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Netflix is usually known for keeping its viewership numbers shrouded in mystery, but in recent years its been sharing more and more data about its most popular series and the methods by which it arrives at those numbers. The streaming service still keeps most of his data close to the chest, of course, but even this base information about its “ratings” are fascinating.

For years now, there has been a lengthy and legitimate debate about how seriously to take Netflix’s viewership reports since we have to just take their word for it most of the time and the company has some interesting methods of accounting. In the past, Netflix considered any account that streamed 70 percent of a single episode to be a view for its in-house ratings process, and recently, they’ve updated that metric to include any time a viewer “chose to watch” a given title, for even as little as two minutes, as long as it was “long enough to indicate the choice was intentional” — whatever that means.

More recently, in February 2020, they began offering their own Top 10 lists of the most popular series and films at any given day, but it is not clear what numbers they use to arrive at those designations.

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With all of that in mind, if you’re still curious about which shows and films have drawn the most streams according to Netflix, here’s a rundown of all the originals the company has claimed to be mega-successful with its subscribers.

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Charlize Theron, The Old Guard

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The Old Guard

Just one week after its release, Netflix tweeted that its Charlize Theron-led action flick was on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks. The movie easily landed in the top 10 most popular Netflix films ever, and its director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, is the first Black female director on the list.

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The Willoughbys

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The Willoughbys

This animated family film reportedly racked up 37.6 million household views in its first month on the platform, per Variety.

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Chris Hemsworth and Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Extraction

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