10 Most Watched Shows on Netflix in 2023

Netflix recently released its inaugural “What We Watched” engagement report, detailing the platform’s most popular titles in the first half of 2023 based on accumulated viewing hours. The conspiracy thriller “The Night Agent” topped the list with over 812 million hours viewed, beating out other hits like “Wednesday” and “The Glory.”

The report features viewing data for over 18,000 titles, representing 99% of Netflix’s total viewing. It provides a comprehensive look at what content drew users in during the first part of the year. The streaming giant says it will release the report twice annually going forward.

While the rankings give a sense of what shows and films found big audiences, Netflix cautions that viewing hours alone don’t tell the whole story. Factors like runtime and release date should also be considered when comparing popularity. For example, a short series released in January has a viewing advantage over a long series released in June.

Nonetheless, the report confirms some buzzworthy titles joined Netflix’s most-watched pantheon. Beyond the top show “The Night Agent,” returning favorites like “You” and “Outer Banks” made the top 10, as did the breakout hit “Wednesday.” Newcomers “Queen Charlotte” and Korean thriller “The Glory” also drew hundreds of millions of streaming hours.

As Netflix continues to unveil its viewing metrics, subscribers will get more transparency into what content strikes a chord on the world’s largest streaming platform.

These Were Netflix’s Most-Viewed Shows Of 2023

1. The Night Agent (Season 1)

Hours viewed: 812,100,000

Release date: March 23, 2023

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2. Ginny & Georgia (Season 2)

Hours viewed: 665,100,000

Release date: January 5, 2023

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3. The Glory (Season 1)

Hours viewed: 622,800,000

Release date: December 30, 2022

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4. Wednesday

Hours viewed: 507,700,000

Release date: November 23, 2022

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5. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Hours viewed: 503,000,000

Release date: May 4, 2023

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6. You (Season 4)

Hours viewed: 440,600,000

Release date: February 9, 2023

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7. La Reina del Sur (Season 3)

Hours viewed: 429,600,000

Release date: December 30, 2022

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8. Outer Banks (Season 3)

Hours viewed: 402,500,000

Release date: February 23, 2023

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9. Ginny & Georgia (Season 1)

Hours viewed: 302,100,000

Release date: February 24, 2021

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10. FUBAR (Season 1)

Hours viewed: 266,200,000

Release date: May 25, 2023

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What was your favorite show of the year? Let us know in the comments below!


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