Netflix Drops Some Knowledge On How And What We Binge Watch The Most

Netflix Drops Some Knowledge On How And What We Binge Watch The Most

Ever wonder if your Netflix binge habits are normal? If you were the only one that took a week to watch the latest season of House of Cards or didn’t sleep for two days to finish the first season of Narcos? Well, now Netflix is pulling the curtain back on people’s viewing habits and the results are…interesting.

The streaming service developed a “binge scale” to describe how we watch. At one end is “shows to savor” that they say are “thought-provoking/open to interpretation” and that are watched more slowly, typically watch less than two hours. At this end are irreverent comedies (Bojack Horseman), political dramas (House of Cards) and historical dramas (Narcos). At the opposite end are “shows to devour,” described as ones that “garner a reaction/elicit emotional response” that we watch more quickly, more than two hours a day. Included here are thrillers (The Fall), horror (Hemlock Grove) and sci-fi (Sense8). Right smack in the middle are superhero dramas (Marvel’s Daredevil), crime dramas (Bloodline, dramatic comedies (OITNB), and action & adventure (Marco Polo).

Interestingly, according to Business Insider, “Netflix found that episode length had no effect on how fast a show was consumed, and that on average, people completed a show in just six days.”

Let’s be honest – I don’t know who the hell Netflix was looking at when they collected this data, but it’s never taken me six days to finish any show on Netflix, particularly one that’s amazing like Bloodline. Hell, I watched all of Fuller House in one day and that was laughably bad. But then again, maybe what this data really shows is that I’m the weird one with no life who watches way too much Netflix?

[via Business Insider]

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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