Netflix has revealed its top shows and movies based on weekly hours streamed, according to The Los Angeles Times. The lists are accessible to the public at top10.Netflix.com, where it’s possible to sort by films in English, non-English films, TV in English, and non-English TV. The list can also be viewed by country, and each project in the top 10 lists out in which countries it holds that status.
Pablo Perez De Rosso, Netflix’s vice president of content strategy, planning and analysis said in a blog post that “This is an important step forward for Netflix, the creators we work with and our members. People want to understand what success means in a streaming world, and these lists offer the clearest answer to that question in our industry.”
As of this writing, the English film in the number one spot globally is Red Notice, and the number one non-English film is Yara. Other films currently on the list include Passing and Army of Thieves. Season three of Narcos: Mexico sits at the top of the English-language TV list, while, unsurprisingly, Squid Game is #1 for non-English TV.
Another important metric featured on the site is the Most Popular section, which tracks hours viewed in the first 28 days of a program on Netflix. Bird Box holds that distinction for English-language film, with Blood Red Sky as the top non-English film. Season one of Bridgerton is the top English-language TV honor-holder, while Squid Game is more than one billion hours ahead of its closest competitor, Money Heist: Part 4, for non-English TV.
This transparency marks a new step for a streaming service like Netflix since streamers have not tended to open about their viewership data, frustrating those trying to appropriately estimate the value of their projects and pay talent accordingly. Creative Artists Agency co-chairman Richard Lovett said at a conference in October that “Streamers aren’t anxious to share all of their data. They will share some sometimes. We hope we will find a way to understand the partnership in a better way where more data is shared. In the meantime, we’ve got to work really, really hard for our clients so that we will fight for their value and for them to be paid fairly.”
This platform also allows any subscribers who have not yet discovered the most popular programs to continue feeding those numbers, with colorful charts and many options for customization that will make audiences from anywhere able to personalize the numbers and learn what is most popular in their country. Whether this data will remain perpetually available or if other streamers will begin offering similar systems is not yet known.