Weekly The Generation, Year 1, Issue 16
December 19, 2023
BBC: Netflix released its first comprehensive set viewing figures earlier this week, revealing The Night Agent, Wednesday and Queen Charlotte to be among the streamer’s most-watched hits.
It gave the TV industry a glimpse of which shows performed best with subscribers – previously, Netflix had been criticised for being too secretive, often not even telling the people who produced a show how well-watched it was.
“We believe the viewing information in this report… will give creators and our industry deeper insights into our audiences, and what resonates with them,” the company said as it released the data on Wednesday.
But the report left a few key unanswered questions.
Netflix ranks its viewing data is by the total number of hours viewed – and FBI thriller The Night Agent came out on top, with 812 million hours viewed.
It’s a reasonable metric, but one that favours certain shows, and comes with several caveats.