Netflix’s biggest hit series and movies, ranked (according to Netflix)

by Barbara R. Abercrombie
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For years, Netflix was notoriously mouthful of its viewers. But after a few years of dropping statistics for some of its programs quarterly, Netflix launched a website in mid-November with charts of the most popular shows and movies from the past week and a global ranking of the most-watched titles.

Updated each week and ranked by total hours subscribers watched, the charts represent unprecedented data about what’s hot on Netflix. The site provides information on the most popular titles from the past week worldwide and for over 90 individual countries. And it’s meant to give subscribers like you a better sense of the biggest hits on the world’s largest subscription streaming service, hoping to discover something new to watch.

The company updates its weekly “Top 10 on Netflix” every Tuesday, based on the hours watched Monday through Sunday the week before for both original and licensed titles. The ranking is divided into the top 10 charts for movies in English, TV in English, movies in non-English, and TV in non-English. In addition to global charts, Netflix offers rankings for over 90 countries.

The most watched titles are also ranked on the site, detailing shows with the most watch hours in the first 28 days of release. It is updated every Tuesday when programs hit the charts the week before.

Netflix’s most-watched TV shows ranked.

The following are Netflix’s most-watched series, based on Netflix’s reporting of total hours watched in the first 28 days of each title’s release. If a new season releases its two-part episodes on different dates, Netflix counts the watch time of the first part episodes for their first 28 days and then calculates the watch time of the second part episodes for their first 28 days.

All ranking changes from the previous week are in bold.

Squid Game (season 1) is a Korean survival thriller at 1.65 billion hours. Stranger Things (season 4), a retro sci-fi series — 883.8 million hours. Money Heist (part 5), a Spanish-language thriller — 792.2 million hours. Bridgerton (season 2), a romantic period — 656.3 million hours. Bridgerton (season 1) — 625.5 million hours. Money Heist (part 4) — 619 million hours. Stranger Things (season 3), a retro sci-fi series — 582.1 million hours. Lucifer (season 5), a fantasy police procedure — 569.5 million hours. All of Us Are Dead, a Korean zombie thriller set in a high school — 560.8 million hours. The Witcher (season 1), a fantasy show — 541 million hours. Inventing Anna, a true-crime limited series about a fake socialite — 511.9 million hours of 13 Reasons Why (season 2), a controversial teen drama — 496.1 million hours. Ozark (season 4), a crime drama series — 491.1 million hours. The Witcher (season 2) — 484.3 million hours.


Additional high-ranking shows bumped off Netflix’s official charts:

13 Reasons Why (season 1) — 475.6 million hours Maid, a limited series about a young mother on the run from abuse — 469.1 million hours. You (season 3), a psychological thriller — 467.8 million hours. You (season 2) — 457.4 million hours. Stranger Things (season 2) — 427.4 million hours. Money Heist (part 3) — 426.4 million hours. Sex Education (season 3), a British teen drama — 419 million hours. Money Heist (part 5 ) — 395.1 million hours. Ginny & Georgia (season 1), a dramedy about a young mother and children — 381 million hours.

Café con Aroma de Mujer (season 1), a Colombian telenovela — 326.9 million hours. Lupine (part 1), a French robbery show — 316.8 million hours. Elite (season 3), a Spanish teen drama — 275.3 million hours. Who killed Sarah? (season 1), a Mexican mystery thriller — 266.4 million hours. Elite (season 4) — 257.1 million hours. The Queen of Flow (season 2), a Colombian musical telenovela — 230.3 million hours. Lupine (part 2) — 214.1 million hours. Dark Desire (season 1), a Mexican dramatic thriller — 213 million hours.

Netflix’s most-watched movies ranked.

The following are Netflix’s most-watched movies, based on Netflix’s reporting of total hours watched in the first 28 days of each title’s release. Any changes are in bold.

Red Notice, an action movie starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds — 364 million hours. Don’t Look Up is a dark comedy with an all-star cast — 359.8 million hours. Bird Box, a post-apocalyptic movie starring Sandra Bullock — 282 million hours. The Adam Project, a sci-fi adventure comedy — 233.2 million hours. Extraction, an action movie starring Chris Hemsworth — 231.3 million hours. A drama about a woman rebuilding her life after prison — 214.7 million hours. The Irishman, a period mafia epic directed by Martin Scorsese — 214.6 million hours. The Kissing Booth 2, a teen romcom sequel — 209.3 million hours. 6 Underground, an explosive Michael Bay party starring Ryan Reynolds — 205.5 million hours. Spencer Confidential, an action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg — 197.3 million hours.

Former Top Movies Bumped From Netflix’s Official Charts:

Enola Holmes, a detective film of that era — 189.9 million hours. Army of the Dead, a heist in a zombie apocalypse — 187 million hours. The Old Guard, an action thriller starring Charlize Theron — 186 million hours. Murder Mystery, a comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston — 170 million hours.

It seems that Netflix has never released a non-English language film that generated enough viewing hours to make it into the overall best-viewed rankings. But other popular non-English movies on Netflix include:

Blood Red Sky, a German/British action horror film set during a plane hijacking — 110.5 million hours. The Platform, a Spanish social commentary wrapped in a horror film — 108.1 million hours. Black Crab, a Swedish apocalyptic war thriller starring Noomi Rapace — 94.1 million hours. Through My Window, a Spanish teen novel — 92.4 million hours. The Takedown, a French police comedy — 78.6 million hours. Below Zero, a Spanish action thriller about an escape from a prison transport vehicle — 78.3 million hours. Rogue City, a French action thriller about an unorthodox team of cops — 66, 6 million hours. The Forgotten Battle, a Dutch film about the Second World War — 60.9 million hours. Restless, a French action thriller — 59.1 million hours. Lost Bullet is like a Fast & Furious movie, but French is 58.3 million hours.

Former non-English top films that have been bumped out of the top 10 include:

Spoiled Brats is a French comedy about rich siblings tricked into earning their living — 56.9 million hours. #Alive, a South Korean on a gamer’s attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse — 54.6 million hours. Space Sweepers, a South Korean space western with a weaponized child android — 53.3 million hours. The Last Mercenary, a French action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme — 52.1 million hours. Just Another Christmas, a Brazilian Christmas comedy — 48 million hours.

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