Netflix Tell Us the Shows People Binge-Watch the Most

Publish Date
Friday, 10 June 2016, 8:44AM

How long do you reckon it takes to finish a complete season of a show? 

Not long, according to Netflix. 

Subscribers who finish the first season of a TV show generally wrap it up in a week, Netflix says. And those viewers are dedicating a significant part of their time to do it: They watch about two hours a day.

These are some findings coming from a study Netflix released this week after looking into its global database of subscribers and how they watched the first seasons of more than 100 television series over a recent seven-month stretch.

Using median figures, the findings show that some shows are consumed quickly, while others are viewed at a slightly slower clip. The stuff viewers lap up? Horror and thrillers. The shows that take them slightly longer? Political dramas and sophisticated comedies.

Here are some of the trends Netflix identified among first-season viewers in the United States:

The Very Fast Binger

How quick: The median amount of time for a user to finish a season is four days. Time spent watching each day is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Genre types: Horror, thrillers, sci-fi


Breaking Bad
Sons of Anarchy 
The Fall
The Walking Dead 
American Horror Story
Orphan Black

Holland said these kinds of shows "were truly propulsive, straight-up genre stuff. These are the ones that people push through much faster and not necessarily have to think about the issues or unpack all the jokes or take a break from the big drama moment."

The Fairly Quick Binger

How quick: The median amount of time users take to finish a season is five days. Time spent watching each day is about 2 hours 10 minutes.

Genre types: Dramatic comedies, crime dramas, superhero shows


The Blacklist
Orange Is the New Black 
Nurse Jackie 
Marvel's Jessica Jones

The Slightly More Relaxed Binger

How quick: The median amount of time to finish a season is six days. Time spent watching each day is about 1 hour 45 minutes.

Genre types: Political dramas, irreverent comedies, historical dramas


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Arrested Development
House of Cards 
The West Wing -
Mad Men

When jokes from a show like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, are being fired at a machine-gun rate, people tend to take more time between episodes to digest them, Holland said. And the company found that with political dramas like House of Cards and The West Wing, viewers tend to "take a breath," she said.

Subscribers who did not finish the first season of a show were not included in the study done by Netflix. 

Holland said the study proved to the company that, yes, Netflix viewers were binge-inclined, and reinforced the company's faith in its policy of releasing all the episodes of an original series at once.