‘Gilmores’ Go Racing

(Pictured above: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)

Q: What do people like to do the day after Thanksgiving?

A: Last year, a whole lot of them binge-watched Netflix – specifically, the premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

“Binge-racing” is what Netflix calls this growing practice of watching an entire just-released season of any show in under 24 hours. And the subscription service has just revealed its top 20 binge-raced shows worldwide.

Perhaps it’s not surprising that the Gilmore Girls revival topped the list, since there were only four 90-minute episodes. Americans, at least, could watch the whole series in just six hours while munching on their leftovers.

Number two on Netflix’s list was Fuller House, whose first two seasons contained 13 half-hour episodes each, so again each could be consumed in under seven hours. Then came Marvel’s The Defenders, with eight hours. We started getting truly impressed, however, by the anime fans who apparently consumed all 24 half-hours of The Seven Deadly Sins in one day.

Canada, btw, led a separate Netflix list of top binge-racing countries, followed in the top 10 by the US, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Sweden, Brazil and Ireland.

Netflix said that the number of binge-racers worldwide has increased from 200,000 of its subscribers in 2013 to more than 5 million as of last month.

Here are the rest of the top 20 most binge-raced series:

The Ranch, Santa Clarita Diet, Trailer Park Boys, F is for Family, Orange Is the New Black, Stranger Things, Friends from College, Atypical, Grace and Frankie, Wet Hot American Summer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards, Love, GLOW, Chewing Gum and Master of None.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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