“The Queen’s Gambit” is the most popular show on Netflix, according to the streaming service’s public ranking system, marking the third week in a row it has held the first-place spot. The show is also the most popular offering on the service regardless of format.
This Netflix Original stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a woman who survived a hard childhood as an orphan to become one of the world’s best chess players during the 1960s.
The top 10 this week doesn’t have as many Netflix Originals as it usually does. Two Netflix Originals that placed in the top five last week ― “Barbarians” and “Blood of Zeus” ― aren’t even in the top 10 anymore.
Instead, perennially popular shows like “The Office,” “Schitt’s Creek” and the children’s show “Cocomelon” dominate the list.
Netflix has had a quieter release schedule for Originals the past few weeks, and that slowdown seems to be catching up to the popularity list. As the end of the year approaches, I’m dreading having to make a 2020 best of Netflix shows list. I’ve been mostly underwhelmed by the offerings all year. With so many more subscription services debuting this year and Netflix recently raising prices, the value proposition does appear increasingly in danger.