Okay let’s just get all these year-end survey things out of the way today! CableTV.com used Google Trends to figure out which Netflix orignal series were most popular in all 50 states, and Marvel won the day:
The big winner? Marvel rules the Universe, inspiring blind devotion in fourteen states with Daredevil and strong-arming seven more into watching Jessica Jones. A few other Netflix originals like Bloodline and Orange is the New Black were regional favorites, but they didn’t come close to touching Marvel’s superhero streaming status. Each state’s favorite show was identified by compiling a list of all the original Netflix content, and then analyzing state data from Google Trends in 2016. For the purposes of this map, we excluded movies, children’s shows, continuations (series aired previously on another network), and limited, one-time specials so we could isolate popular original content in each state. For instance, shows like Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life made our list because Netflix is rebooting the series and creating original content from what was previously a discontinued network program.
I’m not certain what the methodology says about this. Jessica Jones came out in late 2015, and Daredevil 2 and Luke Cage was this year’s debut. Netflix doens’t make any ratings information public becuase…why should they? But the idea to is have HALF of all Netflix programming original eventually, so we’ll see a lot more comics programming coming up on there no doubt.
The controversial Iron Fist with Finn Jones as Danny Rand, is up next, set to debut on March 17th.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.