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Netflix Top 10: The most-watched shows in the world right now

Published Dec 6th, 2022 7:08PM EST
Wednesday on Netflix
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In terms of what everyone around the world is bingeing on Netflix this week, based on the streamer’s just-updated weekly Top 10 list, it’s no contest:

This is Wednesday Addams’ world, and we’re all just living in it.

Tim Burton’s reimagining of the Addams Family story expanded it to bring teenage Wednesday herself front and center. And from Jenna Ortega’s darkly charming portrayal of Wednesday to the inherent nostalgia attached to the original movie, it’s easy to see why the series racked up more than 411 million hours of viewership globally this week (on top of the more than 341 million hours of viewing time last week).

Netflix Top 10 (November 28-December 4)

Starting with Wednesday, here are the ten biggest Netflix shows in the world at the moment:

  1. Wednesday: Season 1 — 411.2 million hours viewed
  2. 1899: Season 1 — 44.6 million hours viewed
  3. Firefly Lane: Season 2 — 29 million hours viewed
  4. The Crown: Season 5 — 27.7 million hours viewed
  5. Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields: Limited Series — 23.8 million hours viewed
  6. Dead to Me: Season 3 — 19.5 million hours viewed
  7. Manifest: Season 4 — 15.3 million hours viewed
  8. Blood & Water: Season 3 — 12.6 million hours viewed
  9. Manifest: Season 1 — 11.6 million hours viewed
  10. Little Angel: Volume 1 — 11.1 million hours viewed

These figures are drawn from Netflix’s latest weekly Top 10 data just released on Tuesday, which shows that subscribers around the world watched so much Wednesday that it kept the show at #1 for the second week in a row.

And in addition to being the #1 show on the global Netflix Top 10 list once again, Wednesday has also earned itself another distinction: According to Netflix, it’s also now the #3 English-language Netflix show of all time.

#1 on Netflix this week: Wednesday

Wednesday on Netflix
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 104 of “Wednesday.” Image source: Netflix

Netflix’s latest TV-focused Top 10 list, by the way, is one of four global charts that the streamer updates each week. And as for the #1 show in the world this week, there’s some important additional context to be aware of:

For one thing, the series is currently a Top 10 Netflix show in a whopping 93 countries. As of the time of this writing, the show’s Rotten Tomatoes performance also includes an 87% audience score and a 71% critics’ score. Additionally, this week marks Wednesday’s first full week of viewership data included in the Top 10 numbers, since the show was #1 last week only on the strength of its first five days of streaming availability.

All of that, to be sure, comes as no surprise. Ortega as the solemn, pigtailed, and death-obsessed teen — delivering brutal one-liners with effortless efficiency — is very much the foundation upon which the success of the series rests. And she’s a fantastic enough character, delivering quips like “I don’t bury hatchets; I sharpen them” with such gusto that you don’t even need to have any prior appreciation of the Addams Family franchise to be a fan here.

The Internet, for that matter, certainly loves Ortega, too. In fact, her kooky performance on the dance floor during the Nevermore Academy school dance in episode four of the show is all over TikTok, as creators try to copy her moves (which she performed to the tune of “Goo Goo Muck” from The Cramps).

#2 on Netflix this week: 1899

As for what other shows are currently trending on the streamer, meanwhile, there was never any question that this next title was going to utterly dominate Netflix’s Top 10 list in the days and weeks immediately post-release. It’s from the same makers of the cult-favorite Netflix series Dark, for one thing, which has always had a super-passionate following.

1899 on Netflix
Actor Alexandre Willaume, in the Netflix series “1899.” Image source: Netflix

Their new show is 1899, which racked up almost 45 million hours viewed globally this week. Netflix describes the show as follows:

A migrant steamship heads west to leave the old continent. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea. What they will find on board, will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.

1899 first begins with a very familiar kind of story. Onboard the migrant ship leaving the old world of Europe are people from all walks of life and from different social, economic, and even national origins. The one thing that unites them: Their desire for a better future and a better life.

1899 on Netflix
Actor Andreas Pietschmann, shown in the Netflix series “1899.” Image source: Netflix

1899 uses that simple beginning, though, as a jumping-off point for what turns into a deeply unsettling puzzle box of a Netflix series.

The original ship comes across another migrant ship adrift at sea — the Prometheus, which had been presumed lost. And while we can’t say much more than that without spoiling things, suffice it to say that what the original passengers discover turns their journey into an all-out nightmare.

“Episode 7 of #1899Netflix and I’m freaking out,” one fan of the show posted this week on Twitter. “No spoilers but holy mindf-ck.”

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Andy Meek is a reporter who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming. Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.