If you’ve noticed a trend towards Canberrans curling up on couches and having glazed eyes at work it could be because we’ve earned the dubious distinction of having the most ‘binge-racers’ of Netflix series in Australia.
That’s not necessarily because we’re ‘basement-dwelling couch potatoes’ according to the Netflix powers that be, but because we’re a mob of ‘super fans’ who see speed watching as an achievement to be proud of – something to brag about! TV is our passion and binge racing is our sport … or so the story goes.
To clarify, ‘binge-racing’ is quite different from ‘binge-watching’ and so perhaps we do live normal lives in between new series coming out. Binge-racing refers to watching an entire season from start to finish within the first 24 hours of its release on Netflix, whereas binge-watching is something Netflix doesn’t release data on.
Around the world, 8.4 million Netflix members have binge-raced, with the number of ‘launch day finishers’ increasing more than 20 times between 2013 and 2016.
Australia has been ranked at number eight globally in terms of the highest percentage of binge-racers per country.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is the top ‘binge-raced’ series for Australia, as it is globally.
Second on the list of Australia’s top ‘binge-raced’ series is Marvel’s The Defenders, while Santa Clarita Diet comes in third, The Seven Deadly Sins is fourth and The Ranch comes in at number five.
The series White Gold comes in at eighth on Australia’s list but our nation has the highest percentage of binge-racers globally for this series.
Australia is also home to an unidentified Netflix member who is the 12th biggest binge-racer in the world and has raced through 13 different series this year.
“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 favourite TV show,” said Brian Wright, Netflix 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.”
In case you think Canberra’s prowess in binge-racing has anything to do with the weather, it’s worth noting that Queensland takes out second place for the top Australian binge-racing states or territories. Tasmania comes in third while NSW is down in last place.
Below is a list of Australia’s top 20 binge-raced shows:
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
- Marvel’s The Defenders
- Santa Clarita Diet
- The Seven Deadly Sins
- The Ranch
- Fuller House
- White Gold
- Friends from College
- F is for Family
- Stranger Things
- Grace and Frankie
- Orange Is the New Black
- Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- You Me Her
- Chewing Gum
- Anne with an E
Do you binge-race through a Netflix series in 24 hours? If so, why do you do it and which series is your favourite?