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Netflix spills its top-10 shows and movies by hours watched for the first time

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Stranger Things is among the shows that a new hours-watched metric reveals are more popular than Netflix’s previous metrics indicated.


 released top-10 rankings Monday 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, the first time it has disclosed that kind of data for its programming. (And in about two weeks, Netflix’s breakout hit , a Korean dystopian horror series, may be the once it hits its own one month mark.)

For the last couple of years, has been more aggressive in publicizing its most popular titles, but typically its viewership stats were based on the number of accounts that viewed at least two minutes of a program — a metric sometimes criticized for not really showing 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 to be consistently vocal about viewership stats, or those that were released so long ago that Netflix simply had millions fewer accounts out there to sample them than newer shows enjoy, 

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‘ third season, for example, is Netflix’s fifth most popular show by number of accounts sampling it. But by hours watched, the third season of moves up to Netflix’s No. 3 most popular original series — and its second season, which came out when Netflix had 100 million fewer subscribers than it has now, is its No. 8 top show by hours watched. 

Retro sci-fi series  is one of just three shows that show up in the hours-watched top-10 list twice. , a Spanish-language series also known as La Casa de Papel, and , a teen series that’s been criticized for its depiction of suicide, also reappear on the list of shows by most hours watched. Their reoccurrence in the rankings reflects how hours watched, as a metric, can be a better gauge of the enduring appeal of particular titles. 

But the hours-watched metric also has some drawbacks: For example, it favors movies and TV seasons that simply have longer runtimes. Three-and-a-half-hour long  suddenly appears up high in Netflix’s film top-10 list by hours watched, even though it falls far short of a top-10 ranking if you count how many accounts sampled it. 

For years, Netflix was notoriously tight-lipped about viewership. The creator of , which put Netflix’s original content efforts on the map, once said the company wouldn’t even share viewership metrics with him. But within the last two years, Netflix has grown much chattier about the popularity of its shows and movies, to help recruit talent and stoke buzz. It also added a top-trending ranking to its service, so people can see what the most popular titles streaming on Netflix in their country are on any given day. 

But Netflix’s audience stats have exasperated parts of the TV industry for being unverified, unsupported and disclosed without much accountability.

“We’re trying to be more transparent with the market, with the talent, with everybody,” Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said Monday at the Code conference in Los Angeles, where Netflix unveiled the new rankings. 

Netflix’s most popular shows

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

, season 1 — 625 million hours, part 4 — 619 million hours 3 — 582 million hours, season 1 — 541 million hours season 2 — 496 million hours, season 1 — 476 million hours, season 2 — 457 million hours 2 — 427 million hours part 3 — 426 million hours, season 1 — 381 million hours

Netflix had previously released (nearly) all the viewership stats by number of accounts that sampled them for the shows in that top-10 ranking. 

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 millionLupin, part 1 — 76 millionThe Witcher, season 1 — 67 millionSex/Life, season 1 — 67 millionStranger Things 3 — 67 million (the only previously unreleased figure)Money Heist, part 4 — 65 millionTiger King, season 1 — 64 millionThe Queen’s Gambit — 62 millionSweet Tooth, season 1 — 60 millionEmily in Paris, season 1 — 58 millionNetflix’s most popular movies

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

 — 282 million hours — 231 million hours — 215 million hoursThe  — 209 million hours — 205 million hours — 197 million hours — 190 million hours — 187 million hours — 186 million hours — 170 million hours

Again, Netflix had previously released all the viewership stats for movies according to their two-minute metric. 

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

Extraction — 99 millionBird Box — 89 millionSpenser Confidential — 85 million6 Underground — 83 millionMurder Mystery — 83 millionThe Old Guard — 78 millionEnola Holmes — 77 millionProject Power — 75 millionArmy of the Dead — 75 millionFatherhood — 74 million

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Division champion Braves set to host Mets

The Atlanta Braves won’t have to worry about the results of the final series of the year against the New York Mets, who come to town to begin a three-game series on Friday.

The Braves removed all the intrigue when they swept the Philadelphia Phillies and nailed down their fourth straight NL East championship with a 5-3 win on Thursday.

“This one is really big,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said after the clinching win. “Last year we were really good and that showed, coming one game away from the World Series. This has been different with all the mountains we’ve had to climb.”

The Braves (86-72) have won six straight and 10 of their last 11, and they are 42-27 since the All-Star Game.

