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Netflix statistics 2024: Subscriber amount, time watched, and platform growth

Verified by Molly Dyson

It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years for Netflix.

After revealing it had lost 200,000 subscribers in Q1 2022 alone – a report that led to the biggest single drop in the company’s stock, ever – Netflix lost another million subscribers in Q2. 

Compared to the previous year, the streaming giant’s revenue was also down, for the first time in a decade. Inflation, piracy, and account-sharing were rife – and Netflix was footing the bill.

Then, things changed. Fuelled by a crackdown on the sharing of accounts, Netflix’s stock, in June 2023, was up 15 per cent – and, when it comes to subscribers (238.4 million worldwide) and net profit (US$2.8 billion in the first half of 2023, and counting), the world’s most popular streaming service is on track for a record year.

So what’s the story with Netflix? We’re diving deep into the data to find out.

Independent Advisor’s researchers have pulled together all the latest Netflix statistics – from its latest subscriber and net profit figures to the regions it’s most popular in – to chart its ongoing dominance of the streaming service scene.

In which country does Netflix offer the most bang for your buck? What’s the most watched movie on Netflix to date? And how much of its content is actually original?

Let’s find out.

Top Netflix statistics

  • As of Q2 2023, Netflix has around 238.4 million subscribers worldwide – an increase of 5.89 million subscribers compared to the previous quarter. (Statista)
  • With almost 80 million subscribers, the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) makes up the majority of Netflix’s total global subscriber base. (Statista)
  • In Q1 2023, almost 17 million UK households had Netflix accounts.
  • On top of 222 million paying households worldwide, Netflix estimates more than 100 million households are accessing its service through password-sharing – with 30 million of those households being located in the US and Canada.
  • Since creating an account, the average Netflix user in the UK has consumed more than 55 days’ worth of content.
  • On average, Netflix subscribers tend to spend 3.2 hours per day on the platform. That’s 6 billion collective hours – every month!
  • In 2022, Netflix generated a staggering $31.6bn in revenue, for a year-on-year increase of 6.7 per cent. (Netflix)
  • The US market accounted for $14.08bn  – or close to half (44.55 per cent) – of Netflix’s 2022 revenue. EMEA, with $9.74bn (30.82 per cent) was second. (Netflix)
  • In 2022, Netflix’s net profit was $4.4bn – down from $5.1bn in 2021. It was the streaming service’s first drop in income vis a vis the previous year since 2012. (Netflix)
  • In the US, Netflix’s revenue per user in 2022 was $15.86 – the highest out of EMEA ($10.99), Latin America ($8.48), and Asia Pacific ($8.50). (Netflix)
  • Netflix splurged $16.8bn on content in 2022 – a drop of almost $1bn from 2021’s $17.7bn total content spend.
  • With 22.4 per cent of the total streaming minutes share in the US, Netflix is America’s most popular streaming service. Its closest rivals are YouTube (20.4 per cent) and Hulu (11.2 per cent).
  • Netflix’s US library is larger than that of all other major streaming services – including Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+ and Peacock – with one exception: Amazon Prime’s estimated 29,000+ movies and TV shows. (JustWatch, as cited in Business of Apps)
  • According to Netflix, half of its subscribers access content on a mobile device each month.

How many subscribers does Netflix have?

Globally – and as of Q2 2023 – Netflix has around 238.4 million subscribers. And every year since 2011, this number has increased (Statista).

Let’s dive into Netflix’s total subscriber figures, taken from Q2 each year, over the last 12.5 years.

Netflix’s total global subscriber base

2011 21.5 million
2012 25.71 million
2013 35.63 million
2014 47.99 million
2015 62.71 million
2016 79.9 million
2017 99.04 million
2018 124.35 million
2019 151.56 million
2020 192.95 million
2021 209 million
2022 220.6 million
2023 (so far) 238.4 million

We probably don’t need to go into too much detail in explaining Netflix’s biggest yearly subscriber increase – between 2019 and 2020, at the start of the Covid pandemic – when it gained more than 41 million new subscribers. Speaking of which, during the first major lockdown in the US, it’s estimated by that the country streamed around 204 billion hours of Netflix.

What’s more intriguing, though, is how the growth rate slows between 2021 and 2022 – when Netflix gains just 11.6 million, compared to the previous year’s 16.05 million bump. 

Netflix announced as much at the end of Q1 2022, when it reported that it had, in the first three months of the year alone, lost a staggering 200,000 subscribers. The day after the report’s release, Netflix’s stock plummeted by over 35 per cent – the single biggest drop in the company’s history.

Things soon got worse when, in July 2022, Netflix reported a loss of another million subscribers in Q2 2022.

