Australians watched 140 million hours of Netflix a day in 2017

Posted: 12 December 2017 9:42 am


It's official: binge-watching is a worldwide phenomenon.

As the defacto source of entertainment for more and more people these days, Netflix knows a whole lot about our TV-watching habits. It knows every trashy reality TV show we're addicted to, every Oscar-winning classic we simply couldn't find the will to sit through, every lazy Saturday we've spent glued to the couch for five hours straight bingeing shlocky horror films just to laugh at the atrocious acting.

With so much data at its fingertips, Netflix is able to glean some fascinating insights into the world's appetite for entertainment. Looking back at 2017, the streaming service has released some of these insights in the form of its 2017 in bingeing report, highlighting the most popular shows along with our preferred way of watching them.

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The first big talking point is the sheer volume of TV we consumed this year. On average, more than 140 million hours of Netflix were streamed each and every day across the globe, making for a whopping 51.1 billion hours total throughout the entire year. That's roughly equivalent to 710 million lifetimes' worth of TV in just 12 months. Meanwhile, on an individual level, each Netflix subscriber watched an average of 60 movies in 2017, though one particular movie buff reportedly set aside time each and every day to stream Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, never once missing a viewing throughout the course of 2017.

How we clocked up all those hours is just as interesting. Unsurprisingly, much of it was spent binge-watching, with many of us pouring more than two hours a day into series like 13 Reasons Why, Riverdale and The OA. The show that captivated us most, however, was the satirical documentary series American Vandal, topping the list of most-binged shows worldwide.

The most-binged shows in 2017

  1. American Vandal
  2. 3%
  3. 13 Reasons Why
  4. Anne with an E
  5. Riverdale
  6. Ingobernable
  7. Travelers
  8. The Keepers
  9. The OA
  10. The Confession Tapes

As popular as binge-watching was, there were some shows we preferred to take our time with, savouring them in doses of less than two hours a day. Acclaimed historical drama The Crown proved the most popular for pacing out like this, with its thorny political intrigue enjoyed most when given space to breathe between episodes.

The most savoured shows in 2017

  1. The Crown
  2. Big Mouth
  3. Neo Yokio
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  5. GLOW
  6. Friends from College
  7. Ozark
  8. Atypical
  9. Dear White People
  10. Disjointed

Along with the hard viewership numbers, Netflix also conducted a survey of 60,000 of its adult subscribers across 32 countries, asking them what shows they watched as a family as well as the shows they found so compelling they would watch episodes ahead of their significant other.

For family-friendly streaming, Stranger Things proved the top choice, likely so that mum and dad could cover the kids' eyes when the world of the Upside Down reached peak creepiness. For sneaking in episodes ahead of your partner, Narcos took the number one spot, with the captivating 13 Reasons Why following closely in second place.

The most popular shows for family streaming

  1. Stranger Things
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  4. Star Trek Discovery
  5. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  6. Riverdale
  7. Fuller House
  8. Chef's Table
  9. Atypical
  10. Anne with E

The most popular shows for watching ahead of your partner

  1. Narcos
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. Stranger Things
  4. Orange is the New Black
  5. Sense8
  6. Black Mirror
  7. Marvel's The Defenders
  8. Marvel's Iron Fist
  9. Ozark

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