Here Are the Most-Streamed Shows on Netflix

Most on the list aren't the service's original content
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2019 10:50 AM CDT
Netflix's Most-Streamed Shows: Not Its Own
A scene from the series finale of NBC's "The Office."   (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)

Despite heavy spending on original content, Netflix can't keep viewers away from favorites for long. Just six Netflix shows are in the top 20 shows streamed on devices connected to the US service in 2018—accounting for 70% to 80% of US Netflix viewing—and only two, Orange Is the New Black and Ozark, are in the top 10, according to Nielsen data shared Tuesday. Nielsen's Brian Fuhrer tells Adweek that viewers like to stick to a show once started. The top five streamed shows, The Office in a comfortable lead, each have more than 200 episodes, while Netflix originals typically have fewer than 100, "are viewed, and then people move on," Fuhrer says, though he adds Netflix shows do better in average ratings per episode. The top 10 shows on Netflix, based on total minutes streamed:

  1. The Office (US): 52.1 billion minutes
  2. Friends: 32.6 billion
  3. Grey's Anatomy: 30.3 billion
  4. NCIS: 21.2 billion
  5. Criminal Minds: 19.7 billion
  6. Shameless: 18.82 billion
  7. Orange Is the New Black: 18.8 billion
  8. Supernatural: 18.3 billion
  9. Parks and Recreation: 14.9 billion
  10. Ozark: 14 billion
At No. 11 comes a Netflix show linked to teen suicides. (Read more Netflix stories.)

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