On Wednesday, Netflix released the results of a study tracking how viewers binge. They tracked how quickly subscribers watched the first seasons of over 100 different television shows, new and old, over a period of seven months. The findings showed that people who start watching a show and manage to successfully finish the whole first season typically do it in about a week, watching for roughly about two hours a day. Screw your 5K races and graduate degrees, that's an accomplishment.
Cindy Holland, Netflix's VP for original content, told The New York Times that people also watch different kinds of shows at different rates. The television shows that people consume the fastest are the "propulsive" horror or thriller shows like Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (wait, Breaking Bad is a thriller, not a crime drama?). Viewers tend to finish the first seasons of these shows in a median of four days, watching for about two and a half hours a day.
After horror/thriller shows, the next most addictive type of programs are dramatic comedies, crime dramas, and superhero shows. People go through seasons of these in a median of five days, watching two hours and 10 minutes a day. These are shows like Jessica Jones, Orange Is The New Black, and Fargo.