Popular Netflix series The Witcher

Netflix shares most popular shows and movies; lists include rivals’ content

Popular Netflix series The Witcher

As the year draws to a close, Netflix today shared lists of its most popular content to prove, if nothing else, that its original content is just as good as any in light of serious threats to its dominance in recent months, with more to come in 2020.

Two Netflix productions topped its top release of 2019.

The streaming giant shared a series of ‘Top 10 Most Popular’ releases on its platform in the United States for its Netflix What We Watched 2019 – US.

Among its 10 most popular releases for the year, Netflix said its original film “Murder Mystery” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston was the most viewed. The hit Netflix original series “Stranger Things” was second on the list which also includes in-house productions “The Irishman” and “The Witcher”.

Netflix determined popularity by the number of accounts which watched at least two minutes of a programme.

It may be welcomed news for Netflix however cynics may question its methodology which determines popularity by the number of household accounts which watch at least two minutes of a series or film in the first 28 days of release to the streaming service. Previously, Netflix calculated viewership by the number of accounts that completed at least 70 per cent of a programme. The new metric is expected to level the playing field for more long-form titles that may not be completed due to length.

The lists are somewhat of a mixed bag for Netflix though as many of the series and television shows that made the cut were not produced internally.

Disney Plus launched on November 12 and had 10 million subscribers in little over a day.

For example, in news that will bolster Disney’s confidence heading into 2020, two of the most popular movie releases – The Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2-, on Netflix were from the Mouse House’s studio.

Disney had previously announced that it would pull all its content from Netflix, providing it and US$1 billion worth of additional original programming in the first instance, on its own platform.

Two Disney animated films made the Netflix most popular release list.

Disney Plus launched on November 12 and reportedly racked up 10 million subscribers in little over a day. That number grew to about 24 million within three weeks, led by the strength of its content and US$7 monthly subscription fee.

Also competing with Netflix in the growing market is Apple’s service, Apple TV+ which launched on November 1 with all original content.

Apple TV Plus is one of several streaming services that will challenge Netflix in 2020.

Netflix’s 150 million subscriber base leads the market, which also includes Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, but much could change when NBC Universal’s “Peacock” and HBO’s “HBO Max” join the fray in early 2020.

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10 Most Popular Series on Netflix in 2019

“Stranger Things 3”
“The Witcher”
“The Umbrella Academy”
“Dead to Me”
“You: Season 2”
“When They See Us”
“Sex Education”
“13 Reasons Why: Season 3”
“Raising Dion”

10 Most Popular Nonfiction Series on Netflix in 2019

“Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”
“Rhythm and Flow”
“You vs. Wild”
“Nailed It: Season 3”
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Fresh Brewed”
“Awake: The Million Dollar Game”
“Sugar Rush Christmas”
“Prank Encounters”
“Sugar Rush: Season 2”

10 Most Popular Comedy Specials on Netflix in 2019

“Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones”
“Kevin Hart: Irresponsible”
“Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias: One Show Fits All”
“Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho”
“Amy Schumer: Growing”
“Bill Burr: Paper Tiger”
“Aziz Ansari: Right Now”
“Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself”
“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal”
“Mike Epps: Only One Mike”