Netflix Tweaks How Top Ten Lists Are Ranked




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Netflix’s ranking system for its Top Ten shows is changing, according to an announcement made by the streaming giant earlier today. Members have been commenting the current system in place is “hard to contextualize”. This system earned shows a Top Ten ranking by highlighting hours viewed.

As of today, Netflix is going to show the number of hours viewed per title in addition to ranking the Top Ten by views. The new ranking system will keep in mind the total run time of each title. Netflix feels this will provide a more “relatable metric” for members.

Another change is the qualifying time span. Previously, the Top Ten lists had to be streaming for 28 days before qualifying for a spot on the list. Now Netflix is extending the time frame to 91 days to gather more accurate results.

In the announcement, Netflix states:

“As we have always said there is no one perfect streaming metric. But we believe that views combined with total hours viewed is a good evolution because it’s:

  • Anchored in engagement — our best measure of member satisfaction and a key driver of retention (which in turn drives our business)
  • Ensures longer titles don’t get an advantage
  • Enables third parties to compare the relative impact of movies and series — despite their different run times

Our hope is that by being consistent and transparent about what people are watching, Netflix can give everyone — consumers, creators, analysts, and press — better insights into what success in streaming looks like more generally. We will continue to share more granular, title-specific data with creators, and as always, we’ll continue to listen to feedback.”

Netflix provided a rundown of the current Top Ten list from June 12th through June 18th, with Extraction and Extraction 2 taking the top two spots with 9 million views and 42 million views respectively.

Check out the full list of Top Ten-ers by clicking here.

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