Netflix Explains ‘Binge Racing,’ Ranks the Top ‘Binge Raced’ Shows and ‘Binge Racing’ Countries — and the U.S. Is Only No. 2

Oct 17, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Netflix unveiled some unusual viewership data today, explaining the concept of “binge racing” and revealing that its most “binge raced” show is “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

The streaming service ranked the Top 20 binge raced shows and the Top 20 countries for binge racing, with Canada topping the U.S. to rank No. 1.

Binge racing is essentially racing through an entire season of a show within 24 hours of its release in an effort to be among the first viewers to finish the show. Netflix counts 8.4 million binge racers worldwide.

“A new type of fan has emerged on Netflix, and they’re racing to be the first to finish shows like ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Fuller House’ and more,” the streaming service said in today’s announcement. “Turns out streaming fast is a new status symbol.”

The announcement notes that the number of “launch day finishers” increased more than 20 times over between 2013 and 2016.

Please click here to read the full announcement, which includes the Top 20 binge raced shows, the Top 20 binge racing countries, the methodology behind all this and other details about the binge racing phenomenon.


  1. This is asinine. The whole point of streaming is to be able to watch what you want when you want. Who gives a F when other people are watching it.

  2. With something like “Gilmore Girls” the demand and desire to avoid spoilers so high that almost every big fan of the show immediately set aside the time to watch it as soon as it was released, rather like the opening weekend for a new Star Wars installment.

    These metrics are something new, as companies have a vested interest in driving that initial binge as it in itself generates PR and new customers.

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