Netflix: Here's When People Get Hooked on Shows

You'd think it'd be the pilot, but no
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2015 11:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you're hoping to avoid adding another TV show to your must-watch list, Netflix has a plan to help you out: All you have to do is skip a particular episode and you should be in the clear. Well, maybe. Based on first season viewing data from 25 different shows in 16 markets, including the US and UK, the company identified the point at which at least 70% of viewers finished the rest of the season, reports ABC News and the Verge. A sample:

  • Breaking Bad: Episode 2
  • Dexter: Episode 3
  • House of Cards: Episode 3
  • Mad Men: Episode 6
  • Orange Is the New Black: Episode 3
  • Scandal: Episode 2
  • Sons of Anarchy: Episode 2
  • The Walking Dead: Episode 2

Since none of the shows hooked viewers during the pilot, Netflix's content chief says "this gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made," per the Verge. Interestingly, the Dutch seemed to get hooked the fastest—about one episode sooner than the rest—while those in Australia and New Zealand lagged one to two episodes behind. Click for the full list. (Read more Netflix stories.)

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