Netflix Looks at Which Shows Are Most Binge-Watched

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Netflix popularized binge viewing. But some of its shows are more binge-able than others.

The streaming service, which does not release viewership data for its programming, on Tuesday offered a bit of information about how much time viewers spend watching its original series and other shows available on its service.

Netflix measured the amount of time that users spent watching more than 100 different titles. The median viewing time for a Netflix user watching one title was two hours and 10 minutes per sitting, the company found, with the median time for completing a series standing at six days. It then divided its titles up into two categories — “savored” and “devoured.”

Titles in the “devoured” camp included “Sense8,” “Orphan Black,” “The 100,” “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “The Fall,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hemlock Grove,” “Marco Polo,” “Breaking Bad” and “Grace & Frankie.” Those were typically completed in four days and viewed roughly two hours, 30 minutes per sitting.

On the “savored” side are “House of Cards,” “Bloodline,” “Peaky Blinders,” “Narcos,” “Daredevil,” “Mad Men,” “BoJack Horseman,” “Love” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Those titles are typically completed in six days and viewed roughly one hour and 45 minutes per sitting.

Netflix analyzed viewing data from more than 190 countries from October 2015 to May 2016 for the survey.

Here’s the Netflix “binge scale.”

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  1. Sven says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. The shows that people view less on average are pretty boring and people just force themselves through them hoping it’ll get better. House of Cards and Bloodline are 2 shows I gave up on. Surprised there are people who can finish them. I can tell that shows like The Walking Dead, Orphan Black, etc all have something those savoured shows don’t have. An incentive to watch the next episode.

    • michael says:

      The walking Dead treats its audience like idiots.

      So many fake deaths, no wonder the masses like you keep tuning in.

  2. I tend to binge. I devour Bloodline and Orange is the New Black. House of Cards takes me longer.

  3. Gary Denton says:

    This original article was horribly mangled.
    It is nice it got corrected but professional news organizations acknowledge when an article is corrected, added to, and changed.

  4. Bobbi says:

    Binge watching, isn’t a mere two hours! REAL binging, is a rare full day to yourself, throwing on a pair of sweats, a bottle of wine, popcorn…not answering the door or phone… and watching an ENTIRE SEASON! Now that’s binging and pure heaven! Oh, yeah – and not feeling guilty….

  5. Jon says:

    The Netflix PR department gets Variety to do their bidding.

  6. How is “Pretty Little Liars” not in either of these categories???

  7. EricJ says:

    Admit it, people–You don’t binge-watch because you’re “hooked on the show”. You binge-watch because all series now string you out with a soap-opera cliffhanger, and you’re too stupid-lazy to click to some other viewing option before the “Next Episode in 10 Seconds” timer automatically brings it up, with opening credits already out of the way, to satisfy you.

    That’s not a “trend”, that’s just feeding cattle.

  8. David K says:

    so not really any concrete data from Netflix, just another way to promote their library

  9. Bloodline … Friday night, Saturday and Sunday … done. And I was sad when I finished Season 2 … I miss those disfunctional Rayburns!

  10. SaMe Woods says:

    I wouldn’t call six days for a season “real” binge-watching ;).

  11. Mar Tim says:

    That is me with House of Cards

  12. It’s awesome that Bloodline and Peaky Blinders are in the devoured category – that’s what I do with them.

  13. Tony says:

    Someone is half asleep.

    What crazzzzzy title shall we create Variety style for this mess? Keyboard Basher or Kasher? Might make sense.

    “Kasher knocks out bad article”

  14. Kevin says:

    A”senior” TV writer authored this? Really? Edit please and refresh. Thanks.

  15. Brady says:

    This article is a mess

  16. Jedi77 says:

    So, both camps were “devoured”?
    What happened to “Savoured”?

  17. Dan says:

    Story needs editing.

  18. jr says:

    the errors in this article are horrendous

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