Netflix to test new weekly 'top 10 list' that ranks most popular shows and movies

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Netflix has always kept its viewership numbers pretty close to the chest, and while it will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, the streaming colossus today revealed that it will soon begin testing a new feature that provides users with a definitive 'top 10 list' of its most popular TV shows and movies.

"Later in Q2 we’ll be running a test to improve our UK member experience by releasing weekly top 10 lists of the most popular content on our UK service across various programming categories," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in his Q1 letter to investors.

He continued, "For those who want to watch what others are watching, this may make choosing titles even easier." 

Of course, there's no guarantee the top 10 list will stick around after Netflix has finished testing the feature, with Hastings stating that, "After a few months we’ll decide whether to end or expand the test."

Netflix's already presents a list of top trending shows on its home screen, however, in this instance the shows and movies listed are all personally curated for each user based on their viewing history. It will be interesting to see how the overall list varies, and how the online conversation surrounding the feature evolves after the test kicks off in the coming months.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.