If you’ve ever found yourself watching five or six episodes of a TV show on Netflix back to back, rest assured you’re far from alone. Binging has been a key appeal of the streaming service since it launched, but now Netflix has revealed which specific episodes get the majority hooked.
Netflix has been scrubbing through its vast amounts of user data, and thinks it's worked out when shows transition into binge-watches for Brits. For example, the recent 80s movie-influenced Stranger Things has been a sizable hit for the service, but it only really hooked viewers on episode three. After that, the rate of back to back episodes watched starts to shoot up.
That's one of the shorter episode to binge ratios. Making a Murderer - Netflix's excellent documentary about Steven Avery - took a full four episodes before becoming a truly grabbing audiences. Other notable four episoders include Marvel's Jessica Jones, Narcos, Prison Break and American Horror Story.
The Good Wife takes a little longer to get into it seems, taking five episodes, but that's still better than Batman prequel series Gotham, which according to Netflix's data requires six episodes to truly get its teeth into you.
And Gilmore Girls requires even more effort - a fairly hefty seven episodes. It's worth it though - it's a good show.
Cindy Holland, Netflix's vice president of original content, said: "We've always known there is a commonality to great stories. The internet allows us to share these stories with audiences wherever they may be and what we see from the data is how similar our members watch and respond.
"The hooked findings give us confidence that there is an appetite for original and unique content, which is why we're excited to deliver variety in stories to our members, whether they're political dramas from France or musical dramas from the Bronx."
Source: The Independent
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