Netflix statistics reveal the shows you watched before its superhero series

Matt Sayer 23 August 2017 NEWS


There's a good chance these are the shows that got you hooked on the Marvel Universe.

Netflix revealed a host of interesting statistics today, shedding light on the viewing habits of users who watched the streaming service's four major Marvel series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

In a study conducted across more than 40 countries between 2015 and 2017, Netflix discovered that shows with moral grey areas and anti-heroes like House of Cards, Breaking Bad and Dexter often acted as a gateway to binge-watching Daredevil. Jessica Jones drew viewers who had spent a lot of time watching shows with strong female leads and snappy humour like Orange is the New Black and Master of None.


For Luke Cage, dark series with complex concepts, such as Black Mirror and Narcos, proved most common in winning viewers over to the superhero show. Iron Fist drew in fans of coming-of-age stories like 13 Reasons Why and Shameless.

Along with the gateway shows, Netflix also found that one in eight viewers of its Marvel shows had never watched comic-book-based series or movies before. Similarly, one in five viewers of Stranger Things had never watched horror shows before, and one in seven viewers of Black Mirror hadn't delved into science fiction previously.

These statistics provide fascinating insight into our streaming habits, and it'll be interesting to see how Netflix uses the data to improve its recommendations in the future.

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