It sees you when you’re sleeping… it knows when you’re awake… it knows if you’ve been binging…
No, it isn’t Saint Nick – it’s Netflix, which is closing out 2017 with a Year In Review that reveals it knows an astonishing amount about your naughty and nice watching habits.
In the era of streaming, television and movie viewing has morphed into a mind-numbing binge-a-thon so insane that Netflix members collectively consumed than 140 million hours of content per day. That adds up to more than one billion hours every week.
The average Netflix user watched approximately 60 movies throughout the months of 2017. The most popular day for streaming around the world was January 1, presumably because everyone was plastered on the couch nursing a hangover from the night before.
The numbers are astounding, and yet, they’re still not the oddest reveals from the Year In Review. One Netflix member watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 days in a row. Another dedicated viewer watched their way through the entirety of Shameless from Antarctica. And 53 strange souls watched A Christmas Prince every day for 18 days in a row, prompting a mocking tweet from Netflix itself:
To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017
Our insatiable appetite for entertainment narrowed in on a few favourite shows in particular. The “shows we devoured” – which Netflix defines as watching for more than two hours a day – span sci-fi epics, true crime investigations, a Marvel martial arts expert, and a sleeper-hit mockumentary that’s one big dick joke.
Other shows inspired us to “savour” – watching less than two hours per day – but kept us hooked until the end. Our favourite series for slow-and-steady viewing in 2017 included The Crown, Ozark, Big Mouth, and GLOW.
With the holidays coming, you’re guaranteed to need some restorative downtime after the dust has settled on the hectic family festivities. Check out Netflix’s most-watched shows of 2017 above to inspire your queue.