When looking at how consistently high each show ranked on Netflix, the tallying up revealed that CoComelon, the preschool animation series that started out on YouTube, was the most-watched show on Netflix in the U.S. this year (receiving 572 points for its various rankings on the daily lists), followed by The Office (438 points), The Queen’s Gambit (431 points), Tiger King (382 points), and Ozark (377 points).
In total, there were over 190 shows that made it into Netflix’s daily top 10 at one time or another between February 27 and December 9, 2020.The top 10 TV shows on Netflix in the U.S. this year, based on the number of appearances:
1. The Office (178 list appearances)
2. Cocomelon (104 list appearances)
3. Ozark (57 list appearances)
4. Schitt’s Creek (55 list appearances)
5. Avatar: The Last Airbender (54 list appearances)
6. Tiger King (50 list appearances)
7. The Queen’s Gambit (47 list appearances)
8. Outer Banks (45 list appearances)
9. Unsolved Mysteries (43 list appearances)
10. The Umbrella Academy (43 list appearances)
The top 10 TV shows on Netflix in the U.S. this year, based on the ranking of each title on the daily lists:
Every time a title appeared at #1, it was awarded 10 points. Nine points if it made it to #2, eight for position #3, seven for #4, and so on.
1. Cocomelon (572 ranking points)
2. The Office (438 ranking points)
3. The Queen’s Gambit (431 ranking points)
4. Tiger King (382 ranking points)
5. Ozark (377 ranking points)
6. Outer Banks (344 ranking points)
7. The Umbrella Academy (320 ranking points)
8. Unsolved Mysteries (310 ranking points)
9. Cobra Kai (299 ranking points)
10. Love is Blind (297 ranking points)
In both lists, Netflix originals make up more than half of the final top 10, with the two highest-ranking titles coming from licensed content.
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Over the years, Netflix has garnered a reputation for spending enormous amounts of money to secure original streaming content for its platform in a bid to stay ahead of its competitors in the increasingly crowded streaming landscape. At the start of the year, it was projected that Netflix would be spending $17.3 billion on new content for 2020, up from $15.3 billion the previous year.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.