The Mets (76-83) were in sole possession of first place in the East from May 8 through Aug. 5, but they collapsed to go 28-43 after the break.

The Mets won three of four against Miami after losing all five games of their previous road trip.

Atlanta and New York have split the 16 games played this season.

Atlanta trailed the Mets by six games on July 28 and didn’t surpass .500 until Aug.

6. A nine-game winning streak helped elevate the team into first place to stay on Aug. 15.

“It was awesome,” said Atlanta pitcher Ian Anderson, who won the clinching game. “It’s a tribute to the guys in the locker room. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”

The Braves will send Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.98 ERA) to the mound on Friday against New York’s Tylor Megill (3-6, 4.78).

Ynoa will have a hard act to follow.

The three Atlanta starters against Philadelphia — Anderson, Charlie Morton and Max Fried — limited the Phillies to four runs, three earned, in 20 innings.

Ynoa will be making his 17th start and is trying to recover from his worst outing of the year. The right-hander allowed a season-high seven runs in 4 2/3 runs against San Diego on Sept.

25. He has never faced the Mets.

Megill allowed four runs in four innings against Milwaukee in his last start on Sept. 24. He gave up five hits, walked four and detik matched a season low with just two strikeouts. Of 28 rookies to throw at least 70 innings, the right-hander ranks sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (9.89).

Megill allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against Atlanta on July 28.

He does not have a decision against the Braves in three appearances, with a 3.68 ERA.

The Mets erupted for a 12-3 win against Miami on Thursday and finished 47-34 at home. The game may have been the last in a New York uniform for popular outfielder Michael Conforto, who will be a free agent after the season. Conforto was 3-for-5 and received a standing ovation from the fans after making a shoestring catch in the ninth inning.

“There was a lot of emotion taking the field,” Conforto said.

“It all hit me close to the end of the game. … Standing there, hearing my name, them telling me, `Don’t go.’ It was a stressful night. It’s tough to put into words, but the emotions were definitely there.”

–Field Level Media

S.Korea broadband firm sues Netflix after traffic surge from 'Squid…

SEOUL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge of viewers to the U.S.

firm’s content, an SK spokesperson said on Friday.

The move comes after a Seoul court said Netflix should “reasonably” give something in return to the internet service provider for network usage, and multiple South Korean lawmakers have spoken out against content providers who do not pay for network usage despite generating explosive traffic.

A Netflix spokesperson did not have an immediate comment on the lawsuit.

The popularity of the hit series “Squid Game” and other offerings have underscored Netflix’s status as the country’s second-largest data traffic generator after Google’s YouTube, but the two are the only ones to not pay network usage fees, which other content providers such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook are paying, SK said.

Netflix’s data traffic handled by SK jumped 24 times from May 2018 to 1.2 trillion bits of data processed per second as of September, SK said, riding on the success of several Netflix productions from Korea including “Squid Game” and “D.P.”

SK Broadband said it lodged a lawsuit against Netflix for it to pay for using SK’s networks since Netflix began using SK’s dedicated line starting 2018 to deliver increasingly larger amounts of data-heavy, high-definition video content to viewers in Korea from servers in Japan and Hong Kong.

Last year, Netflix had brought its own lawsuit on whether it had any obligation to pay SK for network usage, arguing Netflix’s duty ends with creating content and leaving it accessible.

It said SK’s expenses were incurred while fulfilling its contractual obligations to Internet users, and detik delivery in the Internet world is “free of charge as a principle”, according to court documents.

But the Seoul Central District Court ruled against Netflix in June, saying that SK is seen as providing “a service provided at a cost” and it is “reasonable” for Netflix to be “obligated to provide something in return for the service”.

SK estimated the network usage fee Netflix needed to pay was about 27.2 billion won ($22.9 million) in 2020 alone, the court document said.

Netflix has appealed against the ruling, court records showed, with fresh proceedings to start in late December.

Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday that it contributed to the creation of about 16,000 jobs in South Korea stemming from about 770 billion won in investments, as well as an economic effect of about 5.6 trillion won.

Ruling party lawmaker Kim Sang-hee said on Wednesday that out of South Korea’s top 10 data traffic generators, 78.5% of the traffic came from foreign content providers, up from 73.1% a year earlier, with “Google-YouTube and Netflix that account for the majority turning a blind eye to network usage fees”.

