Netflix Unveils Most Streamed Content for 2019

Netflix has released its top-streamed shows and movies for the year.
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December 31, 2019



has released a list of its most popular content in the U.S.

Movies that topped the list included the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston comedy vehicle “Murder Mystery,” Beyoncé’s “Homecoming,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Disney’s “The Incredibles 2.”

Among the most popular television shows included among the most streamed content were “Stranger Things,” “The Umbrella Academy” and the newly debuted series “The Witcher.”

Other categories in the list included nonfiction programs, comedy specials, documentaries, kids and family programming as well as international releases.

Though Netflix does not usually release total viewership numbers, the streaming giant tweeted that the film “Murder Mystery” had the the platform’s biggest opening weekend ever, with over 30 million watching around the world. The film’s success led Netflix to greenlight a sequel which is currently in development.

“Stranger Things” was right behind “Murder Mystery” and was the number one streaming television show

on the platform. The long-awaited third season of the sci-fi series premiered nearly two years after the premiere of its second season. The sci-fi show was the only Netflix original series to make it to the top five streaming titles, with the rest being movie titles.

Streams were calculated by counting the total number of Netflix users that streamed a title for two minutes or more. The company also used a projection model for titles that have been on the platform for less than 28 days, allowing titles like Michael Bay’s “6 Underground,” which was only released on Dec. 13, to make the list.

"We used this metric because this is a ranking, so we're looking for relativity rather than finite numbers," says a Netflix spokesperson in an interview with

CNN Business


Read the overall top 10 list below:

Top 10 Most Popular Releases of 2019

  • “Murder Mystery;”

    • “Stranger Things 3;”

      • “6 Underground;”

        • “The Incredibles 2;”

          • “The Irishman;”

            • “The Witcher;”

              • “Triple Frontier;”

                • “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile;”

                  • “The Umbrella Academy;” and

                    • “The Highwaymen.”

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