What happened? Well, Netflix put it down to increasing competition from other streaming services, while also pointing the finger at inflation. The easing of COVID-19-related restrictions wouldn’t have helped Netflix’s cause, though – and neither would the streaming service’s rising prices:

  • In the US, a Standard plan went from $14 in January 2022 to $15.49 in July 2022
  • In the UK, a Standard plan went from £6.99 in January 2022 to £10.99 in July 2022

But Netflix’s subscriber bleed wasn’t its only problem.

Netflix password sharing: Statistics and crackdown

Netflix’s real issue? Password-sharing.

Search Logistics predicts that around 27 per cent of Netflix subscribers ‘share’ the account of someone in their household, with a further 14 per cent using a friend’s or family member’s account.

That’s not to say it’s Netflix’s problem alone, though. Piracy and account-sharing cost paid-for TV and streaming providers $9.1bn in lost revenue in 2019 – a figure that, according to consultancy firm Parks Associates (as cited in LA Times), is expected to hit $12.5bn by 2024. 

More liberal estimates from Citi (as cited in LA Times) double this figure, claiming password-sharing already costs streaming services $25bn per year, and that Netflix’s losses account for a quarter of this total.

That adds up to a whopping 41 per cent of Netflix users who aren’t paying.

Netflix’s solution is to clamp down on account sharing – something it began trialing in Latin America in 2022, and began rolling out across the world in 2023. Netflix subscribers in Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and Portugal were next, and – as of May 23 – the crackdown landed in the US, too.

The move allows subscribers in an ever-increasing number of countries around the world to add up to two people from other households to their account (each addition is less than the cost of a standalone subscription), but not to share passwords as they used to.

And the strategy already looks to be working. In Q2 2023 alone, Netflix added 5.89 million new subscribers. Extrapolate this out into a full year, and that’s almost 24 million subscribers – a figure that, if it comes to fruition, would represent Netflix’s second-largest subscriber growth in a single year (behind only the pandemic-propelled 2019 to 2020 year).

Netflix said: “While we’re still in the early stages of monetisation, we’re seeing healthy conversion of borrower households into full paying Netflix memberships as well as the uptake of our extra member feature. We are revenue and paid membership positive versus prior to the launch of paid sharing across every region in our latest launch.”

Speaking of regions – where does Netflix have the strongest presence?

Netflix’s subscribers by region: 2018 to 2022 (in millions)

Year US and Canada EMEA Asia Pacific Latin America
2018 64.7 37.8 10.6 26
2019 67.6 51.7 16.2 31.4
2020 73.9 66.7 25.4 37.5
2021 75.2 74 32.6 39.9
2022 74.2 76.7 38 41.6

In 2022, the EMEA – which added 2.7 million Netflix subscribers to its ranks between 2021 and 2022 – overtook the US and Canada as Netflix’s strongest regional subscriber base.

Netflix’s subscriber base in Asia Pacific and Latin America also grew by 5.2 million and 1.7 million, respectively. While, conversely, Netflix lost a million subscribers in the US and Canada.

Netflix’s user demographics

Who watches more Netflix – men or women?

As it turns out, there’s almost nothing between them:

  • 51 per cent of Netflix users are men
  • 49 per cent of Netflix users are women

As for generational demographics, Netflix is most popular amongst Gen Y and Z, with three in four survey respondents (aged 18 to 35) having a subscription.

That said, Boomers are no stranger to a good box set binge – and one recent study showed that almost half (44 per cent) of people over 65 had a Netflix subscription.

How many titles does Netflix have?

According to the Unofficial Netflix Online Global Search (uNoGS), as of October 2022, Netflix has the rights to more than 17,300 titles across its international libraries – however, certain titles are only available in particular countries.

Many streamers traveling overseas have gotten around this particular roadblock, however, through the use of virtual private networks (VPNs).

VPNs change a streamer’s IP address, allowing them to unlock content from the country or region they’re subscribed in – even when they’re away from home. For example, someone living in the UK, but on holiday in France, could use a VPN to unlock the series they were watching back home (but a show unavailable in France) to enjoy while away. 

Slovakia is Netflix’s largest library, with a total library size of 8,427 titles, while its smallest library, with a comparatively paltry 969 titles, is Uganda’s.

How about the UK? Well, though it might feel as though you’ve watched everything on there a thousand times already, in reality that’s unlikely. The UK’s total of 7,482 movies and TV shows means it boasts the eighth-most titles of all of Netflix’s libraries. (Comparitech)

As for the US, its library of 6,135 titles – including 2,299 TV shows and 3,836 movies – places 46th amongst the world’s countries.

But which country offers the best value for money?

Most cost-effective places to watch Netflix

Research from Comparitech – which looks at the number of titles in 104 countries, and how much a Netflix subscription costs in each – shows that Pakistan is the most cost-effective country to watch Netflix in. With a monthly cost of just $1.72 and access to 6,244 titles, Netflix in Pakistan works out at a price per title of just $0.00028.

