Netflix Reveals Top Shows and Movies as Subscribers Hit 200M
Netflix continues to attract large numbers of users despite strong competition from competing video streaming services.
The California-based company reported this week that it now has 203.6 million subscribers worldwide. This corresponds to an increase of 8.5 million customers compared to the previous quarter, almost four times the expectations, and an increase of 36 million compared to the previous year – the highest annual profit of all time.
The rise in subscriber numbers in 2020 was largely due to the pandemic that forced more people to seek entertainment at home, but of course the content had to be strong as streaming competitors sought new subscribers as well.
Netflix said that The Crown’s fourth season is the most successful season to date among original television content, and it also encouraged many viewers to watch the earlier seasons. Worldwide, more than 100 million member households have now followed the historical drama according to company data.
Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton, which was released last month of last year, is also proving to be “extremely popular” with subscribers. Netflix promises “exciting news” about the show later this week.
Another winner is The Queen’s Gambit, which was seen by 62 million households in the first 28 days. This makes it the largest limited series in the history of Netflix and, according to the company, also ignites the sale of chess games.
Among the original Netflix films, The Midnight Sky by Gorge Clooney was the biggest hit of the last three months of 2020. In the first four weeks alone, an estimated 72 million households pressed the play button.
Other popular original films currently include Over the Moon (director: Glen Keane) and We Can Be Heroes (director: Robert Rodriguez).
Netflix was also keen to note the popularity of its content on Google searches in 2020, especially TV shows:
Netflix said it was “a great time to be an entertainment consumer,” while also recognizing recently launched competing services Disney +, AppleTV + and HBO Max, among others.
Commenting on the release of its quarterly results, Netflix commented on the role its ministry is playing in the ongoing pandemic: “2020 has been an incredibly difficult year with extraordinary losses for so many families, new restrictions none of us have ever had to live before and great uncertainty. We are immensely grateful to have provided our members around the world with a source of escape, connection and joy as we continue to grow our business during these uniquely challenging times. “