December 30, 2019 / 4:03 PM / 2 months ago

Netflix says 'Murder Mystery' its most popular U.S. release in 2019

    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed
    NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's original
film "Murder Mystery," starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam
Sandler, topped a list of the streaming service's most popular
releases of 2019 in the United States, Netflix said in a
statement on Monday.
    The third season of the science fiction series “Stranger
Things” came in second on the list, followed by the Michael Bay
action movie "6 Underground." The animated movie "Incredibles 2"
and Martin Scorsese's gangster film "The Irishman" took the
fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
    The ranking was based on the number of households watching
at least two minutes of a series, movie or special during its
first 28 days on Netflix in 2019, the streaming service said.
    Netflix, which boasts more than 158 million subscribers
around the world, only selectively releases viewership figures
for programming it considers a hit, and the numbers are not
verified by a third party. 
    Executives at Netflix have said they plan to be more
transparent with audience data to satisfy Hollywood producers
and stars and to help viewers decide what to watch.
    The limited details on what grabbed Netflix viewers'
attention this year came ahead of the company's Jan. 21
quarterly earnings report, which will disclose revenue and
membership by region for the first time.
    The streaming heavyweight is facing new competition,
particularly from Walt Disney Co, which has been
removing its movies from Netflix and putting them on the Disney+
streaming service.
    Netflix shares have risen 23% this year, the smallest annual
rise in three years. The S&P 500 Index is up 29% for the
 Top 10 most popular
 releases of 2019 (U.S.)
 1. Murder Mystery
 2. Stranger Things 3
 3. 6 Underground
 4. Incredibles 2
 5. The Irishman
 6. The Witcher
 7. Triple Frontier 
 8. Extremely Wicked,
 Shockingly Evil and Vile
 9. The Umbrella Academy    
 10. The Highwaymen

 (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Additional reporting by Lisa
Richwine in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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