Netflix unveils most-binged shows of 2018

BBC One co-production Bodyguard and coming-of-age drama On My Block were among Netflix’s most binged US shows of the year.

The global SVOD revealed the shows launched between 1 January and 28 November in the US with the highest average watch time per viewing session.

The service, which is notorious for keeping tight-lipped on viewership data, made clear that the list “has no relation to overall viewing” across its territories.

On My Block, which follows a group of friends in Los Angeles braving the early days of high school, topped its list of most-binged shows, followed by series two of Making a Murderer and 13 Reasons Why; Last Chance U: INDY; Bodyguard; Fastest Car; The Haunting of Hill House; the second series of Anne with an E; Insatiable; and series six of Orange Is the New Black.

Notably missing from the list were high-profile launches such as the sixth and final series of the Robin Wright-led House of Cards; Emma Stone and Jonah Hill-starring dark comedy Maniac; series five of Arrested Development and sci-fi Altered Carbon.

Also absent from the list were any non-English language titles.

Netflix released a similar round-up last year, denoting its most “devoured” and “savoured” programmes, as well as the shows that “got us cheating” and “brought us together”, via a sliding Binge Scale.

The streaming service also revealed its most rewatched films, based on global viewing. The top films were The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Roxanne Roxanne, with almost 50% of viewers re-watching the top two films.

Elsewhere, Netflix’s top stars – according to talent that received the largest percentage growth across their Instagram followings since January – were the Fab Five (Queer Eye); Lana Candor (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before); Joel Courtney (The Kissing Booth); Miguel Herrán (Elite/La Casa de Papel); Jaime Lorente Lopez (Elite/La Casa de Papel); and Maria Pedraza (Elite/La Casa de Papel).

Others included Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/Sierra Burgess is a Loser); Joey King (The Kissing Booth); Hannah Gadsby (Nanette); and Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina).

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