Netflix wants you to know Umbrella Academy, Triple Frontier, and Fyre are so hot right now

CNET | 4/16/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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Netflix's superhero series Umbrella Academy was watched by 45 million members' households.

Netflix is happy to brag about how many of its 148 million subscribers are watching its shows and movies -- it means more of you sheeple will click play too.

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Netflix let spill Tuesday that its heist movie Triple Frontier was watched by 52 million accounts, superhero series Umbrella Academy by 45 million and its Fyre Festival documentary by 25 million, all in their first month of release. These stats -- as was the case three months ago when it unleashed another flood of viewer metrics -- came as Netflix reported its quarterly results.

"We're trying to get to a place where we can be a lot more transparent, both with our producers and with our customers, who are...influenced heavily by 'What's the world watching?'" Netflix's head of content Ted Sarandos said Tuesday during an live-streamed interview. He and CEO Reed Hastings added that Netflix would be rolling out more of these viewership stats over the coming year.

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"We're just beginning to start to share that data," Hastings said.

Previously, Netflix was famously tight-lipped about how many people watch its stuff. The creator of House of Cards, the show that put Netflix original content on the map, once said the company wouldn't even share viewership metrics with him. Netflix has dribbled out popularity details in the past. It said that Bright in 2017 was one of its most popular titles in its first month and that Adam Sandler movies accumulated 500 million hours of viewing at one point. But few of those disclosures include "here's how many members watched" specifics.

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But in January, the streaming giant disclosed that apocalyptic thriller Bird Box was watched by...
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