Skip to content

These are Netflix's Most Popular Shows (According to Netflix)

We analyzed eight months of Netflix viewership data to determine what is and isn’t working on the world’s most popular TV network.

Production still from ‘The Queen of Flow.’

Production still from ‘The Queen of Flow.’

Source: Netflix

Nobody in Hollywood knows for sure what works on Netflix.

The company releases statistics like “26 million people watched this show in the first 28 days.” That sounds impressive. But we don’t know what it really means. Netflix tells partners that it’s happy, or that a show is big in Japan. But that’s anecdotal, and doesn’t let anyone compare it to other shows. (It’s worth noting that Netflix is more transparent about viewership than any other streaming service.)