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Netflix UK releases top-10 most watched lists

21 May 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

For the first time, Netflix has revealed its "top-10 most watched". The company says that it is an experiment in the UK that may be expanded to other regions.

Netflix top-10 lists

Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough, is the most watched show on Netflix UK in April, according to the company's own numbers. The Perfect Date and The Highwaymen are second and third. All three are produced by Netflix.

Netflix UK has also released top-10 lists specific to TV series, films, documentaries, reality shows, and non-English shows, respectively. The company says that with "these lists we look at the most-watched individual season of a show, film or special (regardless of when it launched). 'Watched' means members finished at least 70% of one episode."

The lists are notable because Netflix has been notoriously tight-lipped about its viewership statistics. Even show-runners are kept in the dark, according to reports. Still, these are merely top-10 lists without actual viewership numbers attached, and the lists apply only to the UK at this time.

 Netflix The Highwaymen

An experiment

Why now? Critics have claimed that Netflix will lose some of the most popular shows as companies such as Disney and WarnerMedia are pulling licensed content to launch their own streaming services. If we are to believe the top-10 lists released by Netflix, those critics' claims do not hold water - at least not in the UK.

In addition, Netflix says that its top-10 lists may help viewers discover new great content. As an experiment, the lists will also be visible as content rows within the Netflix app (or website) to some viewers.

- "We want to help you find as much great stuff to watch on Netflix as possible. So here’s a look at the top ten most-watched shows and films in the UK in April," the company said.

Going forward, Netflix UK will release weekly top-10 lists every Wednesday on its social channels, including the twitter profile, before deciding whether to continue the initiative and/or expand it to other regions.

All of Netflix UK's top-10 most watched lists for April 2019 are included in the table below.

Netflix UK top-10 most watched - April 2019

Overall top ten most-watched in the UK in April:

1. Our Planet
2. The Perfect Date
3. The Highwaymen
4. The Silence
5. Black Summer
6. After Life
7. The Spy Who Dumped Me
8. Riverdale
9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
10. You vs. Wild

Top ten most-watched films in the UK in April:

1. The Perfect Date
2. The Highwaymen
3. The Silence
4. The Spy Who Dumped Me
5. Someone Great
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
7. Baywatch
8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
9. Sniper: Ultimate Kill
10. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Top ten most-watched series in the UK in April:

1. Black Summer
2. After Life
3. Riverdale
4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
5. Star Trek: Discovery
6. Lunatics
7. Bodyguard
8. Santa Clarita Diet
9. Bonding
10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Top ten most-watched documentaries in the UK in April:

1. Our Planet
2. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
3. Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé
4. The Legend of Cocaine Island
5. Street Food
6. The Investigator: A British Crime Story
7. Formula 1: Drive to Survive
8. Roman Empire
9. One Strange Rock
10. Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries

Top ten most-watched reality shows in the UK in April:

1. You vs. Wild
2. RuPaul's Drag Race
3. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!
4. Queer Eye
5. Selling Sunset
6. Impractical Jokers
7. Sugar Rush
8. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
9. Love Island
10. American Idol

Top ten most-watched non-English language shows in the UK in April:

1. Quicksand
2. The Ruthless
3. Osmosis
4. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
5. Delhi Crime
6. Mirage
7. Bitter Daisies
8. A Fortunate Man
9. Burn Out
10. The Protector

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