Netflix knows when a show has you hooked

The popular streaming service is famous for letting viewers control their watching habits
The popular streaming service is famous for letting viewers control their watching habits.

Netflix, the popular television and film streaming service, have announced that they can pinpoint when fans fall in love with one of their streamable television shows. With the Netflix system of placing all episodes of a series online at once, viewers can choose when and how to watch their favourite shows, going one at a time or marathoning a whole season over the weekend.

Netflix have released their information on the episode that hooks in viewers. Here are several examples from their list.

  • Arrow — Episode 8
  • BoJack Horseman — Episode 5
  • Breaking Bad — Episode 2
  • Gossip Girl — Episode 3
  • House of Cards — Episode 3
  • Mad Men — Episode 6
  • Marvel’s Daredevil — Episode 5
  • Orange is the New Black — Episode 3
  • Sons of Anarchy — Episode 2
  • Suits — Episode 2
  • The Walking Dead — Episode 2
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — Episode 4

What the list seems to suggest is that the Netflix idea of releasing all episodes in a series at once works. The traditional television style of releasing a pilot episode to excite and interest fans looks redundant with this system, particularly as no series has hooked in fans from the first episode. Some, such as Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy, become addictive after just the second episode, yet other series take far longer. Using the excellent BoJack Horseman as an example, the admittedly slow start to the series would have put off many fans had it been broadcast week by week. Waiting five weeks for the show to get started may not have worked on broadcast television, though on Netflix it has been a huge success.

Another interesting aspect of the information is how the data varies from country to country. The Netherlands tends to get addicted to series one episode faster than the average, and Mexico took one episode longer than Brazil to fall in love with Better Call Saul.

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Source: The Verge and PR Newswire.