Nothing’s Strange About Netflix’s Top-Ranking Shows

Streaming content providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have long declined to release ratings information about their programming.  They claim that, since they are ad-free subscription services, ratings are not pertinent to their business models. In the last year, though, multiple measurement companies have emerged to independently gauge viewership for streaming shows.  Using audio-code recognition software and a panel of more than 15,000 people, Symphony now tracks original series on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, has stated, “The focus of the ratings companies has really no relevance on us.” However, he also used their numbers to say that if they were true, they “would be great for Netflix, especially since it’s only U.S. viewing and it’s only for the first 35 days of release.”  What are these numbers?  If accurate, below are the top-ranking shows on Netflix.  Since Netflix viewer ratings appear to be biased (none are lower than 4.5 out of 5), we’ve included user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes.

8.) F is for Family

f-is-_s1_004_h-e1450126483289Adult viewers, age 18-29, within first 35 days: 4.81 million

Rotten Tomatoes average rating = 82%

This animated comedy based on the standup of Bill Burr takes place in the 1970s, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a gun to the airport.”

7.) House of Cards (Season 4)

House-Of-Cards-Netflix-Season-Four-Frank-UnderwoodAdult viewers, age 18-29, within first 35 days: 5.67 million

Rotten Tomatoes average rating = 84%

This drama features ruthless politicians Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), who stop at nothing to further their power in D.C. and the entire country.


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