Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Netflix Can Tell You The Exact Moment You Become Addicted To A TV Show

NETFLIX.jpg

“Just when I thought I was out…they pulled me back in”

Don Corleone from The Godfather: Part III there, talking about dark conspiratorial forces blotting his chance of leaving the crime business. But had Netflix been around back in his day, the man could just as easily have been talking about his favourite TV show (Peep Show, obviously).

We’ve all been hooked by a TV series at some point in our lives. Some instantly watchable, others slow burners, there are many variables when it comes to finding the average number of episodes a show takes to leave us hooked. And now it seems Netflix has the answer.

Using its global streaming data across the debut seasons of its most popular shows – both Netflix originals and series made by other networks – researchers were able to look for signals for when viewers became hooked, finding that 70 per cent of viewers who watched the ‘game-changer’ episode went on to finish the whole season.

1

It appears only two helpings of Walter White were needed on average to get people hooked on Breaking Bad. Whereas it took five episodes of Daredevil and a staggering 8 of How I Met Your Mother (the latter show only available in the US) for Netflix users to properly sink their teeth into those respective hits.

The global stats make for interesting reading, with the Dutch falling in love with TV shows the fastest and those in the Southern Hemisphere (we're looking at you Australia and New Zealand) being pickier with their viewing habits. Then again, given our Aussie cousins are still due a small screen version of Crocodile Dundee, it's somewhat understandable.

And judging by the UK results, we’re not exactly ahead of the curve ourselves, rather getting hooked on a show if not by the exact same episode as the rest of the world, then a week or so later. Better Call Saul just one of three big hitters we took slightly longer to warm to.

Whether you're a Netflix user or not, it makes for interesting reading.

1

Related

2.jpg

Trailer for Netflix's all-access Keith Richards documentary

black mirror.jpg

Netflix Is Producing New Black Mirror Episodes

Toy.jpg

The best titles new to Netflix this September

Comments

More

Piers Morgan is wearing a Tottenham shirt for Comic Relief

No Piers on Twitter - relish this day

by Matt Tate
24 Mar 2017

Stephen Hawking holds auditions for a new voice in hilarious clip

The legendary scientist's teamed up with Comic Relief

by Dave Fawbert
24 Mar 2017

'Malcolm in the Middle' is the greatest show in the history of TV

Nothing will ever top it

by Gary Ogden
23 Mar 2017

Contestants complete year in Highlands to discover show was cancelled

They're been living in the wilderness for a year for nothing

by Dave Fawbert
23 Mar 2017

Wheel of Fortune contestant scuppered by his own horny mind

Oh, mate...

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

British people officially prefer Dec to Ant

Well, well, well

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

Rob Lowe is turning paranormal investigator in a new reality TV show

'The Lowe Files' will look into unsolved supernatural mysteries, for some reason

by Tom Mendelsohn
21 Mar 2017

Bryan Cranston will lie to get these puppies a home

Would adopt

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

Here's how to make the Flaming Moe from 'The Simpsons'

Ahh, sweet liquor eases the pain

by Emily Reynolds
20 Mar 2017

This is why the legendary roof pizza in 'Breaking Bad' was unsliced

This show genuinely had every base covered

by Matt Tate
20 Mar 2017