Netflix Is Finally Opening Up With Lists of Its Most Popular Shows

By Victoria Song on at

Netflix is notorious for not giving a single shit about ratings. It does not report viewership numbers to investors, entertainment reporters, Hollywood or fans – a fact that can be especially frustrating when popular shows seemingly get cancelled out of the blue. But in a step toward transparency, Netflix has published a series of top 10 lists for the most-watched content in the United Kingdom, according to a Variety report.

Topping the overall list for April is the David Attenborough-narrated nature series Our Planet, followed by romcom flick The Perfect Date starring teen heartthrob Noah Centineo, and crime film The Highwaymen. There are also lists for series, documentaries, films, English-language shows, reality shows and non-English language shows.

The Variety report says that some customers may begin seeing these lists as early as next week, though the format as to how that information will appear is still unclear. Netflix also remains tight-lipped as to what criteria were used to determine what content was “most watched”. The only details Netflix provided was that “watched” meant 70 per cent of one episode was completed. As for hard numbers? Forget it. Though Netflix occasionally teases out viewership information, those instances aren’t consistent and hardly verifiable. You just have to trust Netflix is telling the truth.

Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Gizmodo.

That said, the decision to release the top 10 lists isn’t exactly out of the blue. In a letter to investors for Q2 2019, CEO Reed Hastings explained: “For those who want to watch what others are watching, this may make choosing titles even easier. After a few months, we’ll decide whether to end or expand the test.”

To get a look at Netflix viewing habits here in the UK, you can check out the full top 10 rankings below.

Overall

Our Planet
The Perfect Date
The Highwaymen
The Silence
Black Summer
After Life
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Riverdale
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
You vs. Wild

Series

Black Summer
After Life
Riverdale
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Star Trek: Discovery
Lunatics
Bodyguard
Santa Clarita Diet
Bonding
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Documentaries

Our Planet
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé
The Legend of Cocaine Island
Street Food
The Investigator: A British Crime Story
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Roman Empire
One Strange Rock
Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries

Films

The Perfect Date
The Highwaymen
The Silence
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Someone Great
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Baywatch
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Sniper: Ultimate Kill
Sicario: Day of the Soldado

English-language shows

Quicksand
The Ruthless
Osmosis
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Delhi Crime
Mirage
Bitter Daisies
A Fortunate Man
Burn Out
The Protector

Reality shows

You vs. Wild
RuPaul’s Drag Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!
Queer Eye
Selling Sunset
Impractical Jokers
Sugar Rush
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Love Island
American Idol

Non-English language shows

Quicksand
The Ruthless
Osmosis
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Delhi Crime
Mirage
Bitter Daisies
A Fortunate Man
Burn Out
The Protector

[Variety]

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