So, Netflix just dropped some numbers on their most-watched shows and movies. Turns out, FBI drama The Night Agent, a quirky series called Wednesday, and Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton are some of the big winners.
A Peek Behind the Curtain
Netflix has been keeping this kind of info hush-hush for a while, which got them some flak. But now, they’re opening up their viewership data, claiming it’ll give creators and industry folks a peek into what clicks with audiences.
But hey, these numbers do leave us scratching our heads a bit.
What the Figures Show
The ranking’s based on the total hours people spent watching these shows. The Night Agent topped the list with a whopping 812 million hours watched. But hang on, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Hold up, where are shows like Stranger Things or The Crown? Well, these numbers only cover January to June 2023. Since these big hitters didn’t drop new episodes during that time, they didn’t make the cut. Instead, newer releases like You, Ginny & Georgia, and Beef took the spotlight.
Slicing and Dicing
Netflix divided up their shows by season, which affected their rankings. For example, The Crown’s season five raked in 76 million hours, but if you combine all five seasons, it climbs to 214 million hours.
A Few Math Head-Scratchers
Netflix boasts The Night Agent got 812 million hours of views, but if you break that down per episode, it’s more like 99 million households, not 81.2 million. The length of episodes throws a spanner in the works.
Movies: The Underdogs
In this TV-heavy lineup, movies get a raw deal. With only a couple of hours compared to series with multiple episodes, they’re at a disadvantage. The top-ranking film, The Mother with J.Lo, hit 14th place with almost 250 million hours – not too shabby, but nowhere near the TV numbers.
The length of films versus TV shows messes with these rankings. A movie’s duration makes it tough to estimate viewership like we do with TV. For instance, Luther: The Fallen Sun, clocking in at over two hours, ranked high, but it’s tricky to gauge how many folks watched it start to finish.
What’s the Real Story?
These stats are cool, sure, but they don’t give us the whole picture. We’re missing details like how many folks actually completed a show or film. So, while these figures are interesting, they’re just one piece of the puzzle.
Netflix’s reveal gives us a peek into what folks are binging, but there’s more to the story. Until we get a breakdown of how many people finished a series or movie, it’s like watching a show halfway through—left hanging!