Half of Netflix Bingers Watch a Season in a Week
Site releases survey arguing that it's the 'new normal'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2013 3:35 PM CST
Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – Netflix's binge-watchers are not screwing around. The streaming service released a survey today intended to show how "normal" binge-watching has become. The survey found that 73% of streamers have positive feelings toward binge-watching, and 79% said it made shows more enjoyable. Perhaps more startling, the company told the Wall Street Journal that in a study of users' habits, roughly half watched an entire season in a week, and that roughly 25% polished off 13 episodes in two days.

But these numbers are all slightly less impressive than they sound. For the study in the Journal, Netflix looked only at people who watched 10 "currently popular" shows, and then only if they finished a season within a month—which is already faster than a traditional TV pace. The survey numbers, meanwhile, strip out the roughly half of all respondents that didn't stream TV shows at least once a week. Still, if nothing else, the figures indicate that people who like binge-watching really like binge-watching.

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Dec 15, 2013 5:41 PM CST
I HAD to binge-watch "Lost". That was the only way I could figure out what was going on. Trying to keep up from week to week was just too confusing.
Dec 14, 2013 8:46 PM CST
I can not tell a lie.... I sometimes watch more than one season of a program in a week. I'm scary that way.
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Dec 14, 2013 12:24 AM CST
The producers of "Breaking Bad"concluded that the biggest reason for their success was Netflix. The show enjoyed only mediocre ratings until binge watchers got hold of it. I'm going to try to stretch Season 2 of "House of Cards" over several days, but I don't know if I can help myself...