Netflix Viewing Data For Over 18,000 Titles Revealed In Extensive Report: The Night Agent, Wednesday Lead The Pack


As part of Netflix’s attempts to boost data transparency, the streaming platform has now released its first detailed viewership data report, with information on the most popular movies and shows. The list includes 18,214 titles available on the platform, each of which has garnered over 50,000 hours over six months — January to June. While the company already offers a list of its monthly Top 10 titles, this report has been gathered over a longer period and is, therefore, in-depth with details of three main aspects — whether the title is available globally, its release date, and hours viewed. Leading the pack is the Gabriel Basso-led The Night Agent with 812.1 million hours of watch time, charting the tale of a low-level FBI agent who gets roped into a major government conspiracy.

Second on the list is Ginny & Georgia season 2 with 665.1 million hours, followed closely by the South Korean thriller Glory with 622.8 million hours viewed. Jenna Ortega starrer Wednesday, the global phenomenon drawing from the infamous Addams Family, racked up 507.7 million hours, taking the fourth place on the list — despite having released in November last year and bested Stranger Things 4 at the time. And finally, we have Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story in fifth place at 503 million hours viewed.

It is worth stressing, however, that Netflix has curated this list using total hours viewed, rather than the formula it came up with to measure ‘views’ when listing the monthly Top 10s. In it, the company would take the hours viewed and divide it by the runtime to calculate the total number of views.

Netflix says it will publish such extensive reports twice a year — the next one detailing the most in-demand titles from July to December — entirely accessible to the public via a downloadable spreadsheet. Much of the sheet is dominated by Netflix originals, with Rana Naidu season 1 being the only Indian entry among the top 400, with 46.3 million hours of view time. “We believe the viewing information in this report — combined with our weekly Top 10 and Most Popular lists — will give creators and our industry deeper insights into our audiences, and what resonates with them,” the blog post reads. The lack of streamer data was one of the biggest points of contention during the Hollywood labour strikes, with writers and actors demanding residuals for reruns of shows and movies they’d worked on. It was easy to calculate when things were repeatedly broadcast on cable, but with the advent of streaming platforms, those numbers were no longer disclosed.

As the writers’ strike came to a halt, major production studios — including the aforementioned Netflix — were forced to be more transparent in sharing streaming data with the guild. That said, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos claims — despite the convenient timing — that the streamer always planned on being more open toward its creators and acknowledged how this workflow might have led to mistrust over time. “The unintended consequence of not having more transparent data about our engagement was that it created an atmosphere of mistrust over time with producers and creators and the press about what was happening on Netflix,” Sarandos said in a call (via Deadline).

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The Night Agent

  • Release Date 23 March 2023
  • Genre Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Cast

    Gabriel Basso, Luciane Buchanan, Hong Chau, D.B. Woodside, Enrique Murciano, Eve Harlow, Sarah Desjardins, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Phoenix Raei

  • Director

    Seth Gordon

  • Producer

    David Beaubaire, Seth Fisher, Seth Gordon, Julia Gunn, Marney Hochman, Paul Neinstein, Shawn Ryan, William Sherak, Nicole Tossou, James Vanderbilt

Ginny & Georgia Season 2

  • Release Date 5 January 2023
  • Genre Comedy, Drama
  • Cast

    Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca, Jennifer Robertson, Felix Mallard, Sara Waisglass, Scott Porter, Raymond Ablack

  • Director

    Anya Adams, Audrey Cummings, Danishka Esterhazy, James Genn

  • Producer

    Jenny Daly, Debra J. Fisher, Holly A. Hines, Daniel Iron, Sarah Lampert, Armand Leo, Daniel March, Lance Samuels, Jeff Tahler, Anya Adams, James Genn

The Glory Season 1

  • Release Date 30 December 2022
  • Genre Drama
  • Cast

    Song Hye-kyo, Jung Ji-so, Lee Do-hyun, Lim Ji-yeon, Shin Ye-eun, Yeom Hye-ran, Park Sung-hoon, Jung Sung-il, Cha Joo-young, Kim Hi-eora, Kim Gun-woo

  • Director

    Ahn Gil-ho

Wednesday Season 1

  • Release Date 23 November 2022
  • Genre Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Cast

    Jenna Ortega, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci

  • Director

    Tim Burton

  • Producer

    Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Tim Burton, Gail Berman, Kayla Alpert, Steve Stark, Jonathan Glickman, Andrew Mittman

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

  • Release Date 4 May 2023
  • Genre Biography, Drama, History, Romance
  • Cast

    Michelle Fairley, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Golda Rosheuvel, India Amarteifio, Tunji Kasim, Hugh Sachs, Katie Brayben, Julia Westcott-Hutton, Corey Mylchreest, Cyril Nri, Sam Clemmett, Keir Charles, Connie Jenkins-Greig, Richard Cunningham, Arsema Thomas, Rob Maloney

  • Director

    Tom Verica

  • Producer

    Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Tom Verica

Rana Naidu

  • Release Date 10 March 2023
  • Genre Crime, Drama
  • Cast

    Rana Daggubbati, Venkatesh Daggubbati, Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Suchitra Pillai, Gaurav Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajesh Jais

  • Director

    Karan Anshuman, Suparn Verma

  • Producer

    Aaron Sunder

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Rahul Chettiyar is a Sub-Editor at Gadgets 360 and writes about entertainment and video games. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, Sekiro and Elden Ring speed runs, and David Fincher video essays. Before joining here, he solely handled the gaming section at Indian Express Online. You can write to him at [email protected]. More

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