Netflix rates best binge titles

Which shows are devoured by Netflix viewers binge, and which are treasured treats?

2016-06-09_1052Netflix has measured the amount of time that users spent watching more than 100 different titles to work out which shows we Devour in binge sessions, and which are ones we “Savor” (US spelling!)

Devour titles, typically completed in four days and viewed roughly two hours, 30 minutes per sitting, include: House of Cards, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Mad Men, BoJack Horseman, Love and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Savor titles, are typically completed in six days and viewed roughly one hour and 45 minutes per sitting, included: Sense8, Orphan Black, The 100, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, The Fall, Orange Is the New Black, Nurse Jackie and Grace & Frankie.

“As The Binge Scale indicates, the viewing experience of a series can range from the emotional to the thought-provoking,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “Netflix helps you to find a series to binge no matter your mood or occasion, and the freedom to watch that series at your own pace – whether that’s to appreciate the drama of Bloodline or power through Orange is the New Black.”

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 Drama
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

Netflix analyzed more than 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries between October 2015 and May 2016. The research examined member completion of the first season for all series. Data was only included for accounts that fully completed the season. Completion rates were organized into days and hours. The global median days to complete the first season of these series was five days. The median hours per session for completers overall was two hours and ten minutes. Series viewed less than two hours per day were identified as ‘savored.’ Series viewed more than two hours per day were identified as ‘devoured.’ Series were not restricted by launch dates, runtime or number of episodes. Where a series falls on The Netflix Binge Scale has no relation to viewership.

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