Netflix: ‘Love at First Sight,’ ‘Sex Education’ Top Weekly Streaming Through Sept. 24

The debut of the fourth and final season of “Sex Education,” and Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy’s romcom Love at First Sight topped all content streamed on Netflix with 12 million and 15.2 million views, respectively, for the week ended Sept. 24, according to new data from the streamer.

The docuseries Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal returned to the English language TV chart, with season two debuting at No. 2 with 7.6 million views, while season one re-entered the chart at No. 10 with 2.4 million views.

Other new titles on the English-language chart included season five of the reality dating series “Love Is Blind,” debuting at No. 7 (3 million views) and the comedy special “Kountry Wayne: A Woman’s Prayer” at No. 8 with 2.6 million views.

Streamers continued to watch English language TV shows, including “One Piece” at No. 3 with 6.2 million views, season five of “Virgin River” at No. 4 (4.9 million views), season one of the docuseries “Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons” at No. 5 (4 million views), and season two of “Surviving Summer” at No. 6 (3.4 million views). 

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Among English-language movies, the family action flick Spy Kids: Armageddon debuted at No. 2 (6.7 million views), while the Nigerian thriller The Black Book opened at No. 4 (5.6 million views). Adam Sandler’s family comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah spent its fifth week on the chart at No. 10 (2.5 million views).

The top three spots on the non-English language TV chart were occupied by returning favorites, including the German psycho-thriller limited series “Dear Child” repeating at No. 1 with 10.4 million views, the Spanish limited thriller series “Burning Body” at No. 2 (3.7 million views), and the Mexican limited drama series “Thursday’s Windows” at No. 3 (3.7 million views).

Korean titles dominated the non-English language chart with the Western drama “Song of the Bandits” debuting at No. 6 (1.7 million views), the romantic comedy “Destined with You” coming in at  No. 5 (1.7 million views), and the romantic drama “A Time Called You” at No. 7 (1.6 million views).

Rounding out the chart were season two of the Japanese anime series “Kengan Ashura,” debuting at No. 4 (2.3 million views), the French drama limited series “Class Act” at No. 8 (1.5 million views), season three of the Norwegian fantasy series “Ragnarok” at No. 9 (1.2 million views), and the Polish drama series “Infamy” at No. 10 (1.1 million views).

Among non-English language movies, the new Indian thriller movie Jaane Jaan, starring Kareena Kapoor, debuted atop the chart with 8.1 million views, along with the new Spanish drama, How to Deal With a Heartbreak, which debuted at No. 7 with 1.1 million views.

Returning charters included the Danish period romance Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction at No. 2 (3.8 million  views), the Japanese family comedy Once Upon a Crime at No. 3 (3.5 million views), followed by the Spanish documentary Rosa Peral’s Tapes at No. 4 (2 million views), the Polish hip-hop action thriller Freestyle at No. 5 (1.8 million views), the Chilean dark comedy El Conde at No. 6 (1.4 million views), and the Mexican drama The Great Seduction at No. 10 (800,000 views). 

Sex, Money & Squid: Netflix Dominates Global Content Streaming

When Netflix co-CEO/chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that the little-known South Korean dystopian series “Squid Game” had become one of the steamer’s most-popular shows ever, the executive was being modest.

New data from Parrot Analytics contends that while the SVOD behemoth accounted for three of the top five shows by global audience demand across all platforms for the week Sept. 19-25, “Squid Game” was skyrocketing among streamers by Sept. 25.

Specifically, Parrot found the Sept. 17 third season launch of “Sex Education” was the number one show globally with 77.6 times more demand than the average show worldwide. Spanish language series “La Casa De Papel” (“Money Heist”), which dropped its penultimate batch of episodes Sept. 3, ranked No. 2 with 74.2 times more demand. And “Squid Game,” which debuted Sept. 17, ranked No. 5 with 61.2 times more demand.

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That all changed Sept. 25. “Sex Education” remained (only slightly) the top show with with 72.7 times more demand, while “Squid Game” rocketed up to become the No. 2 show in the world with 71.8 times more demand. “La Casa De Papel” trailed off slightly, holding at number three worldwide with 70.8 times more demand.

A look at the time shift analysis for the three series’ debuts (La Casa De Papel’s first two seasons originated on Spanish TV), shows how differently they have captured streamer attention, and underscores the potential of “Squid Game” to equal or surpass them all, according to Parrot.

“The trend line for “Squid Game” shows that global audiences are still discovering this new show,” the data firm wrote in a post. “It has room to grow even further, with a very good chance of becoming the number one show in the world across all platforms later this week.”

Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Sex Education’ Top ‘TV Time’ Binge Week Chart

Netflix created the binge-viewing phenomenon, so it’s understandable if two of the SVOD pioneer’s original series ranked among the top-three binged TV shows from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, according to TV Time.com.

Top series streamed repeatedly included Netflix’s “Russian doll,” starring Natasha Lyonne, and “Sex Education,” starring Gillian Anderson, Kedar Williams and Asa Butterfield, among others.

Notably, re-runs of “Friends” finished third, underscoring why Netflix paid $100 million to series’ owner Warner Bros. Television for the rights through 2019.

TV Time claims to rank shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the TV Time app within a given day.

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Separately, TV Time reports that actress Natasha Lyonne was the No. 1 trending talent of the week, based on fan votes. Lyonne’s role as Nadia Vulvokov in “Russian Doll” is currently the third runner-up out of Lyonne’s cast of characters following “Orange Is the New Black” and “Smoky Quartz.”