Netflix Says 'Breaking Bad,' 'Walking Dead' Among Most Quickly Binge-Watched Shows

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Netflix releases their "binge scale," rating shows by how fast they are "devoured" or "savored."

Netflix users can't get enough of thrillers, apparently.

The streaming service on Wednesday released new data on its viewers' binge-watching habits. After analyzing more than 100 serialized TV series in more than 190 countries for the past eight months, Netflix said the shows that are most likely to be viewed for more than two hours per day, putting them in the "devoured" category of quickly binge-watched programs, were in the category of thriller, horror and sci-fi.

Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Orphan Black and Sense8 were among the shows watched for a little over two hours a day as viewers became hooked.

The data only included members who completed a season and specifically looked at the completion of the first seasons. On average, binge-watching Netflix users finish an entire season in one week. 

Following thriller, horror and sci-fi, the most quickly binged series were those in the action/adventure category such as 24 and Prison Break and dramatic comedies such as Orange Is the New Black and Parenthood.

Netflix identified series that were binge-watched but viewed for less than two hours a day as shows that were "savored." This includes irreverent comedies such as Arrested Development and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as well as political dramas such as House of Cards and The West Wing.

The television shows on Netflix's Binge Scale, based on global viewing data, are detailed below, from series that are "savored" at the top to ones that are more quickly "devoured" at the bottom. 


Irreverent comedies:
Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Club de Cuervos, F Is for Family, Love, Summer Heights High, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer

Political dramas
Homeland, House of Cards, Occupied, The Good Wife, The West Wing

Historical dramas
Mad Men, Narcos, Peaky Blinders, The Americans

Superhero dramas
Gotham, Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, The Flash

Crime Dramas
Better Call Saul, Bloodline, Fargo, The Blacklist, The Bridge, Twin Peaks

Dramatic Comedies
Flaked, Grace & Frankie, Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black, Parenthood, Rescue Me, Weeds

Action & Adventure
24, Arrow, La Reina del Sur, Marco Polo, Outlander, Prison Break, The Last Kingdom, Turn, Vikings

Ascension, Between, Heroes, Orphan Black, Sense8, The 100, The 4400, Under the Dome

American Horror Story, Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Scream, The Walking Dead, Z Nation

Bates Motel, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, The Fall, The Following, The Killing