India and Egypt ($0.00038 and $0.00039, respectively) are also places where Netflix’s basic plan won’t hurt you in the pocket. While Morocco, Colombia, Turkey, Argentina, Philippines, Bulgaria, and Tunisia round out the top 10 most cost-effective countries to binge Netflix.

Regardless of library size, the top 10 cheapest places in the world to watch Netflix on a basic plan are:

  1. Pakistan ($1.72 per month)
  2. Egypt ($2.29 per month)
  3. Kenya ($9.53 per month)
  4. India ($2.40 per month)
  5. Morocco ($3.37 per month)
  6. Turkey ($3.39 per month)
  7. Colombia ($3.40 per month)
  8. Argentina ($3.59 per month)
  9. Bolivia ($3.99 per month)
  10. Cape Verde ($3.99 per month)

Least cost-effective places to watch Netflix

On the other side of the coin, Comparitech’s research demonstrated that, with a monthly cost of $8.42 and just 1,746 titles available, Guernsey is the least cost-effective place to watch Netflix, with a price per title of $0.00482.

Predictably, Uganda’s smallest title library ($0.00412) means it comes in second, while Seychelles and Nigeria ($0.00345 and $0.00324, respectively) follow closely. Making up the rest of the top 10 are Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, and Ghana – meaning that, of the 10 least cost-effective places to watch Netflix, 80 per cent are in Africa.

This lack of choice is, somewhat, reflected in a lack of uptake. Africa’s total Netflix subscriptions, in 2021, was estimated at 2.61 million – just 1.25 per cent of Netflix’s total of 209 million global subscribers that year. However, Statista expects this figure to grow – and, by the end of 2026, the total number of Netflix subscribers in Africa is forecast to hit 5.84 million.

Regardless of library size, the top 10 most expensive places in the world to watch Netflix on a basic plan are:

  1. Liechtenstein ($12.78 per month)
  2. Switzerland ($12.78 per month)
  3. Denmark ($11.25 per month)
  4. United States ($9.99 per month)
  5. Singapore ($9.68 per month)
  6. Belgium ($9.53 per month)
  7. France ($9.53 per month)
  8. French Guiana ($9.53 per month)
  9. Ireland ($9.53 per month)
  10. Monaco ($9.53 per month)

Netflix’s original content

Since Netflix started producing original content in 2013 – an endeavor which began with the acclaimed House of Cards – it’s generated more than 1,500 original titles.

That said, it can be tricky to get an exact sense of which of these Netflix has created in-house, and which ones it simply has exclusive rights to broadcast – since both get slapped with the “Netflix Original” banner.

One 2022 report suggested that more than 3,100 Netflix titles in the US are Netflix Originals – so around 50 per cent of the country’s total library.

As for what’s popular, the most-viewed Netflix original series is the first season of Squid Game. Second – and the most-viewed Netflix original series in the English language – is the first season of Wednesday. Third is season 4 of Stranger Things.

How much time do viewers spend watching Netflix?

In 2020, the average Netflix user spent 3.2 hours per day on the platform.

And, if we look at the historical data since 2009 – just two years after Netflix’s streaming service launched in the US, and one before it began to roll out internationally – that figure has grown every year, without fail.

2009 6 minutes
2010 24 minutes
2011 48 minutes
2012 1 hour 12 minutes
2013 1 hour 24 minutes
2014 1 hour 36 minutes
2015 1 hour 28 minutes
2019 2 hours
2020 3 hours 12 minutes

Three hours and 12 minutes every day equals a collective total of over 6 billion hours per month. And around 288GB spent on data every month – each.

Another 2022 report, from Statista, showed surveyed adults spent 60 minutes per day on Netflix in 2020, 2021, and 2022 – with this number expected to rise to an average of 61 minutes per day in 2024. This is in contrast to TikTok (48 predicted minutes per day in 2024) and YouTube (46 minutes per day).

So – are there any geographic trends dictating those hours spent binging?

According to Comparitech, there are. And they have a distinctly Commonwealth flavour.

Research from almost 30,000 Netflix viewing histories shows that, since opening their Netflix account:

  • Canadians have streamed 94,648 minutes – or 66 days – of Netflix
  • Americans have streamed 88,643 minutes – or 62 days – of Netflix
  • Brits have streamed 78,784 minutes – or 55 days – of Netflix
  • Australians have streamed 67,818 minutes – or 48 days – of Netflix

What are they watching, exactly? Invariably, it’s TV shows, which accounted for:

  • 85 per cent of titles watched in the US
  • 80 per cent of titles watched in Canada
  • 78 per cent of titles watched in Australia and the UK

As of 2023, The Office (US version) is the most frequently streamed TV show on Netflix. It was watched for a total of 57.1 billion minutes during its run on the platform, which ended in December 2022. In terms of movies, 2021’s Red Notice – with over 454 million hours streamed – is the most frequently watched film on Netflix.

