Sitcoms and cartoons dominate Netflix: America’s streaming preferences analyzed

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In this installment of Jumpshot’s Netflix streaming analysis, it became clear that Netflix’s original series are rising in popularity. In July alone, the amount of individuals who binge-watched original content grew by 36 percent month-over-month, while the overall audience remained the same. As for the other shows, all of the top ten shows binge-watched in July were 30 minute comedies. Read on for the full breakdown of Americans’ streaming preferences.

Top ten shows binged and watched on Netflix in July

We analyzed the Netflix streaming activity of “binge watchers,” who watch a minimum of five episodes a day, and “casual viewers” who watch at least 20 minutes of a show in a day, to detect viewership trends and MoM changes. Our data indicates that while the total Netflix audience increased by less than a percent since June, the audience of Netflix’s original series has grown significantly. In fact, the overall volume of Netflix originals binge watchers increased by 36 percent MoM.

Family Guy took first place for binge watchers for the second month straight, accounting for nearly a fifth of the binge-watching activity in July. Family Guy was also the most popular show for causal viewership. July’s findings were consistent with previous trends we’ve found, as 57 percent of binge watchers and 53 percent of casual viewers for the top ten show categories streamed adult cartoons.

As for the rest of the list, everyone’s favorite zone-out shows made the cut, including Friends, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother. Pokémon Go’s popularity seeped into Netflix as well, as the Pokémon: Indigo League audience grew by 16x since last month, and brought in 10x more binge-watchers.

Here is the full rundown of what we have found:

Top 10 Binged Shows Top 10 Watched Shows
# Title % of Top 10 Title % of Top 10
1 Family Guy 19% Family Guy 16%
2 The Office 13% The Office 15%
3 Futurama 12% Friends 11%
4 American Dad! 11% Futurama 11%
5 Friends 11% Bob’s Burgers 10%
6 Bob’s Burgers 10% American Dad! 10%
7 How I Met Your Mother 8% How I Met Your Mother 7%
8 Parks and Recreation 6% Parks and Recreation 7%
9 Archer 5% Orange Is the New Black 7%
10 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 5% Pokémon: Indigo League 6%

How do Netflix’s original series compare?

Our data consistently indicated that Netflix’s original series are gaining traction, as the audience has doubled throughout Q2, and continued to grow in July. More interestingly though, the binge-watching viewer-base of Netflix original series grew by an amazing 36 percent since June, while the binge-watching activity for non-originals increased by a measly 4 percent.

This astonishing growth rate is consistent with the dramatic spike in viewership following a new season release. In July, new Netflix original series releases dominated the most binged list, taking five out of the top ten spots, and six out of ten of the most viewed list.

BoJack Horseman exemplifies this trend, as the third season was released on July 22nd and instantly became the most binge-watched Netflix original series. The show’s binge-watching viewer-base in July was 9.5x larger than June’s, and accounted for about one quarter of the overall Netflix original series binge-watching audience. Stranger Things is another example, the sci-fi show premiered on July 15th and took third place for binge-watching activity.

It’s worth noting that Orange Is the New Black’s audience defies the shortened shelf-life trend we detected for shows on Netflix, as it maintained the lead for the most popular Netflix original series for casual viewers in July; more than a month after the release of its fourth season. We also looked back at the viewership trends of season three and found that while season three’s audience decreased by 72 percent in the second month following the release, season four’s audience was cut by a little more than half month-over-month.

Top 10 Binged Netflix Originals Top 10 Watched Netflix Originals
# Title % of Top 10 Title % of Top 10
1 BoJack Horseman 24% Orange Is the New Black 19%
2 Trailer Park Boys 13% BoJack Horseman 17%
3 Arrested Development 11% Stranger Things 14%
4 Dragons: Race to the Edge 11% Marco Polo 11%
5 Magi: Adventure of Sinbad 9% Dragons: Race to the Edge 8%
6 Kuromukuro 8% Trailer Park Boys 7%
7 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 7% Arrested Development 6%
8 The Seven Deadly Sins 7% Magi: Adventure of Sinbad 6%
9 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 5% Kuromukuro 6%
10 Degrassi: Next Class 5% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 5%

Bottom line: July’s analysis shows that the quality of Netflix’s original series is consistent with their increasing popularity, while the overall viewer-base remains the same. The rise in popularity is most likely due to strong content, timeliness, and their release strategy. Netflix knows a lot about you and now, with our help, you can know more about the leading streaming platform. We will continue to look into America’s streaming behavior and will report back next month, so stay tuned!

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