Netflix: viewers never hooked by a show’s pilot episode

Netflix-hooked-1Pilot episodes do not immediately hook viewers to a TV show, but taking away ad breaks and linear scheduling fosters repeat viewing, according to Netflix.

In new research that analyses its own global streaming data, Netflix said that when consumers can watch an “entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge.”

By looking at more than 20 shows across 16 markets, Netflix said that, globally, programmes such as Dexter and Orange is the New Black hooked viewers on episode three, Better Call Saul and Pretty Little Liars on episode four and BoJack Horseman and Daredevil on episode five.

AMC drama Breaking Bad proved the most ‘addictive’ programme hooking viewers on episode two, according to the study.

“Given the precious nature of primetime slots on traditional TV, a series pilot is arguably the most important point in the life of the show,” said Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

“However, in our research of more than 20 shows across 16 markets, we found that no one was ever hooked on the pilot. This gives us confidence that giving our members all episodes at once is more aligned with how fans are made.”

Netflix found that 70% of the time, viewers that had watched the “hooked episode” went on to complete the full first season of that given show.

The research used Netflix viewer data, compiled between January and July of this year, from subscribers in Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and US. It also included data for Australia and New Zealand collected between April and July.

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