The most popular Netflix movies and series of all time, 2021 – Quartz


Netflix’s most popular series is Bridgerton and his most popular film is Extraction. These numbers were presented by company chief Ted Sarandon at the Code Recode conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Yesterday. That’s a pretty rare glimpse into the preferences of Netflix’s global subscriber base – and of course – the company’s marketing and business priorities.

Netflix has been more open about its audience figures in recent years, but remains very protective of the statistics it shares publicly. One reason may be that only 3% of Netflix’s most watched content is produced by the company, according to an industry estimate. This is despite the company’s ability to give its original shows and movies more prominent locations on the platform’s interface.

Most Popular Netflix Movies of All Time

The most popular movie on Netflix is Extraction. The 2020 action movie starring Chris Hemsworth has been watched by 99 million Netflix accounts. At the end of the quarter the movie was released, there were around 193 million Netflix subscribers according to the company’s financial statements. This means that more than half of all accounts watched at least two minutes of Extraction. (Netflix counts a “view” as soon as an account watches two minutes of a show).

Although fewer accounts looked at Bird box, the total time spent watching it is much higher. It was a movie that didn’t have to be good to be popular. Bird box kept viewers 22% longer than Extraction even if it is only 7% longer. Irish– a 3.5-hour Martin Scorsese crowd film – comes in third for time watched without making it into the top 10 by accounts.

The most popular Netflix TV series and series of all time

Bridgerton ‘The first season is the most popular show of all time on Netflix, followed by the first seasons of Lupine and The witcher. Bridgerton was the first show from mega-producer Shonda Rhimes made for the company and even Netflix underestimated its popularity. The company’s initial one-month audience estimate for the show – which it made in the days following its release – was only 63 million.

French language Lupine taking second place is a beacon of hope for filmmakers and producers outside the English-speaking world. Likewise, Netflix subscribers spent more time with Money theft—A program filmed in Spanish — than any other program other than Bridgerton.


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