And you thought you were a Netflix binger! It turns out, you may just be an amateur. There’s a new game in town, and it’s called “binge racing.” Netflix has announced a new watching trend they’ve discovered in their subscribers.
Binge racing is trying to finish an entire TV show season in under 24 hours upon the first day of its release on the streaming service. It appears that there is a world-wide winner for this new trend. And they’re winning in a big way.
According to Netflix, Canadians take the trophy with 11 percent of global watchers finishing a season in one day of release. They have beaten out other Netflix binge racing champs, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and even the United States.
The U.S. came in second, with the three Nordic countries falling right behind.
Atlantic Canadians are the champs, with most of the binge racers hailing from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. (Guess those long, cold Canadian nights are an advantage.)
Canada’s most binge-raced show is Trailer Park Boys, a documentary satire based in Nova Scotia. Following are Gilmore Girls recent reboot, Fuller House, The Ranch, and The Defenders from Marvel.
Binge racing is up from 200,000 viewers who completed the challenge in 2013 to over 5 million as of September 2017. That’s an increase of 20 times in just a few years!
Netflix has put an end to the need to wait a whole week between episodes of our favorite shows. Viewers can now watch what they want and for as long as they like. And now we don’t even have to stop to sleep or eat.
Binge racing viewers total about 8.4 million of Netflix subscribers since the service started tracking this new trend in 2012, compared to the current 109 million worldwide.
Netflix Brian Wright, VP of Netflix Original Series, says that many binge racing viewers are proud of their accomplishment. In Netflix press release, Wright says:
“There’s a unique satisfaction that comes from being the first to finish a story — whether it’s the final page of a book or the last, climactic moments of your favorite TV show. Netflix allows you to watch in a way you never could before, and there’s nothing better than seeing a show engage our members and ignite a passion for viewing.”
According to Netflix, the Gilmore Girls reboot gained the most binge racing viewers upon its release. This is despite a 10-year hiatus. The streaming service also tracks individual binge racing members, with five in the U.S. who completed House of Cards in 24 hours. There’s also a viewer in France who has binge watched 30 years in 2017 alone.
Top shows for binge racing are different for different countries. Netflix reports Fuller House tops the spot in Ecuador, while Marvel’s The Defenders is the top choice for Korean binge racers.
Top Binge Racing Shows Worldwide
Worldwide, the top listed shows for binge racing are:
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
- Fuller House
- Marvel’s The Defenders
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- The Ranch
- Santa Clarita Diet
- Trailer Park Boys
- F is for Family
- Orange Is the New Black
- Stranger Things
- Friends from College
- Grace and Frankie
- Wet Hot American Summer
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- House of Cards
- Chewing Gum
- Master of None
As for Canada and their top marks for binge racing? Netflix says they blame all the snow.
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