On November 16, 2021, Netflix launched the “Top10 on Netflix” – a website with weekly global and country lists of the most popular titles (films or TV).
“Top 10 on Netflix” publishes new lists every Tuesday based on hours viewed from Monday to Sunday the previous week for both originals and licensed titles. The lists are broken down into Global Top 10 lists for Films (English), TV (English), Films (Non-English) and TV (Non-English), as well as TV and Film rankings for over 90 countries.
The charts represent an unprecedented treasure of data about what’s popular on the streaming platform. And it’s meant to help subscribers better understand the biggest hits on the streaming service, hoping you’ll discover something new to watch.
A ranking of all-time most watched titles also lives on the site, detailing shows with the most viewing hours in their first 28 days of release. Netflix also has these split into films in English, TV in English, films in non-English, and TV in non-English.
Netflix’s most-watched movies
Find Netflix’s most-watched movies as of December 20 in the table below, based on the platform’s reporting of total hours viewed in the first 28 days of each title’s release.
|Title||Release date/country||Hours watched|
|Red Notice||November 5, 2021 (Nigeria)||364 million hours|
|Don’t Look Up||December 10, 2021 (Nigeria)||359.8 million hours|
|Bird Box||December 14, 2018 (USA)||282 million hours|
|The Gray Man||July 15, 2022 (Nigeria)||253.9 million hours|
|The Adam Project||Initial: February 28, 2022||233.2 million hours|
|Extraction||Initial: April 24, 2020||231.3 million hours|
|Purple Hearts||Initial: July 29, 2022||228.7 million hours|
|The Unforgivable||November 25, 2021 (Germany)||214.7 million hours|
|The Irishman||November 1, 2019 (USA)||214.6 million hours|
|The Kissing Booth 2||Initial: July 24, 2020||209.3 million hours|
Netflix’s most-watched TV series
The following are Netflix’s most-watched series as of December 20, based on the streaming platform’s reporting of total hours viewed in the first 28 days of each title’s release. If a new season releases its episodes in two volumes on different dates, Netflix counts the watch time of the first volume’s episodes for their first 28 days, and then it counts the watch time of the second volume’s episodes for their first 28 days.
|Title||Release date||Hours watched|
|Squid Game (season 1)||Sep 17, 2021||1.65 billion hours|
|Stranger Things (season 4)||May 27, 2022||1.35 billion hours|
|Wednesday||Nov 23, 2022||1.2 billion hours|
|Dahmer||Sep 16, 2022||856.2 million hours|
|Money Heist (part 5)||Sep 3, 2021||792.2 million hours|
|Bridgerton (season 2)||Mar 25, 2022||656.3 million hours|
|Bridgerton (season 1)||Dec 25, 2020||625.5 million hours|
|Money Heist (part 4)||Apr 3, 2020||619 million hours|
|Stranger Things (season 3)||Jul 4, 2019||582.1 million hours|
|Lucifer (season 5)||May 28, 2021||569.5 million hours|
Widely watched non-English language movies as of December 20 include:
|Title||Release date/country||Hours watched|
|Troll||Dec 1, 2022, Norway||144.4 million hours|
|Blood Red Sky||Jul 23, 2021, Germany||110.5 million hours|
|The Platform||Nov 8, 2019, Spain||108.1 million hours|
|All Quiet on the Western Front||Sep 29, 2022, Germany||101.4 million hours|
|Black Crab||Mar 18, 2022, Sweden||94.1 million hours|
|Through My Window||Feb 4, 2022, Spain||92.4 million hours|
|The Takedown||May 6, 2022, France||78.6 million hours|
|Below Zero||Jan 29, 2021, Spain||78.3 million hours|
|Loving Adults||Aug 26, 2022, Denmark||67.3 million|
|Rogue City||Oct 30, 2020, France||66.6 million hours|
There are buts to Netflix’s reporting, though:
- The published hours are rounded to the nearest 10,000 to account for any fluctuations in internet connectivity worldwide.
- The hours published are based on the viewership information before publication on Tuesday. Any late-arriving viewership information (e.g., from offline viewing of downloaded episodes or films) after the publication on Tuesday is therefore excluded from the weekly lists. This late-arriving viewership information is included in the Most Popular list once the title reaches 28 days.
- Netflix publishes new weekly lists each Tuesday, but delays in viewership information collection and processing (e.g., from an infrastructure outage) could delay the publication timing.
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