A new study has determined that the most binge-watched show of the year 2018 was a sitcom that last aired on broadcast television 14 years ago. Variety reports that the TV Time study identified the onetime NBC mainstay “Friends” as No. 1.
The full run of the comedy series has been available on Netflix.
“The sitcom about twentysomething New Yorkers nabbed the highest share of binge sessions over the course of the year, according to TV Time, based on its analysis of the behavior of 12 million registered users worldwide of its app for tracking, commenting on and voting for television shows,” Variety reports.
The report adds: “The enduring popularity of ‘Friends’ (corroborated by other third-party research) clearly motivated Netflix to re-license the show from Warner Bros. Television: It was set to roll off Netflix at the end of 2018, and after a social-media uproar the streamer announced a new deal to keep ‘Friends’ on the service through at least another year. Netflix reportedly agreed to pay around $100 million to keep all 10 seasons following Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe available to customers in the U.S. and Canada.”
The report notes that “Grey’s Anatomy” came in second in the study.