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Netflix Knows Exactly What You’ve Been Watching

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Netflix has made a name for itself by allowing users to spend hours (and sometimes days) binge-watching their favorite shows.

Now the streaming video on demand company has shared some insights about which shows are the most often watched in a marathon fashion.

Netflix found that on average, viewers watch two hours and 10 minutes a day of a series in order to complete a season. It examined the viewing habits related to 100 shows across 190 countries.

The company found that science fiction, horror, and thriller series like “Sense8,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Breaking Bad” were “devoured” on its “binge scale.” This means that viewers watched more than two hours a day to finish.

On the other hand, comedies, political dramas, and historical dramas are shows that viewers tend to “savor,” watching less than two hours a time. Examples include “Arrested Development,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men.”

In the middle were series like “Daredevil,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Orange is the New Black.”

Netflix doesn’t release its viewership numbers the way traditional TV has for years, and its binge watching index doesn’t necessarily indicate how popular a show is.

Netflix’s top secret viewership has been a point of contention for the company’s competitors, and sometimes its partners, in the TV industry.

Things boiled over in January when NBC research chief Alan Wurtzel hired an outside tech firm to examine Netflix’s ratings and presented them at a press event.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, responded to the numbers by calling them “remarkably inaccurate data.”

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The television shows on Netflix’s Binge Scale, based on global viewing data, are detailed below, from series that are “savored” at the top to ones that are more quickly “devoured” at the bottom. 


Irreverent comedies:
Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Club de Cuervos, F Is for Family, Love, Summer Heights High, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer

Political dramas
Homeland, House of Cards, Occupied, The Good Wife, The West Wing

Historical dramas
Mad Men, Narcos, Peaky Blinders, The Americans

Superhero dramas
Gotham, Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, The Flash

Crime Dramas
Better Call Saul, Bloodline, Fargo, The Blacklist, The Bridge, Twin Peaks


Dramatic Comedies
Flaked, Grace & Frankie, Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black, Parenthood, Rescue Me, Weeds

Action & Adventure
24, Arrow, La Reina del Sur, Marco Polo, Outlander, Prison Break, The Last Kingdom, Turn, Vikings

Ascension, Between, Heroes, Orphan Black, Sense8, The 100, The 4400, Under the Dome

American Horror Story, Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Scream, The Walking Dead, Z Nation

Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, The Fall, The Following, The Killing

by Frank Pallotta

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