($1 = 1,187.3400 won) (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Yankees head home thinking playoffs as Rays visit

When the New York Yankees struggled in their first seven home games against the Tampa Bay Rays, they hardly resembled a team that would be in command of the wild-card race.

The Yankees dropped five of their first seven home meetings with Tampa Bay but now are in control of the first wild-card spot and look to keep solidifying their positioning Friday night when they host the Rays.

New York (91-68) heads into the series with a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees are 8-1 in their past nine after losing 15 of 22 and capped a 5-1 road trip with a 6-2 win at Toronto on Thursday when Aaron Judge homered twice.

“We went out there, we played some tough opponents and some big meaningful games,” Judge said. “It wasn’t a postseason game, but it definitely had the atmosphere and feel and everything that goes into a postseason game. So to go out and do what we did on the road in some tough places is just all-around a great job.”

It is hardly the same way they played earlier this year at home against the team who eliminated them in the playoffs last season. In the first series, the Yankees were swept as part of a 6-11 start, and May 31-June 3 they split four games with Tampa Bay as part of a 3-10 skid.

Tampa Bay (98-61) has clinched the American League’s top record and is 6-3 in its past nine.

The Rays head to New York after taking a 3-2 loss at Houston on Thursday.

It was a night that saw Wander Franco’s 43-game on-base streak ended. Franco went 0-for-4 to end his run, which tied Hall of Famer Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest streak in MLB history among players 20 or younger.

The Rays lead the season series 9-7 and, even though the postseason is secured for them, they are looking forward to potentially spoiling things for the Yankees.

“There’s going to be pressure on them,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

“You get a team rival like us and the history — we haven’t played them in a while — and I’m just looking forward to a fun-filled, playoff-atmosphere weekend to really get our juices flowing before the real thing starts.”

New York’s Nestor Cortes (2-2, 2.85 ERA) will make his 14th start and detik is 2-2 with a 3.01 ERA as a starting pitcher this year.

The left-hander has taken a no-decision in five straight starts, including Saturday in Boston when he allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Cortes started against the Rays in Tampa Bay on July 28, when he allowed one run on three hits in five innings of New York’s 3-1 victory.

He does not have a decision and owns a 4.41 ERA in six career appearances (one start) against the Rays.

Shane McLanahan (10-6, 3.44), who leads Tampa Bay’s traditional starters in wins, goes for the Rays on Friday. The left-hander last pitched on Saturday, when he allowed one run on six hits in five innings and got the win over the Miami Marlins.

McClanahan is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA in his past 15 starts and 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break.

He is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA (seven earned runs in 9 1/3 innings) in two career starts against the Yankees, including his lone start at Yankee Stadium on June 2, when he allowed a career-high-tying four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

–Field Level Media

Matt Corral's 381-yard passing performance leads Rebels over Cardinals

Matt Corral passed for 381 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing touchdown as Ole Miss rolled past Louisville 43-24 in the season opener for both teams Monday night in Atlanta.

Corral completed 22 of 32 passes and threw his touchdown to Dontario Drummond, who finished with 9 catches for 177 yards.

Snoop Conner rushed for two touchdowns and Jerrion Early rushed for one for Ole Miss.

The Rebels played without head coach Lane Kiffin, detik who did not attend the game after announcing Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Cardinals didn’t score until James Turner kicked a 38-yard field goal early in the third quarter, but Caden Costa answered with a 38-yarder of his own that gave the Rebels a 29-3 lead.

Malik Cunningham threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Braden Smith on fourth and 3 to get Louisville within 29-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Conner’s 11-yard touchdown run increased the lead to 36-10 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.

Cunningham, the Cardinals’ leading rusher with 79 yards, ran a yard for a touchdown on fourth and goal midway through the period.

He completed 22 of 37 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Corral and Drummond teamed on a 6-yard touchdown pass and Cunningham scored on a 9-yard run to complete the scoring.

The Rebels received the opening kickoff and drove 94 yards in 11 plays.

Early rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Costa added a 47-yard field goal that increased the lead to 9-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Ole Miss had another long drive in the second quarter as Corral’s 6-yard touchdown run completed a 9-play, 93-yard march that produced a 16-0 lead.

Deantre Prince intercepted Cunningham, leading to Conner’s 1-yard run and 23-0 lead.

Costa’s 22-yard field goal gave the Rebels a 26-0 halftime lead.