Here’s the full list of the top 10 most-watched movies on Netflix, as reported by Collider:

  1. Red Notice (2021): 454.2 million hours
  2. Don’t Look Up (2021): 408.6 million hours
  3. Bird Box (2021): 325.2 million hours
  4. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022): 320.3 million hours
  5. The Gray Man (2022): 299.5 million hours
  6. The Adam Project (2022): 281 million hours
  7. Extraction (2022): 266.9 million hours
  8. The Mother (2023): 254 million hours
  9. Spenser Confidential (2020): 238.9 million hours
  10. We Can Be Heroes (2020): 231.2 million hours

How much money does Netflix make?

In Q2 2023, Netflix made an eye-watering $8.19bn in revenue – a 2.72 per cent year-on-year growth. Of that, $1.49bn was net profit, with a net profit margin of over 18 per cent.

This was up from Q1 2023, in which Netflix reported $8.16bn in revenue, $1.31bn in net profit, and a net profit margin of 16 per cent.

That means Netflix’s annual 2023 income so far (as at the end of Q2) is $2.8bn. So how does this stack up against the historical data?

Here are Netflix’s yearly net profit totals since 2011:

2011 $225m 2017 $560m
2012 $17m 2018 $1.21bn
2013 $112m 2019 $1.87bn
2014 $266m 2020 $2.76bn
2015 $122m 2021 $5.1bn
2016 $188m 2022 $4.49bn

If Netflix performs as well in the second half of 2023 as it did in the third, it can expect to see a net profit of $5.6bn – which would represent a new net profit record.

So – who’s driving all that growth?

Netflix’s employees

Netflix employs around 12,800 people, who earn an average annual salary of $145,828 (or around $70 per hour). The median salary at Netflix is $142,504 ($68 per hour).

The highest earner is a corporate counsel, at $350,000 per year. Employees in operations can expect a salary of around $116,480, finance $115,359, and communications $228,345. At $58,356, an office manager is currently the lowest-paid position at Netflix.

And, like its viewers, Netflix’s employees have a nearly equal gender split.

In 2022, 49.6 per cent of the streaming service’s employees identified as female, 45 per cent were male, and 1.3 per cent identified as an additional gender identity.

As for ethnicity, in 2021, 9.1 per cent of Netflix employees identified as Black or African American – double the figure recorded in 2018.


Netflix has been rolling with the punches ever since it was founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in 1997.

In 2000, the pair pitched their company to Blockbuster for $50 million – and were flat-out rejected. Since then, Netflix has experienced stiff competition, poorly received original content, and months where both its subscribers and stock were in freefall. It’s also navigated 26 years’ worth of account-sharing, inflation, and increasingly demanding consumer preferences.

Yet for all that, it’s still around. Even up against Amazon, Netflix is still dominating the streaming space – and has a brand that is essentially synonymous with on-demand TV.

We’ll leave you with the top Netflix statistics that illustrate this streaming service provider’s ongoing monopoly of the market.

Will it stay there? Who knows – but based on these figures, we wouldn’t bet against it.

Netflix symbol thumbnail

Netflix statistics: That’s a wrap!

  • Netflix is America’s most popular streaming service, with 22.4 per cent of the total streaming minutes share in the US
  • Netflix has around 238.4 million subscribers worldwide
  • Netflix employs around 12,800 people
  • Netflix made an incredible $8.19bn in revenue – in Q2 2023 alone!
  • In 2022, Netflix reported a net profit of $4.4bn 
  • Netflix has the rights to more than 17,300 titles globally
  • Netflix added 5.89 million new subscribers in Q2 2023 alone

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Rob Binns


Rob is an experienced writer and editor, with a wide range of experience in many topics, including renewable energy and appliances, home security, and business software. He has written for Eco Experts, Home Business, Expert Market, Payments Journal, and Yahoo! Finance. . 

Rob has a passion for smart home technology, online privacy, as well as the environment and renewables, which leads him to the Independent Advisor where he writes about related topics, including cyber security, VPNs, and solar power.

Molly Dyson

Senior Editor

After growing up with a passion for writing, Molly studied journalism and creative writing at university in her home country of the United States.

She has written for a variety of print and online publications, from small town newspapers to international magazines. Most of her 10-year career since relocating to the UK has been spent in business journalism, writing and editing for admin professionals at PA Life magazine and business travel managers at Business Travel News Europe and representing those titles at conferences around the world.

Now an Editor at the Independent Advisor, Molly is an expert in a broad range of consumer topics, that include solar panels and renewables, home improvements and home insurance, and consumer technology such as home security and VPNs.

In her free time, Molly can usually be found exploring the outdoors with her husband and their young son or gardening.