Over the years, Netflix hasn’t been very transparent about how it determines a show or movie is successful on its platform. In a bid to tackle this, Netflix says it has heard a lot of feedback concerning its metrics and now has a “Top 10” website where anyone can access to see the weekly global and country lists for its most popular titles.
The data on the website is comprehensive and extensive for English and non-English titles. Netflix’s top 10 website contains global and country-specific data in all markets where the streaming service is operating. There are also all-time statistics and Netflix lets users download them in Excel or TSV formats.
For current global rankings for English films, it was not a surprise to see the blockbuster Red Notice topping the chart with over 148.7 million viewing hours in its first week. The Romantic-comedy movie, Love Hard is number two with a distant 58.5 million viewing hours. For non-English movies, Yara is topping the chart having racked up 17.9 million viewing hours, while 7 Prisoners is in number two with 9.6million viewing hours. The newly released Narcos: Mexico: Season 3 is number one for English TV shows with 50.2 million hours, and it wasn’t a surprise to see Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game in first place for non-English with 42.7 million viewing hours.
While the Top 10 website may not answer all metric questions including how many viewers actually completed a movie or show, it has a lot of data that could help observers or viewers determine how a title is really performing. Since viewership also determines if a show is renewed for a new season, this could spur some studios to up their game.