and films based on number of accounts and viewing hours…

Netflix reveal top 10 most-watched films and TV shows for the first time
Emily Carter

While Netflix have generally been fairly tight-lipped when it comes to viewing data, co-CEO Ted Sarandos has shared what he has called the "most comprehensive look so far" as the best-performing TV shows and films on the platform.

At Vox Media’s Code Conference on Monday, a slide was shared showing the top 10 most-viewed titles in order for Netflix to try "to be more transparent with the market and talent and everybody" – with the figures counted as accounts that watched at least two minutes of a movie or TV show during its first 28 days of release. Another slide also featured the 'total view hours per title', again, in its first 28 days.

Based on both number of accounts and viewing hours, season one of Bridgerton won massively in the TV series department (82 million accounts / 625 million hours), while Extraction and Bird Box (which featured Machine Gun Kelly) battled it out in first and second for films in both categories.

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On the TV front, millions of accounts were also watching the likes of Lupin: Part 1, The Witcher: Season 1, Sex/Life: Season 1, Stranger Things 3, Money Heist: Part 4 and Tiger King: Season 1 (which bodes well for part two coming later this year).

In films, meanwhile, as well as Extraction and Bird Box, over 80 million accounts all watched (at least two minutes of) Spenser Confidential, 6 Underground and Murder Mystery, while viewing hours were all over 200 million for Bird Box, Extraction, The Irishman, The Kissing Booth 2 and 6 Underground.

And there's plenty of more good stuff to come too – from season 3 of The Umbrella Academy which recently wrapped, to a Ramones biopic starring Pete Davidson

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