Netflix reveals the genres we love to binge watch

Finder 9 June 2016 NEWS


A new Netflix binge scale reveals how much time we spend watching different show genres.

Those hours you’ve spent glued to the television binge-watching your favourite show haven’t gone unnoticed. Between October 2015 and May 2016, Netflix kept tabs on its subscribers from 190 countries to see how many hours they spent watching serialised TV shows.

The results have just been published in what the streaming service is calling the "Netflix Binge Scale".

To compile the list, Netflix tracked information on over 100 popular TV shows that were watched more than two hours a day. It then compared that data with the show’s genre and graphed the results on a scale of "Savor" (apologies, it’s an American company) to "Devour".

The scale shows that irreverent comedies and political dramas like Bojack Horseman and House of Cards are not as binge-worthy as thrillers and horrors like Breaking Bad and Z Nation.

The data comes from studying habits of Netflix subscribers in over 190 countries, and only reflects accounts that completed viewing of a show's first season. Shows that were generally watched in sessions exceeding two hours were classified as "devoured", while under two hour sessions rested on the "savored" end.

Overall, the global median days to complete the first season of a series was five days, while the median hours per session for completers overall was two hours and ten minutes, indicating that binge-watching has become the norm for Netflix customers.

If you're looking for something to binge watch, this scale may give you some ideas, though it includes shows not available on Netflix Australia. For a more complete list, check out our Netflix vs Stan vs Presto TV show comparison.

Netflix Binge scale


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