Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

I have slightly less interest in how people chill than in how they Netflix.

Many of my friends seem to follow the same process as we do in our house. 

This involves scrolling around, clueless to how Netflix's menus work, desperate to find something that we might want to watch.

Occasionally, it works. Occasionally, it takes more than 45 minutes, a frustrated visit to  Amazon Prime and then back to Netflix.

Our latest Netflix discovery is a show called Huge In France, which, depending on the twistedness-level of your humor, you might enjoy too.

Many have found it odd, over the years, that Netflix has always been shy about informing the world -- and especially money types -- about how many people actually watch its shows. And which shows people watch.

Which seems something of a significant omission. 

Netflix thinks that by offering a vast bundle, you won't think about such mundane things as ratings. It doesn't care so much what you watch, as long as you subscribe.

Yet, under pressure from the exigencies of human reality, the company has just released its first-ever weekly Top 10 list, so that you can at least compare your habits with strangers and perhaps even find inspiration.

As Variety reports, the list is currently limited to the U.K. 

Viewers there can now enjoy lists of the Overall Most-Watched Shows, Most-Watched Series, Most-Watched Movies and even Most-Watched Incomprehensible Things That We Just Put On Here To Confuse You.

I may have made that last one up.

Still, for both viewers and those who want to understand Netflix's business a little better, it's a start in knowing which tastes the streaming service panders to most.

Even if you still won't know how many actual people watched any specific show.

Few might be surprised that the most popular program of all in the U.K. is David Attenborough's Our Planet series.

More than a few eyebrows might tilt toward Heaven on learning that the most popular movie is The Perfect Date.

You'll still be yearning for a definition of watched.

Netflix says for an oeuvre to count in its counting, a viewer has to have watched at least 70 percent of it. However, the actual numbers of viewers are still a mystery.

For a long time, Netflix has traded on an enormous amount of goodwill from its customers.

Yet as the likes of Disney begin to creep toward its business, Netflix surely knows that it has to secure that goodwill for the long-term.

Clearly, Reed Hastings' company hopes that these new lists are something customers want. (I think they do.)

The company says the U.K. is its test market and, one imagines, that if this works -- it's unclear exactly how streamers will be served the lists -- then it will surely be expanded to all parts.

It has to be better than the emails I constantly get from Netflix.

They almost always recommend movies or series neither I nor my wife would ever want to see, even if we were stuck in an elevated yurt with only Netflix for company.

It's always worth expanding the way you communicate with customers, so that they can get a better picture of who you are and what you offer. And, indeed, of who your fellow customers are.

I wonder if Huge In France will ever appear on any U.S. list. Ever.

Published on: May 11, 2019
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