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. Turns out streaming fast is a new status symbol.
Netflix has changed the way the world engages with stories – viewers watch when, where and how they want, at whatever pace – and in doing so, has given rise to a new kind of fan: the Binge Racer. Accomplishing in a day what takes others weeks to achieve, Binge Racers strive to be the first to finish by speeding through an entire season within 24 hours of its release*.
In total, 8.4 million members have chosen to Binge Race during their Netflix tenure, and the only thing faster than their rate of watching is the rate this behavior continues to grow. Between 2013 and 2016 the amount of launch day finishers increased more than 20 times over.
And before you assume that racers are just basement-dwelling couch potatoes, know that for these super fans, the speed of watching is an achievement to be proud of and brag about (we’re looking at you, Anastasia). TV is their passion and Binge Racing is their sport.
“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.” said Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series. “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.”
Whether for the love of one show (five members in the US have raced through all five seasons of House of Cards the day they were released) or the love of many shows (a member in France has already raced through 30 shows this year alone), viewers are embracing this new form of fandom the world over. But exactly where Binge Racers live (hint: everywhere) and what they’re watching (hint: everything) may surprise you.
Shows of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats are revving watchers engines. Sure 30-minute comedies like Master of None, GLOW and Dear White People are raced with speed, but hour-long thrillers, like Stranger Things, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and anime, like The Seven Deadly Sins, are consumed with fervor as well.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life garnered the most global racers in its 24 hour debut (we blame the coffee). But the top spot varies slightly by country: Fuller House reigns supreme in Ecuador, Club de Cuervos scored the no. 1 slot in Mexico, and Marvel’s The Defenders takes the cake (er, The Hand) in Korea.
While Binge Racers are watching fast in pursuit of glory across the globe, Canada clocks in with the highest percentage of 24 hour finishers (we blame the snow). Their binge of choice? None other than national treasure Trailer Park Boys.
Top 20 Binge Raced Shows
1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2. Fuller House
3. Marvel’s The Defenders
4. The Seven Deadly Sins
5. The Ranch
6. Santa Clarita Diet
7. Trailer Park Boys
8. F is for Family
9. Orange Is the New Black
10. Stranger Things
11. Friends from College
13. Grace and Frankie
14. Wet Hot American Summer
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
16. House of Cards
19. Chewing Gum
20. Master of None
Top 20 Binge Racing Countries
2. United States
12. United Kingdom
14. New Zealand
20. United Arab Emirates
Binge Racers are defined as members who completed a season of a TV show within 24 hours of its release on Netflix. Data accommodates for time zones and is reflective of a show’s launch within 24 hours of a country’s release.
Total number of members since 2012 who have finished a season of a TV show within 24 hours of its release
Binge Racing behavior grew from 200,000 members in 2013 to more than 5 million in 2017 (as of September)
Top shows were identified as those with the largest number of Binge Racers globally. Binge Racing ranking has no relation to overall viewership.
Top countries were identified as those with the highest percentage of members who are Binge Racers. Binge Race ranking has no relation to overall country membership.