Most Popular Netflix Movies & TV Series, Ranked By Total Viewing Time – Deadline

By Tom Tapp
Deputy Managing Editor
Netflix released a treasure trove of data on its most popular movies and series that threw new light onto just how incredibly popular some of its offerings have been. What’s more, the streamer committed to doing so on a weekly basis. The weekly data will reflect total hours viewed, rather than the company’s previous metric of at least two minutes of watch time counting as a “household view.”
Deadline curated running lists of the most popular Netflix shows and movies by household views up until the metrics changed in Nov. 2021. You can see them here.
Given the streamer’s switch to total hours viewed as its core metric, we’ve created new tallies of its most-watched movies and series on Netflix. Those lists are below and, unlike the Netflix listings, they blend both English and non-English fare into one definitive list each for TV and movies. Release dates are listed for context.

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MOST-WATCHED TV
1.) Squid Game: Season 1, released 9/17/2021 – 1.6B
2.) Bridgerton: Season 1, released 12/25/2020 – 625M
3.) Money Heist: Part 4, released 4/2/2020 – 619M
4.) Stranger Things 3, released 7/4/2019 – 582M
5.) The Witcher: Season 1, released 12/20/2019 – 541M
6.) 13 Reasons Why: Season 2, released 5/18/2018 – 496M
7.) 13 Reasons Why: Season 1, released 3/31/2017 – 476M
8.) Maid: Limited Series, released 10/1/2021 – 469M
9.) You: Season 3, released 10/15/2021 – 468M
10.) You: Season 2, released 12/26/2019 – 457M
MOST-WATCHED FILMS
1.) Red Notice, released 11/12/2021 – 328.8M
2.) Bird Box, released 12/14/2018 – 282M
3.) Extraction, released 4/24/2020 – 231M
4.) The Irishman, released 11/27/2019- 215M
5.) The Kissing Booth 2, released 7/24/2020 – 209M
6.) 6 Underground, released 12/10/2019 – 205M
7.) Spenser Confidential, released 3/6/2020 – 197M
8.) Enola Holmes, released 9/23/2020 – 190M
9.) Army of the Dead, released 5/21/2021 – 187M
10.) The Old Guard, released 7/10/2020 – 186M
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