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Couch potatoes or super-fans? Canberrans are Australia’s biggest Netflix ‘binge-racers’

By Glynis Quinlan 25 October 2017 3

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:

  1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  2. Marvel’s The Defenders
  3. Santa Clarita Diet
  4. The Seven Deadly Sins
  5. The Ranch
  6. Fuller House
  7. Atypical
  8. White Gold
  9. Friends from College
  10. F is for Family
  11. Stranger Things
  12. Grace and Frankie
  13. Orange Is the New Black
  14. GLOW
  15. Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
  16. Frontier
  17. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  18. You Me Her
  19. Chewing Gum
  20. 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?

Binge-racing – the global stats from Netflix.

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dungfungus 7:43 am 27 Oct 17

John Moulis said :

dungfungus said :

I have never heard of this “binge racing” thing and I don’t have Netflix. I am really missing out on something worthwhile?

Yeah, like me you are missing out on obesity, slothfulness and a whole lot of other health problems down the line. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix… Let’s hope the next fad is health and fitness and it *doesn’t* go out of style.

Well said, John.

There is more to life than watching Hollywood pap at home on a daily basis especially when we have regular film festivals with offerings that will never be seen on TV and actually require the viewer to think. The bonus is that one has to get out of the house and walk some of the way to see them.

John Moulis 3:06 pm 26 Oct 17

dungfungus said :

I have never heard of this “binge racing” thing and I don’t have Netflix. I am really missing out on something worthwhile?

Yeah, like me you are missing out on obesity, slothfulness and a whole lot of other health problems down the line. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix… Let’s hope the next fad is health and fitness and it *doesn’t* go out of style.

dungfungus 10:54 am 26 Oct 17

I have never heard of this “binge racing” thing and I don’t have Netflix. I am really missing out on something worthwhile?

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