Netflix is now letting people know which shows are the most popular

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Netflix is going through one of its revamps. I know they change things up to drive up streaming, but it sometimes feel like some exec just got bored and decided to switched all the categories. Their latest recategorization will feel very familiar to you. Netflix is using a couple of new categories on the splash page: the Top 10 movies and the Top 10 TV shows in the subscriber’s country. They launched this feature in a few test countries last May and have seen positive enough results to go wide.

Netflix is taking top 10 lists of its most popular streaming content to members across the globe.

Starting Monday (Feb. 24), Netflix said, it is rolling out a new row in its interface that will show the overall top 10 titles in a subscriber’s country, as well as the top 10 most popular series and films (when users select “TV shows” or “movies” tabs, respectively), updated daily.

The worldwide rollout of the top 10 lists comes after Netflix first launched the feature in the U.K. in May 2019, followed by Mexico. “Members in both countries have found them useful, so we are now rolling them out to even more,” Cameron Johnson, Netflix’s director of product innovation, said in announcing the expansion in a blog post.

A Netflix rep told Variety that the top 10 daily rankings are being compiled based on its new viewership-tracking methodology — tallying the number of member accounts that watched a given title for at least 2 minutes over the previous 24 hours. “This is similar to how the BBC calculates its iPlayer ‘most requested’ feature and does not discriminate against longer titles,” the company said in its Q4 letter to shareholders. It’s the same approach Netflix used to tabulate the most popular TV shows streamed on the service in 2019 (in that case, member households that selected a title and streamed it for at least 120 seconds during the first 28 days of release). Previously, Netflix counted viewers of a title if they watched at least 70% of a movie or TV show episode to completion.

[From Variety]

The reason I said this felt familiar is because Netflix already has two categories telling us what folks are watching, “Popular on Netflix” and “Trending Now.” I guess the difference is that those categories factor in what is popular everywhere whereas these Top 10s deal with what our countrymen are into, which I guess is cool. I’d like to see other countries’ lists’ if they’re out there, actually. When Netflix was still primarily DVDs, they used to have interesting categories from which to choose all the time. We made good use of the “Academy award winners” in which they listed all best picture, best actress and best actor films in order (they did not actually carry them all, but they still listed every one). Some have become our favorite films. I may be outside the norm, but I would make my way through a more unique category like, “Palm D’Or winners” than “Workplace TV Shows,” so maybe these Top 10s had me in mind.

Variety did mention that we have to take Netflix’s word for it as they ‘collect’ their data by their own metrics and that it, “can’t be corroborated by third-party data.” Even without that note, I’m raising an eyebrow because of their Two Minute Rule. They consider two minutes enough to count a show as watched? Two minutes is how long it takes me to find just the right angle so my remote will work with my Roku and turn off whatever I accidentally pressed play on. I can promise you, my two-minute data is throwing everyone’s metrics off.

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  1. Ali says:

    I wish you guys would cover Love is Blind.

    It’s the best Netflix show.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I hated it so much! Read Kate Hudson’s reviews on Pajiba. I trust her taste. I tried to watch it but I found it toxic and awful.

    • Barfly says:

      I watched the first few episodes where they were getting to know each other & saw a few proposals but when the 1st couple went on a date i had to turn it off. Too scripted & annoying. I’m back to my Jersey Shore revival hahahaha

    • GenericUserName123 says:

      It is the best! There is a pretty active subreddit if you want to check it out!

    • eto says:

      What’s up with Netflix’s obsession with putting people in pods for reality tv shows?? Regardless, I do love Lauren and Cameron – all of the other couples on the show so annoying, especially Barnett and his wife (can’t recall her name!).

  2. What. . .now? says:

    I like the new feature. I noticed it on Pete Davidson’s comedy special: “#6 in the US” or something like that. I like that its not intrusive, just a little banner at the bottom of the screenshot of the show.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Two minutes is surprising to me. It takes five minutes for me to decide… normally. I tried Hulu’s Extraordinary Playlist, made it past five minutes. But the second someone broke out in song, I was out. I think it took one note lol.

    • Onnit says:

      I hear you! If you ever have a chance to watch “River”, ignore the first five minutes…I almost turned it off because I thought it was going to be a musical. I was so glad that I didn’t.

  4. Slowsnow says:

    I find Hecate’s categories much more interesting than most watched as, according to box office and politics of late, I feel very little connected with fellow humans in general and countrymen/women in general.

    Edit: so excited for Altered Carbon 2nd series.

    • Anners says:

      Re Altered Carbon – I wanted to love it (long time major crush on James Purefoy) but struggled with the first episode. Is it worth a re-watch?

      • Leigh_S says:

        YES!!! Some of it takes time to hit its stride. I’ve been waiting on mins and needles for the new season.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Love it. It’s so cyberpunky noir and reminiscent of 80s sci-fi that’s been injected with modern visual stimulation and action sequences on overdrive, it’s a fantastic ride. There’s technical terms to parse and perhaps a slight lull regarding a certain flashback, but where does one see a finale take place on a bordello in the sky? Must. Watch.

      • Slowsnow says:

        It’s so good I’m actually thinking of watching the first series again before I start the second.
        Tip: although it looks like easy sci-fi pay attention as the plot is really smart and complex. If you do, you’ll enjoy this cyber-dystopian future entirely. It’s amazing.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I haven’t started the second season because, confession, I’m sad about Kinnaman not being the lead. But when I’m ready, I’ll rewatch the first. The AI is sublime lol. I really really like it.

    • Diana B says:

      I absolutely loved the first season but I can’t stand Mackie so that ruined it for me. Thank god the first season is a pretty much self contained story I can pretend it ended there.

      • mosi says:

        just watched the second season, hoped for it to get better, but unfortunately hated it. Finished it just to make sure there is no saving glory.

      • Maria Lujan says:

        +1
        fortunatly from episode 5 original kovaks shows up .
        I can`t stand Mackie :-(