Netflix has published the second edition of its biannual What We Watched report, covering viewership from July to December 2023.

Dystopian thriller Leave The World Behind was the most-watched film and overall title on Netflix over the period with 121 million views, followed by Gal Gadot-starring feature Heart Of Stone (110m views) and animated movie Leo (96m).

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Netflix has published the second edition of its What We Watched report

On the series side, anime-inspired live action show One Piece was the top-performing title for the period with 71.6m views, followed by Dear Child (52.5m) and Who Is Erin Carter? (50.1m).

The report shows that viewers watched 90 billion hours of Netflix in the second half of 2023 (and 183bn hours in all of 2023).

Netflix said that non-English shows and movies are popular with audiences — making up nearly a third of all viewing. Korean (9% of viewing), Spanish (7%) and Japanese (5%) language stories captured the biggest share of viewing outside of English.

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Stand-outs include Dear Child (53m) from Germany, Forgotten Love (43m) from Poland, Pact of Silence (21m) from Mexico and Mask Girl (19m) from Korea.

Netflix added that sports has become increasingly popular, amassing a combined 184m views with favourites including Beckham (44m), Untold: Johnny Football (14m) and Quarterback (13m).

Reality TV shows like Is It Cake? (21m), Love is Blind (20m) and The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On (12m) are also widely watched, alongside docuseries like World War II: From the Frontlines (13m).

Kids and family represented 15% of all viewing, with titles like Gabby’s Dollhouse (90m), Family Switch (62m), and The Monkey King (43m).

Licensed titles also continue to be popular across genres with series like Young Sheldon which generated 88m views, Grey’s Anatomy (51m), Gossip Girl (49m) and Gilmore Girls (45m). Suits alone had 144m views across nine seasons in the second half of 2023.

Netflix released its first What We Watched report in December at a time when the company was criticised for not being open enough about viewing numbers on the platform.

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