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Netflix released top-10 rankings yesterday (September 27) for its most popular original shows and movies by the number of hours that people watched them in total during the first month of their release.

Per CNET, this is the first time Netflix has disclosed this kind of data for its programming. In about two weeks, Netflix’s breakout hit Squid Game (a Korean dystopian horror series), may be topping the ranks of top TV once it hits its own one-month mark.

The streaming service’s viewership stats were based on the number of accounts that viewed at least two minutes of a program — a statistic that some have criticized, as it does not really show how many people watched a title, just how many sampled it. The hours-watched metric also demonstrates the strength of some shows that were released before Netflix began releasing viewership stats, or those that were released so long ago that Netflix simply had millions of fewer accounts out there to sample them.

The hours-watched metric does have some drawbacks, however, favoring movies and TV seasons that simply have longer runtimes, like The Irishman — running three and a half hours.

“We’re trying to be more transparent with the market, with the talent, with everybody,” Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said.

Below is the list of most popular TV shows and movies:

Netflix’s most popular shows

Netflix top-10 series by total view hours in the first 28 days:

Bridgerton, season 1 — 625 million hours
Money Heist, part 4 — 619 million hours
Stranger Things 3 — 582 million hours
The Witcher, season 1 — 541 million hours
13 Reasons Why, season 2 — 496 million hours
13 Reasons Why, season 1 — 476 million hours
You, season 2 — 457 million hours
Stranger Things 2 — 427 million hours
Money Heist, part 3 — 426 million hours
Ginny & Georgia, season 1 — 381 million hours

Netflix top-10 series by number of accounts that have watched at least 2 minutes in its first 28 days of release:

Bridgerton, season 1 — 82 million
Lupin, part 1 — 76 million
The Witcher, season 1 — 67 million
Sex/Life, season 1 — 67 million
Stranger Things 3 — 67 million (the only previously unreleased figure)
Money Heist, part 4 — 65 million
Tiger King, season 1 — 64 million
The Queen’s Gambit — 62 million
Sweet Tooth, season 1 — 60 million
Emily in Paris, season 1 — 58 million

Netflix’s most popular movies

Netflix top-10 movies by total view hours in the first 28 days:

Bird Box — 282 million hours
Extraction — 231 million hours
The Irishman — 215 million hours
The Kissing Booth 2 — 209 million hours
6 Underground — 205 million hours
Spenser Confidential — 197 million hours
Enola Holmes — 190 million hours
Army of the Dead — 187 million hours
The Old Guard — 186 million hours
Murder Mystery — 170 million hours

Netflix top-10 films by number of accounts that have watched at least 2 minutes in its first 28 days of release:

Extraction — 99 million
Bird Box — 89 million
Spenser Confidential — 85 million
6 Underground — 83 million
Murder Mystery — 83 million
The Old Guard — 78 million
Enola Holmes — 77 million
Project Power — 75 million
Army of the Dead — 75 million
Fatherhood — 74 million

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