Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Chart of the Day
29 September 2021

The ten most-watched Netflix series

Viewing figures released for the first time show Money Heist and Stranger Things are the most-watched series on the streaming service.

By Katharine Swindells

Money Heist and Stranger Things are the most watched series on Netflix, according to viewing figures released for the first time this week by the streaming giant. Netflix is notoriously cagey about its viewing figures, making it difficult for industry rivals to make comparisons.

Previously the company has only made available the number of accounts that watched a title for at least two minutes, which doesn’t account for multiple watches, or households turning off after a few minutes. But new engagement data released this week by Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer, offers more transparency.

Released last January, Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton is Netflix’s most-watched original series, with 625 million hours watched globally within 28 days of release. But Money Heist and Stranger Things, with slightly shorter run times, have the most views per hour, with Money Heist: Part 4 achieving 88 million views per hour of the series.

For comparison, BBC’s Line of Duty earlier this year received a total of around 107 million hours watched in the UK (averaging at 15.4 million views per episode within 28 days of its airing). The 2018 series Bodyguard, also on the BBC, averaged at 15.6 million views per episode.

These figures cover just the UK, while Netflix’s numbers are global – with shows such as the Spanish-language Money Heist propelled to international success.

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

Former BBC director general Tony Hall has said he does not see Netflix and other streaming services as a threat to public service broadcasters, as the BBC produces highly acclaimed series’ such as Bodyguard and Killing Eve on a far lower budget than Netflix or Disney+.

[See also: Wealthy countries are falling short of their climate finance pledges, finds new analysis]

Content from our partners
What are the green skills of the future?
A global hub for content producers, gaming and entertainment companies in Abu Dhabi
Insurance: finding sustainable growth in stormy markets