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The top 10 Netflix shows worldwide right now – is your favorite on the list?

Published May 4th, 2022 12:07PM EDT
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Netflix viewers around the world were seriously dying to know whether Marty and Wendy Byrde would somehow extricate themselves from being jammed up by the Navarro cartel, and whether a major Ozark character like Marty or Ruth Langmore would make it out of the just-released Season 4, Part 2, alive. No spoilers here on that front, but it wouldn’t have been a risky bet to predict the final episodes in the fan-favorite series would quickly turn into one of the most-watched Netflix shows this week.

In fact, the new episodes only hit Netflix on Friday. But, no surprise, there was enough interest in seeing how everything turned out — not to mention people probably bingeing the first half of Season 4 to get caught up — that it sent the show rocketing straight to the top of one of the four global Top 10 lists that Netflix publishes each week.

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Ozark was, of course, already the #1 show in the US. You can tell by simply opening your Netflix and scrolling down to the row labeled “Top 10 TV Shows in the US Today.”

As that heading makes clear, though, that’s a US-focused ranking.

Once a week, on Tuesday, Netflix also shares data about the most-watched shows and movies globally in four categories. Two of them are Top 10 English-language rankings (of movies and TV shows). And then two more Top 10 lists rank non-English titles in those two categories. And Ozark is dominating one of those Top 10 rankings this week.

Global Top 10 list

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The Top 10 English-language shows on Netflix worldwide for April 25-May 1. Image source: Netflix

This week’s list — again, the one that includes only English-language shows — includes some predictable favorites, like Bridgerton and Inventing Anna. As well as buzzy reality titles, like Selling Sunset and The Ultimatum.

Ozark, though, was not only #1 with a bullet this week. It garnered more than double the amount of global viewing hours as the #2 show did on the full list (which you can check out below). Moreover, the now-ended series was a Top 10 Netflix show in a whopping 73 countries around the world this week.

Below, you’ll also find the list of global viewing hours that each title including Ozark on this week’s list racked up. And the data, by the way, covers the 7-day period that ended May 1:

Ozark: Season 4 — 78.4 million hours viewed

Selling Sunset: Season 5 — 34.3 million hours viewed

Anatomy of a Scandal — 30.1 million hours viewed

Bridgerton: Season 2 — 29.7 million hours viewed

Heartstopper: Season 1 — 23.9 million hours viewed

Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes — 20.9 million hours viewed

Grace and Frankie: Season 7 — 15.4 million hours viewed

The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On — 13.1 million hours viewed

Bridgerton: Season 1 — 12.1 million hours viewed

The Creature Cases: Season 1 — 11.7 million hours viewed

More Netflix coverage: For more Netflix news, check out our coverage of the latest new Netflix movies and series to watch.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis 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.

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